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Illa Experience Hotel

Deeply rooted in Quito history, Illa Hotel is located in the 400-year-old San Marcos neighborhood of the Centro Historico. This Colonial Era building dates to the 1700s.

Completely refurbished in 2017, the mansion’s historic elements include columns, arches, and decorative stonework. Due to the hotel’s classic character, each of the 10 rooms is unique.

The three levels of the hotel highlight key periods of the capital city’s history: Colonial, Republican, and Contemporary.  Throughout the common areas, you’ll find touches to make you feel at home: fresh fruit trays, bottled spring water, artisan cheeses, and house-blended coffee with hints of citrus.

Accommodations 

In-room amenities:

  • Individual air conditioning controls
  • Heated floors
  • Blackout curtains
  • Wi-Fi
  • Television
  • Robes
  • Slippers
  • Hair dryer
  • Scale
  • Security box
  • Per piece laundry service is also available

Master Suites & Suites

Many of these suites offer views of Junin Street or the Panecillo Virgin monument. Each has its own personality; all feature ornate furniture, hand-embroidered blankets, bathtubs, and luxury amenities. The maximum occupancy is 2 adults and 1 child.


Deluxe Rooms

The 6 Deluxe Rooms offer views of the bustling Quito streets and have a maximum occupancy of 2 adults and 1 child.

Amenities

Among the amenities offered at Illa Experience Hotel are:

  • Restaurant
  • Roof bar
  • Wine cellar
  • Fitness room
  • Lounge
  • Massage room
  • Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Elevator
  • Air conditioning
  • Wi-Fi

Experiences

The hotel is located in the historic neighborhood of San Marcos, known for its community of writers, artisans, and musicians. Tapping into the community’s talents and heritage, Illa offers daily experiences in the lobby and terraces. These range from hot chocolate and coffee making to painting and weaving workshops with local artists.

LANDED arranges touring within Quito’s historic center, and in the surrounding countryside. Day trip options include biking, riding, helicopter tours of the Avenue of Volcanoes, and visits to market towns and rose plantations.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT ILLA EXPERIENCE HOTEL? LANDED PROVIDES PERSONALIZED, CUSTOM TRAVEL WITHIN CENTRAL AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA, AND THE ANTARCTIC. WE’LL CREATE A UNIQUE ITINERARY PLAN TAILORED TO YOUR INTERESTS AND DREAMS. EXPERIENCE THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME. SPEAK WITH ONE OF OUR EXPERT TRAVEL PLANNERS TODAY AT 801.582.2100.

Estancia Los Potreros

Estancia Los Potreros is a family-owned, 600-acre ranch is the rolling sierra outside Cordoba city and is one of our favorite hotels in Argentina. The estancia dates back to the 16th century and has been farmed by the Anglo-Argentine Begg family for more than a century.

This Cordoba hotel offers solitude, peace, and luxury of experience. The main house is filled with warmth and charm.

Yellow fields surrounded by green grass hills and blue skies.

The guest rooms are rustic, cozy, and unfussy, with accommodation for a maximum of 12 guests.

The exterior of Los Potreros has white wash walls and red roofs surrounded by green grass.The interior of the Estancia has antique furniture, wood beams, wood floors and tables.

Accommodations 

Each room is furnished with historical antiques and bookcases that keep the estancia-style alive. The rooms are warmed by wood-burning stoves and kept cool in the summer due to adobe walls.

The beds and linen are the highest quality and offer each guest a cozy and comfortable stay.

The exterior of the casita at Los Portreros is white-wash and red roofed and surrounded by green grass.The interior of Los Potreros features stone walls, king bed, and antique furniture.The interior of the Los Potreros interior features stone walls, colorful rugs, windows and furniture.

Dining Experience

Lunches and dinners at Los Potreros are taken together at the estancia’s family table. Guests will get to indulge in traditional Argentine ‘asado’ or barbeque, freshly baked bread, and more.

The estancia makes its own grass-fed beef and organic vegetables, fruit and eggs.  The hotel also boasts some of the finest Argentine wines.

A batch of fresh bread sits on an antique stove at Los Potreros.The vegetable garden at Los Potreros includes lettuce, basil and other green vegetables.

Activities 

A highlight of the estancia is the horseback riding. The horses and riding guides here are unmatched, with options for all skill levels. Owners Louisa and Kevin Begg make it a point to have each guest riding every day.

Guests can also observe gaucho horse-training techniques, visit nearby waterfalls, go birdwatching, and learn the essentials of Argentine cooking.

Los Potreros is an example of the axiom: properties with heart have friendly dogs.

People ride on horses at Los Potreros in a green grass hill.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT LOS POTREROS? LANDED PROVIDES PERSONALIZED, CUSTOM TRAVEL WITHIN CENTRAL AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA, AND THE ANTARCTIC. WE’LL CREATE A UNIQUE ITINERARY PLAN TAILORED TO YOUR INTERESTS AND DREAMS. EXPERIENCE THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME. SPEAK WITH ONE OF OUR EXPERT TRAVEL PLANNERS TODAY AT 801.582.2100.

Kichic Boutique Hotel

KiCHIC is located in front of the beach in the northern Peruvian surf town of Mancora.

The “Ki” is a nod to the Japanese concept of vitality, and the “chic” is an indication of the owners’ signature style–a breezy blend of simplicity and comfort.

Each of the nine guest rooms incorporates local materials and has an individual personality.

In-room amenities include:

  • Hair dryer
  • Security box
  • Desk
  • AC
  • Bathrobes
  • Cotton Sheets
  • TV and DirecTV
  • Bath products
  • Towels
  • Minibar
  • Tea Set

Barro

The Barro room has access to the KiCHIC gardens and a shared terrace.


Elefante 

This room has an outdoor private terrace with views of the ocean and KiCHIC gardens.


Hualtaco

This room is 753 square feet and has access to a shared outdoor terrace and KiCHIC gardens.


Ki

This room features a private terrace with ocean views. There’s a bathroom with outdoor shower.


Piedra

This room features a private terrace and is surrounded by a large stone wall. It has garden views.


Suite Himalaya

This suite has a queen-sized bed, ocean views and private terrace.


Suite Chic

This suite has an outdoor terrace with a wooden deck, sunbeds, a beach views and private beach access. Inside, there’s a large bathroom with an outdoor shower and living room.


Suite Balance

Suite Balance has a small living room and a spacious bathroom with outdoor shower. Its outdoor terrace features a small private pool.


Suite Neem 

Suite Neem is Suite Balance’s twin sister. It also has a compact living room, and bathroom with outdoor shower. Outside it has a private terrace with a small pool, sun beds, and partial ocean-view.

Amenities 

Among the amenities available at KiChic are:

  • Vegetarian restaurant offering seasonal vegetables harvested from the organic garden
  • Lounge
  • Bar
  • Library
  • Swimming pool
  • Sun deck
  • Gardens
  • Wi-Fi

Activities 

KiCHIC offers deep-tissue massages at its spa.  Yoga and meditation sessions are also available.

LANDED also arranges kite-surfing and surfing classes, whale watching tours, cooking classes, desert tours, and private cinema screenings on the beach.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT KICHIC HOTEL? LANDED PROVIDES PERSONALIZED, CUSTOM TRAVEL WITHIN CENTRAL AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA, AND THE ANTARCTIC. WE’LL CREATE A UNIQUE ITINERARY PLAN TAILORED TO YOUR INTERESTS AND DREAMS. EXPERIENCE THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME. SPEAK WITH ONE OF OUR EXPERT TRAVEL PLANNERS TODAY AT 801.582.2100.

Harmony Hotel Nosara

Harmony Hotel Nosara is a family-owned boutique hotel adjacent to Playa Guiones—one of Costa Rica’s best loved surf beaches.

The beach is accessed by a short trail through the “wall of nature” required as a buffer to development.

Once a simple motel, Harmony Hotel Nosara was purchased by its current owners as a way to protect the site from overdevelopment.

Accommodations

The 24 airy guest rooms feature contemporary furnishings, native wood, and crisp linens. The bungalow category rooms add private sun porches and hammocks.

Each guest room is furnished with air conditioning, ceiling fan, television, security box, mini-bar, and hairdryer. Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.

This stay includes a full a la carte breakfast and one yoga class per day for each guest.


Cocos

These 10 rooms are each 240 square feet and feature a private patio, outdoor shower, King-size bed, and can accommodate up to 2 adults and a crib.

An outdoor deck patio features a white hammock and rainforest trees.

Bungalows

The 13 bungalows are 350 square feet and feature a private deck, outdoor shower and King-size bed. The bungalows can accommodate up to 4 people.

This suite features a sofa, king bed, wood panels, and outdoor view.

Suite

The hotel’s two-bedroom suite can accommodate two families of 4 is 700 square feet. Each bedroom has a sofa that may be used as a twin bed.

The suite features a bathroom, shower, and tub, wooden deck and sitting area.

The interior of the harmony suite with a king-size bed, outdoor window, wood beamed ceiling.

Villa 1

This 2,875 square foot villa features 3 beds, 3 bathrooms and can sleep 6 adults. The villa is equipped with a kitchen, dining area, lounge area, outdoor shower, private pool, King-size bed and day bed.

The interior of this Harmony Villa has wood beamed ceilings, large kitchen with bar table, chairs, and low-hanging lamps.A blue outdoor pool with blue and white umbrellas sit on an outdoor patio.

Villa 2

This 1,560 square foot villa features 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bath and sleeps six adults. The villa is equipped with a kitchen, dining area, lounge area, outdoor shower, King-size bed and day bed.

The interior of the villa features a kitchen, wood beamed ceiling, bar stools and couches.The villas feature a king-size bed, tiled floor and bathroom.

Amenities

Among the hotel amenities are a restaurant, juice bar, bookshop, yoga platform, healing center (offering spa services), and swimming pool.

The Harmony Hotel has an outdoor yoga studio with bamboo ceiling.An Avocado sandwich features green vegetables, salsa and garnishes.The outdoor Harmony pool is surrounded by rainforest leaves.

Exploring Playa Guiones

The Harmony Hotel is just a two-minute walk to Playa Guiones in Nosara, which was voted one of the world’s top twenty surf towns. Surfers of all levels can expect to catch consistent year-round waves.

Other activities include Sea Turtle excursions, horseback rides along the beach, explore nearby beaches, kayaking, coffee farm visits, and hiking in nature reserves.

A man wades into the water at sunset to surf.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT HARMONY HOTEL NOSARA? LANDED PROVIDES PERSONALIZED, CUSTOM TRAVEL WITHIN CENTRAL AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA, AND THE ANTARCTIC. WE’LL CREATE A UNIQUE ITINERARY PLAN TAILORED TO YOUR INTERESTS AND DREAMS. EXPERIENCE THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME. SPEAK WITH ONE OF OUR EXPERT TRAVEL PLANNERS TODAY AT 801.582.2100.

El Albergue

El Albergue is a hidden gem, tucked between an organic farm and the bustling Ollantaytambo’s train station.  Most guests enter the hotel through the station’s cafe, where a back door leads to a garden space enclosed by terraced walls, a fountain, and two-story guest houses.

Owned and managed by generations of the Randall family, El Albergue has the feel of a cozy country house.  Rabbits nibble at the grass, while hummingbirds and butterflies pollinate fuchsia, passionflower, peach, and avocado.  That atmosphere is surprising, given the hotel’s proximity to the Sacred Valley’s main train stop on the Machu Picchu railway line.

The gardens at El Albergue include fresh flowers and greenery framed around a casita hotel.

Accommodations 

The rooms are simple and airy, many with private balconies and fireplaces. Most rooms do not have televisions or air conditioning, both of which feel unnecessary here.


Albergue Casita

This casita is ideal for families or guests who want extra space. The casita features two bedrooms and an en-suite bathroom. One bedroom has a Queen bed and the other bedroom has two twin beds.

In-room amenities:

  • Room Service
  • Fridge
  • Kitchen
  • Telephone
  • Wifi
  • Security Box
  • Bathrobes
  • Towels
  • Hair Dryer
  • Tea/Coffee making
This casita features a full kitchen with a silver fridge, stovetop, dining area and large windows.

Superior Balcony

The Superior Balcony rooms have one Queen bed and one twin bed and a private bathroom.

In-room amenities:

  • Room Service
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Fridge
  • Telephone
  • Wifi
  • Security Box
  • Desk
  • Bathrobes
  • Towels
  • Hair Dryer
  • Tea/Coffee making
  • Minibar
  • Balcony
The Superior Balcony room at Albergue includes wood floors, a king size bed, large windows and interior heating.

Superior Garden

The Superior Garden rooms have one Queen bed and one twin bed and a private bathroom.  An extra twin bed can be added to accommodate up to four guests.

In-room amenities:

  • Room Service
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Fridge
  • Telephone
  • Wifi
  • Security Box
  • Desk
  • Bathrobes
  • Towels
  • Hair Dryer
  • Tea/Coffee making
  • Minibar
  • Balcony
The Superior Garden suite at Albergue includes a king-size bed, wood floors, artwork and windows facing the garden.

Double Plus

This room has a private balcony where guests can enjoy views of the surrounding gardens. The Double Plus has one double bed and one twin bed and a private bathroom.

In-room amenities:

  • Room Service
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Wifi
  • Security Box
  • Desk
  • Bathrobes
  • Towels
  • Hair Dryer
  • Tea/Coffee making
  • Minibar
  • Balcony
The double plus room at Albergue features a queen size bed, wood beams, artwork and large windows.

Standard King

The Standard King room has one King bed and a private bathroom.

In-room amenities:

  • Room Service
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Wifi
  • Security Box
  • Desk
  • Bathrobes
  • Towels
  • Hair Dryer
  • Tea/Coffee making
  • Minibar
  • Balcony
The Standard room at albergue includes a white king size bed, green artwork, a large window and wood floors.

Standard Double

The Standard Double rooms have one double bed and one twin bed and a private bathroom.

In-room amenities:

  • Room Service
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Wifi
  • Security Box
  • Desk
  • Bathrobes
  • Towels
  • Hair Dryer
  • Tea/Coffee making
  • Minibar
  • Balcony
The double standard room at El Albergue features two twin beds, wood bed frames and garden views.

Standard Double Twin 

The Standard Triple rooms have three twin beds and a private bathroom.

In-room amenities:

  • Room Service
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Wifi
  • Security Box
  • Desk
  • Bathrobes
  • Towels
  • Hair Dryer
  • Tea/Coffee making
  • Minibar
  • Balcony

Amenities

Among the amenities offered at El Albergue are:

  • Farm-to-table garden restaurant
  • Distillery
  • Bar
  • Natural eucalyptus sauna
  • Luggage storage
  • Wi-Fi
  • Horseback and farm tours
Albergue dining includes fresh meats, fruits and vegetables.The Albergue distillery features large tanks of beer and other alcohol.

The hotel is located at the northern end of the Sacred Valley in Ollantaytambo–roughly 90 minutes by road from Cusco and 1 hour 45 minutes by rail from Machu Picchu. Ollantaytambo’s massive hillside temple complex is a short walk away. The hotel can also serve as a base for day trips to the ancient Inca sites of Pisac, Chinchero, Moray, and the Maras salt terraces.

LANDED also arranges privately guided hiking tours to highland communities, weaving workshops, and picnics.  Among the adventure options are kayaking, biking, riding, rock climbing, and zip-lining excursions.  Most of our clients spend two to three nights, then travel to Machu Picchu for at least one night before continuing on to Cusco.

A woman stands in front of a green grass amphitheater of stone and ruins.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT EL ALBERGUE? LANDED PROVIDES PERSONALIZED, CUSTOM TRAVEL WITHIN CENTRAL AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA, AND THE ANTARCTIC. WE’LL CREATE A UNIQUE ITINERARY PLAN TAILORED TO YOUR INTERESTS AND DREAMS. EXPERIENCE THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME. SPEAK WITH ONE OF OUR EXPERT TRAVEL PLANNERS TODAY AT 801.582.2100.