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Titilaka

Titilaka is one of our favorite lodges: an 18-guestroom retreat on a private peninsula in Lake Titicaca.

As a Relais & Chateaux boutique hotel, cuisine and personalized care are priorities.

The full board program includes:

  • Transfers in/out
  • Activities and excursions
  • Meals
  • Beverages (including alcohol, except premium)
  • Cocktails in the afternoon + sundowner activity
  • Tea time
  • VIP lounge access in July
  • Wireless hotspot
A wood terrace with two benches sit above the Lake Titicaca water at Titilaka lodge.

Titilaka hotel rests on the southern shore of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America and the world’s highest commercially navigable lake.

Lake Titicaca is known for its diverse wildlife, including a variety of bird species that inhabit the lake and its surroundings.

A man in a wood canoe paddles across a large blue Titicaca Lake.

Accommodations

Each of the hotel’s 18 guest rooms face the water, either to the lake (dawn) or the golden lagoon (dusk).

The rooms range from 290 to 505 square feet. They can accommodate anywhere from 2-4 guests and feature king or double beds.

In-room amenities include:

  • Heated floors
  • Sofa overlooking the lake
  • Mini-bar
  • Wireless speakers
  • Security box
  • Table
  • Blackout curtains
  • Overhead bed lamps and coffee table
  • Mirrors
  • Shower
  • Private toilet
  • Bathroom kit
  • Hair dryer
The Titilaka Lodge features a room with a king size bed, large lake views and white interiors.The living room at Titilaka lodge features wood floors, lake views and wood furnishings.The bathroom at Titilaka lodge features a white tub and sinks with outdoor views of Lake Titicaca.

Amenities

Amenities include:

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Game room
  • Boat house
  • Dock
  • Boutique
  • Massage room
  • Library
  • Supplemental oxygen
  • Wi-Fi
A wood dock sits on the shores of the blue Lake Titicaca hotel at Titilaka lodge.The boathouse at Titilaka Lodge features wood floors, paddles, sofas, fireplace.The cuisine at Titilaka lodge features fresh fresh with garnishings.

Excursions 

Guests at this Lake Titicaca hotel can choose from a menu of guided cultural and adventure excursions on the lake itself and along the shore. The native Aymara guides are experts in the history, traditions, and natural features of this sublime region.

Horses graze in a green pasture with traditional Peruvian suitcases at Titilaka lodge.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT TITILAKA? 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.

Explora Valle Sagrado

Located in the Sacred Valley town of Urquillos, Explora Valle Sagrado is one of the top Sacred Valley hotels and was designed as a base for exploration of this Andean region.

All programs include accommodation, group basis transfers, meals, select beverages, and menu of more than 20 cultural, hiking, and biking explorations.

The exterior of Explora Sacred Valley includes large mountains, green pastures, and a white hotel.This Sacred Valley hotel interior includes wood accents, high ceilings, mountain views and couches.

Accommodations 

The hotel features 50 rooms that all offer views of the corn plantations and mountains surrounding the valley.

With stunning mountain views and architecture designed to channel air currents, rooms do not have television, air conditioning, minibars or Wi-Fi.


Standard Rooms 

There are 44 Standard Rooms that are each 430 square feet with views to the corn plantations and surrounding mountains. These rooms are equipped with a king-size bed or 2 twin beds, security box, heating, toiletries, bathrobes, slippers, jetted bathtub, and hair dryers.

The Standard twin room at explora Sacred Valley features two twin beds, wood accents and large window.

Suites

The hotel’s 6 suites are 570 square feet each with views to the corn plantations and surrounding mountains. The rooms are equipped with a king-size bed, security box, heating, toiletries, bathrobes, slippers, jetted bathtub and hair dryers.

Explora Sacred Valley suite features a king bed, sofa, chairs and large window.

Amenities 

Hotel amenities include:

  • Restaurant: The new house chef, Virgilio Martínez is world-famous and known for his cooking philosophy and style. In his distinct cuisine, he showcases biodiversity and the importance of social and ecological environments.
  • Bar
  • Gardens
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool
  • Boutique
  • Jacuzzi
  • Wi-Fi
The amenities at Explora Sacred Valley include wood lounge chairs, a swimming pool and trees.The massage room at Explora Sacred Valley features two massage chairs, white towels and wood floors.

Excursions

With over 30 explorations, Explora Sacred Valley offers excursions led by bilingual guides who take visitors by foot, van or bike through Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.

The exterior of explora Sacred Valley shocases corn fields, mountain views and blue skies.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT EXPLORA VALLE SAGRADO? 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.

Belmond Las Casitas

Located near the town of Chivay in the heart of the Colca Valley, Belmond Casitas is surrounded by a 34-acre private estate.

The exterior of Belmond Casitas feature mountain views, large green trees, green grass and blue skies.The Belmond Colca Casita gardens feature green grass, trees, a white cottage with grazing animals.

Accommodations 

The 20 casitas (each measuring almost 1,300 square feet) feature one king or two twin beds, local fabrics, fireplace, separate bathtub and shower, heated flooring, marble bathrooms, alfresco showers, private outdoor terrace with heated plunge pool.

Garden View Casitas:

Belmond colca garden view casitas feature a king bed, outdoor patio, rugs, tables and chairs.

Valley View Casitas:

Belmond Colca Valley view casitas feature a king bed, outdoor windows and wood furnishings.

Presidential Casita:

Belmond Colca presidential suite features a large rug, tables, fireplace and wood furnishings.

Amenities

Amenities include:

  • Restaurant: The hotel restaurant cooks with produce from the hotel’s vegetable garden. Dishes include fresh stews, marinated meats, purple corn and spicy peppers
  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Library
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa treatments
  • Wi-Fi
  • Security boxes
  • Hairdryers
Belmond Colca Casitas feature a blue swimming pool surrounded by green grass and plants that looks out onto valley views.The Spa at Belmond Colca Casitas features an adobe dome, sofas and pillows.

Exploring Colca Valley 

There are no shortage of adventures available throughout the scenic setting of Belmond Casitas.

Guests can go riding and discover hidden parts of the valley, go alpaca feeding on the hotel farm, trek through mountain trails, birdwatch, cycle through Colca Canyon, fish, experience cooking classes, take outdoor painting lessons, and more.

The farm at Belmond Colca Casitas includes Alpacas and other Peruvian animals.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT BELMOND LAS CASITAS? 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.

Lapa Rios

Lapa Rios is a boutique rainforest lodge located near the southernmost point of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. The lodge is surrounded by 1,000 acres of private rainforest reserve—habitat for colorful frogs, monkeys, sloths, and more than 300 bird species.

The bungalows of Lapa rios lodge are sprinkled between thousands of acres of green rainforest.

The lodge was born out of a desire to protect its endangered surroundings. Today, the lodge preserves more than 1,000 acres of rainforest, and assists in the development of the local community. Guests can look forward to rainforest adventures, wildlife encounters and ocean activities.

a man and woman walk along a bamboo bridge in an exotic rainforest at Lapa Rios.

Accommodations 

The 17 open-air bungalows are arrayed on a lushly forested ridge, which provides sweeping ocean and rainforest views.

The bungalows feature native wood, ensuite bathrooms, outdoor rain shower, bed netting, one king-sized or two queen-sized beds, and full window screening.

Each guest room is furnished with private deck, security box, reading lights, shower, hammock, ecological bath amenities, housekeeping and turn-down service.

Rooms at Lapa Rios do not have air conditioning, television, or Wi-Fi.

The bungalows at Lapa Rios include king size beds, large canopies, hardwood floor, and individual bamboo rooms.The green outdoor showers at Lapa Rios includes a shower head, shampoo, and tile floor.The Lapa Rios bungalows include a large deck with sunset views.

Amenities

Among the hotel’s amenities are a swimming pool, bar, restaurants, spa, yoga deck, and miles of rainforest trails.

Most programs are full board (three meals daily, alcohol not included) with on-property guided touring in the company of other guests.

The restaurant at Lapa Rios features intricate bamboo ceilings, bamboo chairs and tables and stone flooring.The Lapa Rios pool is oval shaped with a wood deck, lounge chairs and incredible ocean views.The bar at Lapa Rios features wood furnishings, colorful decor and shelves of alcohol.

Exploring the Osa Peninsula

The lodge has a limitless menu of activities, tours and adventures available to visitors. Highly experienced naturalist guides accompany guests on birdwatching tours, wildlife tours, beach walks, starfish walks, rainforest walks, and more. Lapa Rios is also situated near 4 pristine beaches that are great for swimming and surfing.

Off-property activities include:

  • Visiting Corcovado National Park
  • Dolphin watching
  • Sea kayaking
  • Riding
A woman and child horseback ride on the sandy shores of a crystal blue ocean at Lapa Rios.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT LAPA RIOS? 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.

Gladden Private Island

Gladded Private Island is the creation of Chris Krolow, host of HGTV’s Island Hunters and is our favorite place to stay in Belize.

Sheltered by the Belize Barrier Reef, Gladden Private Island is an intimate sanctuary of palms, powdery sand, and starry nights.

This aerial view of Gladden Island shows an island with a private villa surrounded by green trees and turquoise water.

The low-lying coral islet rests in clear blue waters 20 miles (approximately one hour) east of the Belizean beach town of Placencia.

It’s an excellent base for snorkeling, diving, fishing, and beach-hopping excursions. The Gladden Spit, famous for its whale sharks diving, is just a few miles away.

This closer up view of Gladden Island features a private villa on white sand surrounded by green trees and blue water.

The Villa 

Gladden Private Island is an intimate retreat; one suite, just for you. Inside, you’ll find two bedrooms, each with en suite bathroom.

The suite is equipped with air conditioning, television, ceiling fans, full kitchen, washer / dryer, and Wi-Fi (with Internet reception subject to weather conditions).

The master bedroom at Gladden Island includes a king bed, canopy, wood floors and access to outdoor deck.The bathroom at Gladden Island features a tub, shower, mirrors, sink, toilet and large outdoor windows.The kitchen in Gladden Island features wood countertops, a stove, shelves, and large walking area.

Amenities 

Villa amenities include a swimming pool, sundeck, roof deck, living room, al-fresco dining palapa, and pool table.

A outdoor deck swimming pool sits near pool lounge chairs overlooking the expansive Gladden Island.The living room at the Gladden villa features sofas, couches, and outdoor beach views.The outdoor deck at Gladden Island features white sofas, tables and ocean views.

Support buildings and staff quarters are located on a second, smaller island; indicator lights let guests know when staff members are on the island.

Staff include a concierge and house chef who creates custom meals fit to guests tastes, featuring fresh fish and produce grown in Gladdens garden.

The full-board package includes meals and massage.

The outdoor dining area at the Gladden Villa features blue cushioned chairs and a small wood table that overlooks the sandy beach.

Experiences 

Included services at Gladden:

  • Facials, manicures and pedicures
  • Massage Treatments
  • Selection of Games, Movies, Pool Table
  • Hobie Cat, Kayaks and Paddle Boards
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Home entertainment system and WiFi

Gladden is located in Belize’s Barrier Reef which is home to renowned snorkeling and scuba diving. Guests can swim, deep sea fish, visit neighboring islands, or explore the charming town of Placencia Village.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT GLADDEN PRIVATE ISLAND? 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.