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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.

Tipiliuke

Estancia Tipiluike

Tipiliuke is nine-room county lodge in northern Argentine Patagonia and is one of our favorite lodges in Argentina.

The house is tucked into a beech grove in the heart of a 50,000-acre working cattle ranch—Cerro de los Pinos—founded in 1909. Gauchos still work the land, as their families have for three generations.

This aerial view of Tipiliuke Lodge shows a red roofed exterior lit by bright lights and surrounded by green grass.

The Chimehuin and Quilquihue rivers frame the property with 17 miles of frontage; their crystal-clear waters are renowned for trout pools—home to monstrous browns up to 30 inches.

An aerial view of a turquoise river surrounded by green trees.

Accommodations 

The nine cozy guest rooms are furnished with artisanal textiles, ceiling fans, and radiant heat. Wi-Fi is available throughout the lodge as well as at the outdoor sitting areas.

This room at Tipiliuke Lodge features a king bed, magenta and orange rugs, colorful pillows and artwork.This bedroom at Tipiliuke lodge features two twin beds pushed together, white paneled walls, two lamps and artwork.The accommodations at Tipiliuke lodge feature an upstairs with a long rug, a sofa next to a window, windows letting in natural light and tables.

Amenities 

The lodge features indoor and outdoor dining and seating areas, fireplace, lounge, honor bar, wood-fired sauna, Yoga, and a massage room.

A group of people perform yoga on green mats in a white room surrounded by windows that look out onto green trees.A darked wooded sauna lets out steam.

Exploring Patagonia 

Guides, gear, and drift boats for fly-fishing are available for any level of expertise; even beginners can hit it big here. Riding, biking, hiking, and wing shooting excursions are also available.

Two men fly fish in a river surrounded by trees.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT TIPILIUKE? 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.

Scalesia Lodge

Scalesia Lodge

Opened in 2015, Scalesia Galapagos Lodge is located on a 40-acre private reserve in the lush southern highlands of Isabela Island. From this vantage point on the slopes of the Sierra Negra Volcano, guests can view the Pacific, coastline, and nearby islands.

The Scalesia lodge exterior at sunset features green grass, red flowers, and stone exterior.This aerial view of the Scalesia lodge cabins showcase the roofs of the cabins set within thousands of acres of forest.

Accommodations 

Accommodation is in safari tent cabins with forest views. The 16 cabins measure 570 square feet each, including a private bathroom and 248 square-foot covered deck.

The tent cabins rest on elevated platforms with wood floors. They are fully screened and are equipped with king or two full-size beds, electrical outlets, hot water, showers, and flush toilets.

The exterior of Scalesia Lodge's tented camps are on wood stilts placed in the center of a green forested area.The tented camps at Scalesia lodge feature draped canopys, a king bed, windows and closets.The bathrooms in the tented camps at Scalesia Lodge feature a shower, sink, toilet and mirror.The exterior of the tented camps at Scalesia lodge lead to a wooden deck and green vegetation.

Amenities

The main lodge includes a restaurant, lounge, and viewpoint. Wi-Fi is available in the main lodge.

The Scalesia Lodge restaurant includes wood tables, contemporary light fixtures, large windows.

Exploring the Galapagos 

Guests at Scalesia Lodge on Isabela Island have a wide range of activities available to them, including snorkeling, kayaking, trekking, fishing, and bird-watching, with the option of private tours.

Some of the main attractions include:

  • Puerto Villamil: This port is home to white sandy beaches and lagoons. The town is also a great place to learn about the history and culture of the islands and do a little shopping
  • Concha de Perla is located in Puerto Villamil and is a great place to observe wildlife in the Galapagos, which includes sea lions, penguins, turtles, marine iguanas, frigates, and flamingos
  • Visitors can explore Volcan Chico and Sierra Negra, two large active volcanoes
  • Guests can take private charters to The Tunnels and Isla Tortuga where they can snorkel and fish
This Galapagos iguana has orange, black and grey scaled skin.The Sierra Negra volcano is an expansive black surface with surrounding green mountainside.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT SCALESIA LODGE? 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.