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Vik Chile

VIK CHILE RETREAT

Vik Chile is the hilltop centerpiece of the 4,500-acre Vik Wine Estate in the Millahue Valley, 2.5 hours southwest of Santiago and is one of our favorite hotels in Chile. The surrounding countryside is covered in vineyards, hills, and native woodlands.

The lodge is full board, with breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner included. Soft drinks and a glass of Milla Cala wine (for adults) are included with lunch. Soft drinks and a bottle of wine for every two adults are included with dinner.

VIK CHILE LOCATION

Vik Chile is located in the Millahue Valley, south of the Maipo Valley and Rancagua, and north of the Colchagua Valley.  The 105-mile drive from Santiago’s airport takes 2.5 hours. Helicopter transfers can be arranged, with a flight time of approximately 45 minutes.

VIK CHILE ACCOMMODATIONS

Each of the 21 suites is unique, with original artwork and design furnishings, special amenities made with grape seeds and Egyptian cotton linens.

Every suite also has air conditioning, security box (large enough for a laptop), mini-bar, hairdryer, bathrobes,  slippers and free of charge in-room minibar. Wi-Fi is available throughout each retreat. No televisions in rooms, but there is a game room with TVs and Xbox.

Abelli Suite 

  • Suite with king-size bed or 2 twins.
  • 35 sq. meters (376 square feet)
  • Layout for 2 or 3 people.
  • It accommodates one extra bed.
  • North wing with views to the Falaris-Colchaguilla Valley, its’ vineyards and mountains.

Azulejo Suite 

  • Suite with king-size bed or 2 twins.
  • 35 sq. meters (376 square feet)
  • Layout for 2 or 3 people.
  • It accommodates one extra bed.
  • South wing with views to the valleys, vineyards, mountains and lake.

Chile Suite 

  • Suite with king-size bed or 2 twins.
  • 35 sq. meters (376 square feet) Layout for 2 or 3 people.
  • It accommodates one extra bed. North wing with views to the Falaris-Colchaguilla Valley, its’ vineyards and Mountains.

Cienfuegos Suite 

  • Suite with king-size bed or 2 twins.
  • 35 sq. meters (376 square feet) Layout for 2 or 3 people. It accommodates one extra bed.
  • Located on the lower level of the building. Access via elevator and stairs. South wing with views to the valleys, vineyards, mountains and lake.

Graffiti Suite 

  • Suite with king-size bed or 2 twins.
  • 35 sq. meters (376 square feet)Layout for 2 or 3 people.
  • It accommodates one extra bed. South wing with views to the valleys, vineyards, mountains and lake.

Hollywood Suite 

  • Suite with king-size bed or 2 twins.
  • 35 sq. meters (376 square feet) Layout for 2 or 3 people.
  • It accommodates one extra bed. South wing with views to the valleys, vineyards, mountains and lake.

La Marcela Suite 

  • Suite with king-size bed or 2 twins.
  • 35 sq. meters (376 square feet) Layout for 2 or 3 people.
  • It accommodates one extra bed.
  • South wing with views to the valleys, vineyards, mountains and lake.

Minimalista Suite 

  • Suite with king-size bed or 2 twins.
  • 35 sq. meters (376 square feet) Layout for 2 or 3 people. It accommodates one extra bed.
  • South wing with views to the valleys, vineyards, mountains and lake.

Norge Suite 

  • Suite with king-size bed or 2 twins.
  • 35 sq. meters (376 square feet) Layout for 2 or 3 people.
  • It accommodates one extra bed. North wing with views to the Falaris-Colchaguilla Valley, its’ vineyards and Mountains.

La Patricia Suite  

  • Suite with king-size bed or 2 twins.
  • 35 sq. meters (376 square feet) Layout for 2 or 3 people. It accommodates one extra bed.
  • South wing with views to the valleys, vineyards, mountains and lake.

Principe Hubertus Suite 

  • Suite with king-size bed or 2 twins.
  • 35 sq. meters (376 square feet) Layout for 2 or 3 people.
  • It accommodates one extra bed.
  • North wing with views to the Falaris-Colchaguilla Valley, its’ vineyards and Mountains.

Redondo Suite 

  • Suite with king-size bed or 2 twins.
  • 35 sq. meters (376 square feet) Layout for 2 or 3 people.
  • It accommodates one extra bed. North wing with views to the Falaris-Colchaguilla Valley, its’ vineyards and Mountains.

Retro Suite 

  • Suite with king-size bed or 2 twins.
  • 35 sq. meters (376 square feet) Layout for 2 or 3 people.
  • It accommodates one extra bed.
  • South wing with views to the valleys, vineyards, mountains and lake.

Rock’n Rio Suite 

  • suite with king-size bed or 2 twins.
  • 35 sq. meters (376 square feet) Layout for 2 or 3 people. It accommodates one extra bed.
  • Located on the lower level of the building. Access via elevator and stairs.
  • South wing with views to the valleys, vineyards, mountains and lake.

Vicky Money Suite 

  • Suite with king-size bed or 2 twins.
  • 35 sq. meters (376 square feet) Layout for 2 or 3 people.
  • It accommodates one extra bed. Located on the lower level of the building.
  • Access via elevator and stairs. South wing with views to the valleys, vineyards, mountains and lake.

Valenzuela Suite 

  • Suite with king-size bed or 2 twins.
  • 35 sq. meters (376 square feet) Layout for 2 or 3 people.
  • It accommodates one extra bed. North wing with views to the Falaris-Colchaguilla Valley, its’ vineyards and Mountains.

F Master Suite 

  • Master suite with king-size bed. 45 sq. meters (484 square feet)
  • Layout for 2 to 3 people. It accommodates one extra bed.
  • Located on the lower level of the building. Access via elevator and stairs.
  • South wing with views to the valleys, vineyards, mountains and lake.

Gabler’s Grisalle Master Suite 

  • Master suite with king-size bed or 2 twins. 45 sq. meters (484 square feet) Layout for 2 to 4 people.
  • It accommodates one extra bed. A sofa bed is included in the Master Suite.
  • South wing with views to the valleys, vineyards, mountains and lake.

Shogun Master Suite

  • Master suite with king-size bed. 45 sq. meters (484 square feet) Layout for 2 to 3 people.
  • It accommodates one extra bed. North wing with views to the Falaris-Colchaguilla Valley, its’ vineyards and Mountains.

Vik Master Suite 

  • Master suite with king-size bed. 45 sq. meters (484 square feet) Layout for 2 to 3 people.
  • It accommodates one extra bed. South wing with views to the valleys, vineyards, mountains and lake.

H Master Suite 

  • Master suite with king-size bed. 45 sq. meters (484 square feet) Layout for 2 to 4 people.
  • It accommodates one extra bed.
  • A sofa bed is included in the Master Suite. North wing with views to the Falaris-Colchaguilla Valley, its’ vineyards and Mountains.

VIK CHILE AMENITIES

Lodge amenities include an infinity pool, sundeck, restaurant, lounge, game room, library, gardens, spa,

winery, stables.

VIK CHILE ACTIVITIES

Vik Chile offers a variety of activities including a cooking class and access to the hotel’s exquisite dining. Guests can choose to indulge in a four-course dinner, with signature cocktails, or a tapas style lunch.

Riding, biking, and hiking tours are included, as is a tour and tasting at the Vik Winery. Spa services, private meals in the vineyard, barbeques, yoga sessions, cooking classes, and paintball can be arranged for an additional fee.

HARVEST EXPERIENCE

The harvest season at the vineyard begins in April and extends until May. Guests are invited to the vineyard to pick grapes and are then guided to the winery where they witness the whole wine making process.

At the end, there is a grape juice tasting so guests can learn about the fermentation stages. This activity is guided by our Experience Concierges. The tour begins around 11 p.m. and ends around 3 a.m.

CULINARY EXPERIENCE

This activity includes a visit to the vegetable garden where guests pick different ingredients that will later be used in a soup or pasta cooking class

Another popular activity is professional wine tasting. This activity includes 9 wines to be tasted, 3 Cabernet Sauvignons (one for each climate area of the vineyard), 1 Cabernet Franc, 1 Merlot, 1 Syrah, 2 Carmeneres from two different terroirs, plus the Vik 2010 blend.

Another option is a cocktail lesson. This one hour lesson led by cocktail experts utilizes Christiania Vodka. Available everyday from 6 to 7 pm.

PICNIC IN THE VINEYARD

This picnic takes place at Cerro del Puma. Guests are guided to the site and the picnic is carried in baskets. Available starting with two people.

Vineyard or garden breakfasts can be arranged for families, groups, or couples.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT VIK CHILE? 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.

Playa Vik

PLAYA VIK RETREAT

Playa Vik is South America’s most ambitious avant-garde beachfront retreat. The project is a collaboration by innovators Carrie and Alex Vik and Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott.

Playa Vik faces Playa Mansa, in the boho-chic beach town of Jose Ignacio on Uruguay’s eastern shore.

Playa Vik’s heart is the Sculpture Building—an inclined, two-story structure clad in salt-resistant titanium panels. The monumental bronze door was cast by Pablo Atchugarry.

The sea-facing wall is entirely glass, blurring the lines between indoors and outdoors and drawing guests to the pool terrace.  

45-50 minutes from PDP airport, and just 15 minutes by car from Estancia Vik.

PLAYA VIK LOCATION

The peninsula of Jose Ignacio, a tiny fishing village with an estimated population of 200, is fast becoming one of Latin America’s hottest beach destinations. Like Punta del Este, one side of this peninsula has gentle waves, while the other is perfect for surfing.

Walking from one side of town to the other takes about five minutes, including time to pat a cart horse and admire the hand-painted street signs. On the eastern side of the peninsula, the town’s faro (lighthouse) has been guiding ships since 1877.

After sleeping in, guests in Jose Ignacio can enjoy horseback riding, sailing, and fishing with the locals. Surfing and kite surfing lessons are also available.

From July to October, franca whales migrate along the coast here. Toes-in-the-sand restaurants serve grilled fish, rustic pizzas, and juicy casados. Sunsets and stargazing round out most days.

PLAYA VIK ACCOMMODATIONS

The perimeter of the project is flanked by six separate casitas, each with two or three bedrooms, fireplace, private garden, and artwork and installations by leading contemporary artists—Zaha Hadid, Anselm Kiefer, and others.

Inside, you’ll find a bar, kitchen, and library with an installation by James Turrell. The top level has three suites.

Each suite has air conditioning, security box (large enough for a laptop), mini-bar, hairdryer, bathrobes, and slippers.  Wi-Fi is available throughout each retreat. There are no televisions in rooms, but there is a game room with TVs and Xbox.

CASAS

Casa Tierra  

  • 2 Bedroom Casa with living room
  • 1 Master Suite with king size bed and fully equipped bathroom
  • Living room with fireplace and Plasma TV
  • 1 Suite with bank beds and bathroom with shower
  • 2 private terraces

Casa Blanca 

  • 2 Bedroom Casa without Living room
  • 2 Master Suites with king size bed and fully equipped bathroom (one of them can have twin beds)
  • 2 private terraces

Casa Raices  

  • 3 Bedroom Casa with living room
  • 1 Master Suite with king size bed and full equipped bathroom
  • 1 Master Suite with king size bed por two twin beds and full equipped bathroom
  • 1 Single Suite with en Suite bathroom with shower
  • 1 Living room with fireplace and Plasma TV
  • 2 Private Terraces

Casa Jose Ignacio 

  • 2 bedroom casa with living room
  • 1 Master Suite with king size bed and full equipped bathroom
  • Living room with fireplace and Plasma TV
  • 1 suite with bank beds and bathroom with shower
  • 1 private terrace

Casa Mar 

  • 3 Bedroom Casa with living room
  • 1 Master Suite with king size bed and full equipped bathroom
  • 1 Master Suite with king size bed por two twin beds and full equipped bathroom
  • 1 Single Suite with en Suite bathroom with shower
  • 1 Living room with fire place and Plasma TV
  • 1 Private Terrace + 1 balcony

Casa Ebano  

  • 3 Bedroom Casa with living room:
  • 1 Master Suite with king size bed and full equipped bathroom.
  • 1 Master Suite with king size bed por two twin beds and fully equipped bathroom.
  • 1 Single Suite with en Suite bathroom with shower.
  • 1 Living room with fire place and Plasma TV.
  • 2 Private Terraces.

Sculpture Building 

  • Main building with 3 Suites + 1 Room + Library Lounge + Living Room & Dining area
  • 1 Master Suite Valentina with king size bed , walking closet and fully equipped bathroom. Ocean view
  • 1 Suite Fuerteventura with king size bed , walking closet and fully equipped bathroom. Ocean view
  • 1 Suite Caras with king size bed , walking closet and fully equipped bathroom. Ocean view
  • 1 Atrium Room with King size bed or two twins and bathroom with shower

SUITES

Caras Suite 

  • King size bed, walk-in closet and fully-equipped bathroom
  • Ocean view

Fuerteventura Suite 

  • King size bed, walk in closet and fully-equipped bathroom
  • Ocean view

Master Suite Valentina 

  • King size bed, walk in closet and fully-equipped bathroom
  • Ocean view

PLAYA VIK AMENITIES

The 75-foot-long black granite swimming pool juts out over open air. Fiber optic lights in the pool floor mimic the constellations of the Southern Sky.

The space under Playa Vik holds a 40-foot-long wine cellar, a game room, a fitness center, and a small spa with two treatment rooms and a sauna. At sunset, guests often settle in around the fire pit for drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

PLAYA VIK ACTIVITIES

Guests of Playa Vik can enjoy access to activities at nearby Estancia Vik: riding, biking, canoeing, hiking, birdwatching, and paintball. Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the property. Secure parking is also available.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT PLAYA VIK? 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.

La Lancha: Lago Petén Itzá

La Lancha Lodge

Perched above the shores of Lake Petén Itzá in the vicinity of Tikal, you’ll find La Lancha—director Francis Ford Coppola’s family retreat in Guatemala.

This boutique hotel highlights Guatemala’s artisans and craftspeople; the furniture, fabrics, and carvings, were lovingly hand-selected by Eleanor (Miss Ellie) Coppola.

Located less than one hour’s drive from the ancient citadel of Tikal, La Lancha is a great base for exploring the Maya Biosphere Reserve and other nearby Maya sites.

View from the reception at La Lancha Boutique hotel, overlooking Lago Peten Itza in Guatemala

Accommodations at La Lancha

La Lancha is an intimate boutique hotel, with only 10 rooms. Accommodation options include:

 

Rainforest Casitas

Set in the rainforest with a partial view of Lake Peten Itza, La Lancha’s Rainforest Casitas each feature a queen bed and private bathroom.

Full sized bed with teal comforter and bamboo hung on wall in Rainforest Casita at La Lancha Guatemala

Each Rainforest Casita also has a covered deck, outfitted with hammocks and chairs.

Lakeview Suites

Lakeview suites at La Lancha overlook Lago Petén Itzá. These suites feature a master bedroom with king bed and full bathroom, along with a separate living room with sleeper sofa.

View off the large covered porch of a Lake view suite at La Lancha Guatemalan boutique hotel

Other Lakeview Suite amenities include a wet bar, second half bathroom and large covered deck, equipped with a hammock and chairs.

Junior Rainforest Suites

Nestled in the tropical dry forest above Lake Petén Itza, Rainforest Junior suites are the newest addition to La Lancha. Designed for couples seeking a peaceful retreat, these suites are both private and intimate.

Jungle-Junior-Suite-La-Lancha-Guatemala

These suites features a king bed, separate living area with sleeper sofa, and full bathroom with dual shower heads. They also include a covered wooden deck, complete with chairs and hammocks.

La Lancha Day Tours

This lodge is well within reach of Yaxhá, Uxactun, Topoxte, Dos Pilas, Nakum, Aguateca, and Seibal. LANDED can arrange everything from transportation and guides to interaction with archeologists and traditional healers.

Due to La Lancha’s proximity to the Flores Airport (around 40 minutes / 19 miles,  Helicopter tours and charter transportation can also be arranged.

Some other helicopter charter day tour options include:

  • Tikal
  • Quirigua
  • El Mirador
  • Lake Atitlan
  • Dos Pilas
  • Cancuén
  • El Perú
  • Copan

Helicopter availability is dependent on a number of factors. If you’re interested in exploring your options, reach out to a LANDED travel expert today.

Pink sunset over an ancient structure at Tikal Ruins in Guatemala, photographed during private travel

Lago Petén Itzá

One of the key things that makes La Lancha special is its location. For those looking to explore the surrounding jungle or Lake Peten Itza, there are a number of  activity options available.

Guests of La Lancha can enjoy:

  • Zip Lining
  • Horseback Riding
  • Aerial Walkways
  • Jungle Hikes
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Boating

Holding the title of the second largest lake in Guatemala, Lake Petén Itzá is famous for changing colors— quicky shifting from cobalt blue to turquoise green.

Two canoes tied to the shore of Lake Peten Itza under La Lancha Boutique hotel in Guatemala

La Lancha provides complimentary canoes for guest use.

Dining at La Lancha

Under the thatch roof of the main lodge, La Lancha operates an open-air restaurant overlooking Lago Petén Itzá. Here, you can enjoy traditional Guatemalan cuisine while taking in the views of the jungle and lake below.

Located just above the restaurant, guests can also grab a cocktail at the newly-built La Lancha rooftop bar.

La Lancha Guatemalan Boutique hotel open air restaurant with straw roof overlooking Lago Peten Itza at dusk

Are you thinking about booking a stay at La Lancha? 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.

Kasiiya Papagayo

KASIIYA PAPAGAYO

Located among 123 acres of lush landscape on the Papagayo peninsula in Costa Rica, the Kasiiya Papagayo retreat places guests in artfully-designed tented suites that are shoulder-to-shoulder with exotic wildlife and tropical rainforests.

More than a hotel, Kasiiya Papagayo is an immersive experience meant to offer guests a distinct sense of place, encouraging them to pause and embrace their environment.

With its five tented suites, built on timber platforms from natural materials, Kasiiya ensures that its property leaves no scar on the landscape.

The villas and entire resort are solar-powered, and the water is obtained by rainwater harvesting.

Designed by renowned architects Stephanie Ledoux and Reda Amalou of AW2 architects, Kasiiya Papagayo hopes to provide the perfect balance of comfort and wild.

Kasiiya Papagayo’s full board program includes daily housekeeping, a cooler with chilled beverages refreshed once daily in the room, and private transfer to and from Liberia International Airport included with a minimum length of stay of 4 nights, and free use of sport facilities such as snorkeling, kayaking, tree climbing.

There is wireless internet access in guest rooms and public space.

KASIIYA LOCATION

Kasiiya is located on Costa Rica’s Papagayo Peninsula, which is quickly becoming one of Latin America’s most prized coastal destinations.

Costa Rica’s north Pacific coast is dotted with luxury resorts that are nestled within some of the world’s most striking landscapes.

Cloaked in tropical dry forest and warm beaches, the Papagayo Peninsula offers visitors access to wildlife; active pursuits; and privileged proximity to reef, beach, forest.

Kasiiya is just 45 minutes from the Liberia international airport with direct flights to the USA and some major cities in Europe.

KASIIYA ACCOMMODATIONS

Each of Kasiiya’s five tented suites was strategically designed to provide guests with an individualized experience and intimacy with nature.

The world-class architects ensured that the property didn’t just have minimal impact on the environment, but zero impact.

Built on large timber platforms, the suites were designed to become a part of nature with a natural, earthy palette and floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

Each Kasiiya tent is accessed from a private path that is oriented to reconnect guests with their surroundings.

All suites feature fans, air-conditioning, eco minibar, a small library, and Wi-Fi.

The suites feature a King-size bed, large open-air living room with daybeds, indoor and open-air private bathrooms, an outdoor area with a porch including a dining area, and couches.

One Double Suite

  • Two bedrooms with a king size bed each
  • En-suite bathrooms with two showers outdoor and indoor, bathtub
  • Air conditioning
  • sofa with reading area
  • Living room with dining area seating 6
  • Terrace with sun-loungers
  • 1800 square feet
  • Beachfront

Three Suites 

  • King size bed
  • En-suite bathroom with outdoor shower and bathtub,
  • Air conditioning
  • Sofa with reading area
  • Terrace with sun-loungers
  • 860 square feet
  • One Beachfront suite
  • Two ocean views sunset suites

KASIIYA AMENITIES

Kasiiya offers guests exclusive access to private yoga and wellness classes.

One of the most unique classes offered at Kasiiya is the movement class. Movement combines elements of dance, yoga, gymnastics and martial arts.

It is meant to reconnect individuals with their bodies. Taught by Kasiiya movement coach Bruno Giustozzi, this practice is meant to awaken childlike curiosity as attendees become more in tune with the inherent capabilities of their bodies.  

Kasiiya’s Yoga programs are exclusively inspired by the nature surrounding Kasiiya. The nearby spa utilizes natural indigenous herbs and muds to restore harmony to your body.

KASIIYA ACTIVITIES

Kasiiya offers guests a wide variety of activities including snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, tree climbing, hiking, slack line, and fishing.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT KASIIYA? 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.

Hotel Otavalo

Hotel Otavalo

Hotel Otavalo is a boutique hotel located in the historic market town of Otavalo, Ecuador.

This hotel is located in a historic, renovated building on Roca Street within easy reach of shops, cafes, and the market plaza.

Guestrooms at the hotel feature polished woods, exposed brick, and contemporary furnishings.

Twin beds backed with intricately-decorated headboards in wood accented, warmly lit room at Hotel Otavalo Ecuador

Hotel Otavalo Rooms and Amenities

Hotel Otavalo has 31 rooms. Available options include:

  • (8) Deluxe Rooms
  • (7)  Superior Rooms
  • (8) Premium Rooms
  • (6) Luxury Rooms

In room amenities at Hotel Otavalo include: television, security box, bathrobes, slippers, and hairdryer.

Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

Modern ceramic tub and sink in Luxury Room at Hotel Otavalo in Ecuador

Are you thinking about booking a stay at Hotel Otavalo? 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.