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Jicaro Island Lodge

Jicaro Island Lodge

Jicaro (“hee-ka-row”) Island is a private islet in Lake Nicaragua, about 15 minutes by boat from the colonial city of Granada.

The islet was formed by an eruption of Mombacho Volcano, which rises above the lake’s southern shore.

Arriving by covered skiff, guests are welcomed with fresh fruit juices, cool towels, an orientation of the island. The lush grounds are preserve native trees, flowers, and orchids.

Jicaro Lodge sits on the edge of Lake Nicaragua within thick green forests.

Food is a highlight at Jicaro; fresh vegetables, herbs, and fruit compliment simple, flavorful preparations.

The full-board program includes three meals daily, non-alcoholic beverages, guided excursions, and boat transfers to and from the Granada’s Asese Port.

Friend shirmp with plantanes, and guacamole are served to guests at Jicaro Island Lodge.

Accommodations 

A garden path loops through the garden to nine casitas designed by architect Michael Falkner. Each of the two-story casitas has a lake view. This is a place to disconnect, relax, and renew.

In-room amenities: ceiling fans, cotton sheets, bathrobes, Wi-Fi, drinking water, umbrellas, deck, hammock, yoga mat, mosquito netting, and security box.

Alcohol and laundry service carry an additional fee. Massages can be arranged upon request. Jicaro does not have air conditioning. The casitas do not have televisions. The minimum age for guests is twelve years.

Jicaro Island casitas feature an outdoor wood deck with a deep hammock.

Each of the nine casitas are two stories and feature a private bedroom with king-size bed on the second floor. On the first floor, a spacious living area connects to an outside deck overlooking the lake.

The casitas and furniture are made of local rainforest wood. Jicaro Island Lodge is part of the Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

The interior of Jicaro Lodge casitas feature a king-size bed, a canopy and large windows.The interior of the casitas at Jicaro Lodge are dark wooded and furnished with a bathroom and large windows.

Amenities 

Hotel amenities include:

  • Ambient-temperature swimming pool
  • Gloating sundeck
  • Observation tower
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Boutique
  • Board games
  • Yoga deck and classes
  • Massages rooms
  • Kayaks and stand-up paddle boards
A blue swimming pool at Jicaro Island Lodge is surrounded by green rainforest trees and lounge chairs.Jicaro Lodge sits in the middle of green trees on a lake front area.

Activities

Jicaro Lodge is the perfect starting point for a nature tour. Guests can take plantation tours, tropical forest tours and visit hot springs.

Visitors can experience a birdwatching tour, zip-line, go riding or boating/fishing on Lake Nicaragua.

Another highlight is visiting the Masaya Volcano National Park, one of the few places in the world where you can visit active volcanoes up close.

For those interested in a cultural experience, they can take a tour of the historic town of Granda, the oldest colonial city in mainland America.

A small fishing boat sails at sunset on Lake Nicaragua at Jicaro Lodge.

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Matachica Resort & Spa

Matachica is a boutique beachfront resort on the eastern shore of Ambergris Caye and is one of our favorite places to stay in Belize. Its restaurant, Mambo, is one of the island’s best.

Matachica Resort & Spa is the only resort in Belize that provides an adults-only experience, consequently the minimum age is 17.

Accommodations 

The project has 31 vibrantly colored, thatched-roof rooms and suites. Some upper category rooms include sitting rooms and ocean views.

Each guestroom is equipped with air conditioning, ceiling fan, luxury linens, security box, bathrobes, slippers, and hair dryer.

Rooms do not have televisions. Wi-Fi is available throughout the resort.


Seafront Luxury Villa

This 2,500 square foot villa is equipped with two king bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a kitchen, living room, rooftop deck and private pool.

Its privileged beachfront location offers uninterrupted views of the Caribbean sea.


Seafront Luxury Suite

This 750 square foot suite is ideal for honeymoons or romantic weekends. The suite features a king-size bed, walk-in shower, tub, living room, private hot tub, and private terraces.


Seafront Casitas

Each 500 square foot casita is equipped with a king-size bed, walk-in shower, patio and hammock.


Seaview Beach Casitas

Each 500 square foot casita is equipped with a king-size bed, full bathroom, walk-in shower, sitting area, patio and hammock.


Seaview Beach Cabanas

Each 500 square foot casita is equipped with a two queen bed, en-suite bathroom, sitting area, patio and hammock with coral reef views.


Seabreeze Beach Casitas 

Each 500 square foot casita features a king-size bed, sitting area, walk-in shower & double sink, private patio, and hammock. These casitas offer lovely garden views.


Seabreeze Beach Bungalows 

Each 350 square foot bungalow features a king-size bed, sitting area, en-suite bathroom, private patio, and hammock. These bungalows offer lovely garden views.


Amenities 

Among the hotel’s amenities are:

  • Mambo Restaurant: This Matachica restaurant has become reason enough to visit Belize. Each dish is infused with local flavors and their house specialty is fresh seafood. Guests can dine and sample dishes like ceviche, caramelized mango shrimp and their famous chocolate soufflé. Their menu also includes  vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free options.
  • Bar
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Sundeck
  • Dock
  • Library

Matachica Adventures 

Loaner bicycles, kayaks, stand-up-paddle boards, and Sunfish sailboats are available through the front desk. Guests also have access to complimentary snorkel gear and sea kayaking excursions.

Off-site adventures include scuba diving the Belize Barrier Reef, cave tubing, sea fishing, helicopter adventures, zip-lining, waterfall hikes, and more.

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Belmond Andean Explorer

Step aboard the Belmond Andean Explorer, the first luxury sleeper train in South America.

Outfitted with 16 carriage trains, including a spa and lounge car, this Andean explorer train winds through some of Peru’s most iconic landscapes — from Cusco to Lake Titicaca and Arequipa.

The Belmond Andean Explorer traverses through green mountains and rivers.The Belmond Explorer lounge is accented with colorful pillows, chairs and windows.

Accommodations 

These luxury cabins feature single sized beds, Peruvian accents and an en-suite bathroom with shower.

In-cabin amenities:

  • Wardrobe
  • 24/7 call buttons
  • Air conditioning
  • 220v electrical outlets
  • Oxygen tanks and masks
  • Adapters
  • Robe and slippers
  • Medical assistance on board

Bunk Bed Cabins (59 square feet):

The bunk cabin on the Belmond Explorer features two bunk beds, a nigh light and windows.

Twin Bed Cabins (79 square feet): 

The win cabin on the Belmond Explorer has two twin beds, lights and curtains.

Suite Cabins (141 square feet): 

This suite on the Belmond Explorer features two blue seats, an en-suite bathroom and outdoor views.

Dining & Spa Cars

Guests can indulge in Peruvian cuisine in the Belmond Andean Explorer’s two dining cars, accented with leather chairs and mountain views.

The train’s menus are created by the team at Belmond Monasterio who infuses flavors of natural produce from the Peruvian Andes into every meal.

The dining room in the Belmond explorer feature leather chairs, wine glasses, and views of Lake Titicaca.This Peruvian dish on the Belmond Explorer is made up of three dumplings with green garnishes

The train also features a lounge car where guests can relax with cocktails.

The Spa car features Peruvian spa treatments such as clay wrap, coca leaf, and deep-tissue massages.

The bar on the Belmond Explorer features coloful pillows, rugs and bar service.

Sample Itineraries

  • Andean Plains & Islands of Discovery: Arequipa > Puno > Cusco: 2 days, 2 nights, departs every Friday through December 2019
  • Spirit of the Water: Cusco > Puno: 1 day, 1 night, departs every Tuesday through December 2019
  • Peruvian Highlands: Cusco > Puno > Arequipa: 3 days, 2 nights, departs every Thursday through December 2019
  • Spirit of the Andes: Puno > Cusco: 1 day, 1 night, departs every Wednesday through December 2019

Spirit of the Water: Cusco – Puno, 1 day, 1 night

Day 1 – Tuesday:

Depart from Cusco at 11 am. Enjoy lunch in a dining car with sophisticated cuisine. In the afternoon, disembark and explore Raqch’i, an Incan historical site.

In the evening, travelers can enjoy a tour of La Raya. Later, guests enjoy cocktails and dinner while they unwind in the lounge car with fellow travelers.

At 11:30 pm, guests arrive at Puno – Lake Titicaca Station.

Day 2 – Wednesday:

Guests wake up to spectacular views of Lake Titicaca as they eat an onboard breakfast. After, guests will disembark and continue on with their travels.

The Belmond Andean Explorer travels through green fields and blue mountains.

Peruvian Highlands: Cusco – Puno – Arequipa: 3 days, 2 nights

Day 1 – Thursday:

At 11 am, travelers will board the train in Cusco and relax into their private cabins. Enjoy a delicious lunch before leaving to explore the Raqch’i archeological site in the afternoon.

In the evening, guests will get a tour of La Raya and later eat dinner in the train’s dining car and chat with travelers at the bar.

Day 2 – Friday:

Awake to striking views of Lake Titicaca as you eat breakfast. Disembark and take a boat ride to the Uros Islands and continue on to Taquile Island.

Enjoy a private lunch on Collata Beach where you will watch demonstrations from traditional dancers and artisanal workers.

Have afternoon tea at the station before eating dinner onboard and heading toward Arequipa.

Day 3 – Saturday:

Eat an early morning breakfast before departing to an excursion of Sumbay caves, historic cave paintings.

Return to the train for lunch and disembark in Arequipa.

*Some guests may choose to depart the train early at Cañahuas and explore Colca Canyon. Guests can also disembark on Km 93 and extend their journey to Belmond Las Casitas.

A woman dressed in traditional peruvian attire holds a bird on her arm at Belmond Explorer excursions.

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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.

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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.

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