Titilaka – Lake Titicaca, Peru
The design of the 18-bedroom lodge integrates high-level architecture with stunning, almost primeval scenery; views of the immense shimmering cobalt blue lake are guaranteed from every public space and private suite, with floor-to-ceiling glazing making it difficult to distinguish lake from sky. A boat jetty, wrap around terraces and steps down into the pristine water, create a luxurious beach resort feeling and guests constantly oscillate between excited euphoria and quiet contemplation.
The hotel uses hydroelectric power, natural gas, sources local produce and as well as employing mostly local staff, the hotel has forged strong links with the local community, allowing its all-inclusive guests a genuine and unique insight into the region’s mystical history and culture.
Room 202: Despite being one of two smallest and therefore cheapest room options, the most ‘basic’ suites are stunningly decorated, with ridiculously comfortable beds, have fantastic showers, space for two daybeds and offer glorious views of the lake.
- Attracting a mix of nationalities but mostly design-conscious couples between the ages of thirty-something and 75 mainly from Great Britain, Australia, France, and the US.
- Restaurant – Overlooking the water and with sunset views, the restaurant serves breakfast from 7am until noon, lunch from noon until 3pm and dinner from 7-9pm. The menu is varied with an emphasis on fusion Andean cuisine and locally sourced produce with an international twist such as quinoa risotto.
- Excursions – Short, 1/4 day activities such as walks to nearby beaches, rowing boat trips through the reeds or visits to local communities are available to all guests. Longer, more detailed trips such as boat rides to lake highlights including Taquile and the Uros islands are available to comprehensive package guests or at an extra cost otherwise. Every now and again staff oganise cocktails around a bonfire as the sun sets, followed by an astronomy lesson.
- Bar – Happy Hour from 6pm each day. Cheese boards, nuts, bruschetta and delicious wines and pisco sours; all included in guest room rates.
- Titilaka – Chucuito, Peninsula Lago Titicaca, nr Puno, Perú (+51 1 700 5111 / www.titlaka.com)
- 16 – 20 May 2012
- 22 – 26 degrees. Cloudless, bright blue skies and a burning sun during the day, the mornings and evenings are fresh at best with nights dropping below zero.
- A 45-60 minute drive from Puno or 90-minutes from Juliaca if arriving by plane. The hotel can arrange transfers – if travelling with guests who have taken the comprehensive package, you may be lucky enough to snag a free transfer with them otherwise the cost is $79 pp from Juliaca and a little less from Puno. The train trip from Cusco to Puno runs almost every other day taking approximately 10-hours and ranks as one of the most interesting and beautiful train journeys in the world. Check out the Peru guide for more info.
- Three nights is just enough but four would allow the opportunity to truly relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities and excursions at a more relaxed pace; pick a room with a sunset view to make the most of the bedroom day beds.
THE FAT MOUSE VERDICT:
- The Good – The knowledgeable guides who are at guests’ disposal all day long; the hotel’s strong links to and its support of the local community; remote and real location; stunning yet sympathetic design; incredibly comfy beds; fresh flowers; oxygen on tap.
- The Bad – The pricey airport/train transfers.