- High end boutique hotel on private peninsula
- Stunning lakeside location
- Two private beaches, reed rafting, cycling
- Visits to local temples, villages and markets
Titilaka is a lovely boutique hotel situated on a private peninsula on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Not only is the lake among the largest in all of South America, it’s also the highest fully navigable lake in the world. All of the hotel’s bedrooms look out on to the lake, affording wonderful views of the particularly still, reflective water. This charming and peaceful property belongs to the Relais & Châteaux fellowship of individually owned luxury hotels.
There are 18 rooms altogether, set out across three floors, with a total of four different room categories, each one offering something different. The Dawn and Dusk rooms, for example, are designed to offer views of sunrise or sunset respectively, while the Corner rooms, which are the hotel’s most popular, offer views of both. The King room category is more suitable for smaller parties or solo travellers. Common to all rooms at the hotel are amenities such as heated floors, a minibar, a divan overlooking the lake, blackout curtains, overhead bed lamps and desk reading lamps. Bathrooms have twin sink units and both a bathtub and a separate shower, though the King room's bathroom only has a shower. Complimentary eco-friendly toiletries are provided.
The hotel makes full use of its stunning location on a private peninsula, offering a wide array of activities to be enjoyed in peace and tranquility. There are two beaches reserved exclusively for hotel guests, as well as a small jetty from where excursions begin. Lake Titicaca straddles the Peru-Bolivia border and the Bolivian side of the lake is within reach. Activities include reed rafting trips, stargazing tours, cycling expeditions and visits to local temples, villages and markets.
The hotel has a full-service restaurant offering three meals a day, along with afternoon tea, light snacks and drinks. Guests have the option to dine in their own room or out on one of the terraces - it's also delightful to enjoy drinks on the beach at sunset.
After a day exploring the vast lake and the surrounding area, it's possible to wind down with a trip to the massage room, where various indulgent treatments are on offer. There’s also the media room, which is equipped with a range of DVDs, books and games, plus the boutique, which sells a number of locally produced artisan products and souvenirs.
Titilaka welcomes children over 5 years of age. There’s a good range of age-appropriate activities available and many of the excursions are suitable for youngsters. A babysitting service is offered and extra cribs can be hired. Parents are reminded to supervise their children at all times, particularly due to the lakeside setting.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019