Style Lady of the Lake
Setting Water, water everywhere
Perched on a Peruvian peninsula on the rambling banks of Lake Titicaca, an hour from any town, Titilaka hotel looks and feels removed from real life. Plunked in the middle of some of the world’s most remote and spectacular surroundings, this isolation is also steeped in history, just a boat ride from the birthplace of the Incans. It’s not just about the outdoors here: local artwork, excellent fare and dazzling rooms remind you of the lengths the staff go to create splendour in this tiny, secluded and breath-stealingly scenic spot.
Need to know
- Rooms 18 suites.
Double rooms from $481.82, excluding tax at 10 per cent.
The price shown represents the lowest nightly rate for a double room available at this hotel over the next 21 days. Any price conversions from the hotel's local currency ($482) have been conducted using today's exchange rates from xe.com.
- More details Rates (based on double occupancy) include all meals and drinks, minibar snacks, and most local activities.
- Facilities Massage room, TV/reading room, DVD library, free WiFi throughout, gardens. In rooms: iPod dock, minibar, organic bath products, controllable heated floors.
- Check-out 10am, but flexible, subject to availability (at half the room rate). Earliest check-in, 12pm.
- Children Welcome: cots for babies and toddlers are free; older children can stay in their parents’ room on the sleeper sofa at no charge.
- Also Smoking is permitted on the terraces and in outdoor areas.
- Hotel closed Mid-January each year for refurbishment.
Food and drink at Titilaka
The house restaurant makes the lake the star, with floor-to-ceiling windows promising 270º panoramic views over the water, and many ingredients , such as lake trout, plundered from its depths. Specials change every four days and the menu showcases locally sourced, contemporary Peruvian dishes, featuring regional specialties such as quinoa and alpaca meat.
- Dress code Bold prints and modern jewellery will keep you as stylish as the art on display.
- Top table Opt for window seats at lunch to best enjoy the view. On beautiful evenings, the terrace is secluded and romantic.
- Last orders Dinner is served until 10:30pm says 7–9 online. Early risers can have breakfast as early as 5:30am, but don’t worry if you fancy a lie-in; it’s available until noon.
- Room service Drinks and casual bites, including sandwiches, soups and salads, can be brought to you at any time.
The long lakefront lounge serves drinks until 2:30am; after hours, there’s always the free minibar in your room. All drinks – except a few spirits and premium wines – are included in the rate, so sit back with a cocktail. The staff can shake nearly anything, but the tart and frothy pisco sour is the national speciaity.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More...
Titilaka Huencaya Community, Distrito Plateria, Chucuito Pennisula, 054
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Our favourite rooms
Each room has a lake view, but the Corner rooms on the third floor have double windows with the best vistas – just throw back the blackout curtains and take in the panorama from the comfort of your enormous bed. Start the day in splendour with striking views from the Dawn rooms. Opt for one on the third floor, where the open-plan bathroom’s freestanding tub will offer the best lake look-out.
The temperature dips quite low, so stock up on Alpaca sweaters. You can leave thermal PJs at home, though: the hot water bottles replenished each evening at the foot of your bed will warm your cockles. Each room also has sandals, handmade using recycled rubber tyres. Leave room to pack Peruvian textiles from the locals who weave wall hangings and rugs from impossibly bright threads. Note that there are no ATMs in the vicinity, so arrive stocked with local currency (nuevos soles).
Each night, staff leave you a poem with colourful details about the activities that await you the next day. Helpfully, it also offers tips on dealing with altitude. Bath products are as local as can be: they are made by the owner’s sister using muña, or Andean mint.