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Titikaka Lake, Amantani Island isla de Amantaní, Puno 21127 Peru
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Amantica Lodge, is located on the rocky eastern coast of Amantani Island, where you will be able to enjoy beautiful sunsets and sunrises as well as amazing skies at night. Delight your eyes with an outstanding view over the lake Titicaca from any point of the Villa. Amantica Lodge is built following traditional methods and using local resources respecting our environmental & social commitment. We offer two comfortable suites where we can accommodate up to 6 people. Plus a large bathroom with a huge natural stone bathtub. Amantica Lodge´s guests are granted with a private chef and an island native host available at any time. Amantica Lodge is the perfect spot to end your trip in Peru, giving you the opportunity to feel like being in your own cottage of the end of the world: the serenity of the place and the beauty of nature around makes it a truly authentic and unforgettable experience.
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Lesjullier wrote a review Aug 2019
London, United Kingdom60 contributions23 helpful votes
It will stay as one of the most charming places we ever visited. An exclusive earthy habitation made of stones, wood and glass, nested on the shore of the Titicaca lake, offering peace, relaxation and scenic walks amongst other activities (fishing, music, private chef...). The level of service was beyond reproach and we were made to feel special at all times.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 13 Aug 2019
Dear Lesjulkier, We warmly thank you for your positive review. We are proud that we suceeded in making your sty memorable and extremely glad that you enjoyed the essence of this charming, unique and remote place. Sincerly yours
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KonaNimmer wrote a review May 2019
Portland, Oregon104 contributions62 helpful votes
In case you are not interested in reading this very long review, I'd simply advise you to avoid this property at all cost. We were excited to spend the final three days of our two week trip to Peru here because of all of the favorable reviews. We're confounded as to how so many travelers enjoyed their experience. DECEIVING First, it's not a "lodge" as one might think of the term in the U.S. It's not a remote luxury inn or small, upscale hotel. It's actually a rustic two bedroom, one bath cottage with meals prepared by the manager. The lodge lacks the type of services, conveniences, and luxuries one would expect for a lodge charging nearly US $1000 per night. I'll expand on our awful experience by sharing the email we sent to the property manager shortly after our departure: DISAPPOINTING By now, you are aware that my wife and I left Amantica Lodge abruptly after just one night. We were tremendously disappointed in our shortened stay. To be honest, we're rather surprised that you have not tried to contact us to address our concerns and resolve the matter proactively. I'm writing to share our list of hospitality and safety deficiencies and to seek a refund. First and foremost, it was clear to us that Amantica Lodge was not well prepared for our stay. While Daniel was pleasant and courteous, he and the staff were not well prepared for our arrival. Daniel arrived on the same boat as us. He actually caused our departure to be delayed by a half hour. That also meant that our greeting and lunch on the island were both rushed and delayed as Daniel could not start preparing lunch until he arrived and showed us the room. We had other concerns that seemed to suggest better preparations could have been made: - The Internet/wifi was not working at all (even after Daniel said he would try to address it; and complicated by the fact that cel phone coverage was next to zero) - The iPad next to the bed was charged to 2% and could not connect to wifi - The ignitor on the exterior heater did not work (staff had to light it manually each time we wanted to turn it on) - The pilot light on the interior, unvented propane heater in the bathroom was out and had to be lit manually - There were no linens or heat in the second bedroom (more on this later) - Our meals were good but not gourmet. For dinner, we received family-style plate of chicken and a bowl of mashed potatoes. No vegetables? No plating? Nothing like the gourmet food described on your website. One might argue that these are just inconveniences. We had safety concerns as well. DANGEROUS First, Daniel was unaware of the food allergies that we had previously provided to you in advance of our visit. As you should know, my wife is allergic to strawberries. Yet, the dessert for our lunch included a sliced strawberry. We assumed it was meant to be decorative so we simply pushed it to the side. However, our dinner dessert was covered in a strawberry sauce, which clearly was not decorative. We reminded Daniel about the allergy. He apologized but he was clearly unaware of our food allergies. Given the remoteness of your location, this could have been life threatening if we had not been able to clearly identify the ingredients. Second, the use of unvented, indoor propane heaters is considered dangerous if not illegal in the United States. The fact that the pilot light was off when we arrived was alarming. Daniel was able to light the unit for us but we were not comfortable operating the heater indoors, especially while we slept, especially given it was unvented and seemingly had a spotty pilot light. All of these inconveniences and safety issues were compounded by the presence of numerous spiders in our bedroom and our bed. When my wife pulled down the sheets to go to bed, a spider scrambled out and disappeared between the pillows and head board. Like many people, my wife has a fear of spiders. We eventually rationalized that it was a single spider, more afraid of us than us of him, and settled in to read. Not two minutes later, another smaller spider crawled on my shoulder. At that point, there was no possibility that my wife would sleep in the main bed. We decided we would try to sleep in the second bedroom, as Daniel said we were welcome to do. That is when we discovered that there were no linens on the beds. And, even if we could be convinced to use an indoor propane heater, the heater had no propane tank. So, the second bedroom was not an option. As an makeshift alternative, I dragged one of the mattresses from the second bedroom to the main bedroom and we took the linens from the main bed and used them on the mattress on the floor. We hoped spiders would be limited to the main bed and not bother us on the floor. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Prior to falling asleep, two more spiders crawled into our bed. I have pictures of the spiders and their remains if you would like to seem them. Needless to say, this is not the experience we were looking for in such an upscale, highly rated and rather expensive lodge. Due to our safety concerns, your service lapses, and numerous inconveniences, we decided to leave after just the first night. It was long, time-consuming, disappointing, and rather expensive trip to Amantica Lodge. We are willing to pay for the first of our three days, though we think that is generous given all of the issues we faced. Please provide an immediate refund for the two unused nights of our reservation. Thanks for your prompt attention to this matter. DODGY In our efforts to resolve this matter amicably, we've found the lodge owner and manager to be of different minds. The manager originally offered a one night refund, which was unacceptable to us. After he checked with the owner, he discovered that the owner was not willing to offer even a one night refund. The owner offered a smaller refund amount and proceeded to throw the manager under the bus. The owner said the manager was at fault for most of the problems and that the manager would have to provide the remaining refund. What!? How incredibly unprofessional and awkward. SPIDERS And a final note on the spiders issue... management blamed us for not letting them know that we objected to having spiders in our bed. Yup. They said that if WE had informed THEM that we didn't like spiders, they would have told us not to come to Amantica Lodge. Hmm. We don't typically think of telling lodges that we don't like spiders in our bed.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: This "lodge" is really a 2 bedroom, 1 bath cottage. Guests have access to both rooms...
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Response from Amantica-Lodge, Director Comercial at Amantica Lodge
Responded 16 May 2019
Dear Ronald & Tonya First of all in the name of the whole team, I express our sadness and concern for failing to provide you a satisfying experience at Amantica Lodge, and we thank you for sharing your experience giving us the opportunity to keep improving day by day our services. I must say that I have been surprised: in the evening I asked for operations reports that reached me only at 6h30 in the morning Thursday pointing out that everything was Ok and that our guests were happy. Then, less than 1 hour later, I was informed that you wanted to leave. I must also leave here clearly that most of our guests are genuinely (very) satisfied and their reviews are honest. We quickly answer to your e-mail offering us a partial refund as a fair –in our opinion- response to your demand, assuming that if our preparation request had been correctly answered by the travel agency or by yourself, some of the failures could certainly have been avoid. As said in my e-mail answering your concerns, I tried to talk to you when you were on the boat returning back from the island but I could not reach out. Moreover I wished to be informed of all aspects of the issues before answering. To counterbalance your point of view I list below our reaction to your complaints: 1) About your arrival: That is no exact, Daniel was on the island since the morning and had prepared your arrival, and so the lunch was served only 20 minutes after your arrival (welcome and installation time). He came on the boat to provide a better service by accompanying you on the transfer and take advantage to buy something missing for the lodge but that he was back to the boat between 5-10 minutes after you got on. - Information’s based on Daniel's and Simon reports - 2) About the internet connection: We never pretended to provide Internet connection to our guest (we do not inform that this "security" unstable connection exists), at the contrary we encourage our guests to disconnect from digital world and in order to reconnect with themselves, between themselves and with the nature, for this same reason we also warn that the lodge is located in a remote place with weak cellular phone coverage). 3) About the Ipad: It should have been charged, this is a mistake form our part. We specially choose some app and content that can be used offline (music, astrology app, games, touristic information etc.) 4) About the heater: We definitely should fix the igniter if possible but in the meanwhile the staff was available at any moment to turn it on, and it would have been OK to leave it switched on all time 5) About the heater 2: Same remark as last one. + there is ventilation in the bathroom (not electric) thank to air slot by the windows 6) About the 2nd bedroom linen: For a 2 person reservation we usually set up only the master bedroom but that's true it can be timely to prepare the second room. If asked the staff can prepare the room for you of course. 7) About the food: I am sorry to read this comment, we strive to give a excellent food experience and had pretty good reviews until now, but I understand that it did not meet your expectations and we surely will see with attention, together with cooking staff, what went wrong and what could be improve. I will investigate if something as not been made as usual. Please also note that it not simple mashed potatoes but it was made of Oca and Native Andean potatoes. 8) About the food allergy: Indeed this is a serious issue, that is why we always ask our guest about food restrictions or allergy, we have been asking it several times and had no answer from your part, at the contrary Kensington Tours affirmed us that none of you were suffering from any kind of allergy (I can forward the e-mails justifying that point) or any health concerns. We know this is a critical point and we are very serious with these aspects 9) About the heater.2: Your preoccupation is justified we maybe should improve the ventilation nevertheless as told previously the building as natural ventilation through opening and air slots. Moreover in the main room, the heated by the gas chimney which IS vented 10) About the spiders: We are aware that insects can enter the facilities – it is a countryside, remote location surrounded by nature - but at this point it effectively looks problematic, we should look for some more efficient solutions, but I can ensure that cleansing is appropriately done and that several natural repelling methods were tried with more or less success, said also that it is the beginning of the cold season and insects are looking for shelters. Best Regards
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Miki F wrote a review Apr 2019
London, United Kingdom84 contributions42 helpful votes
As part of a 10 day tour of Perú, my girlfriends and I, booked a night stay in Amantica Lodge (should have stayed at least two nights but time was short). I had liaised with Damien all the aspects of our stay, including transfers to and from airports etc (Edwin our driver was amazingly helpful and patience with us women wanting to stop for pictures, for toilet, for coffee etc) After a ride and an hour boat trip, we arrived to the lodge, at the edge of Amantani island (where 10 communities live). I had seen the pictures from the brochure. It didn’t make any justice to the elegant beauty of the interior. Amazingly designed and built with natural materials from the island. Oswaldo, the owner welcomed us with such warmth, handing us his lodge for one night. Simon, was our local guide, always with a smile, gave us lots of info about his island. Daniel the chef, Prepared our delicious meals, with local produce. We even got serenaded by two young, talented musicians playing the quena and charangito. The spiritual calmness of the lake is indescribable, the night sky alight with stars. After a restful night sleep, we had a leisurely breakfast, then sadly we had to leave the lodge to do some sightseeing on our way to the airport. My friends and I will forever remember this unique experience. We felt, in such short time, were saying goodbye to friends. All the staff couldn’t do more to keep us happy, comfortable and entertained. Thank you Amantica Lodge, a little corner of heaven!!!
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Amantica-Lodge, Director Comercial at Amantica Lodge
Responded 15 Apr 2019
Hello Miki and Co. We told you... that 1 night would not be enough! We sincerely thank you for your kind review, we are honoured and pleased by you impressions. We are also very happy that you knew how to enjoy the essence of Amantica Lodge. We hope that we contributed to make your journey into our amazing Peru, an unforgettable and blissful experience. In the name of all the staff let me, thank you for your preference and for your kindness, and say to you “farewell my friends enjoy travelling” Kindest Regards - Damien L.
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James g wrote a review Jan 2019
Brisbane, Australia21 contributions16 helpful votes
We stayed at Amantica Lodge for three days between Christmas and New Year - what a way to see in 2019! Damien’s arrangements beforehand were perfect -a morning pick up by boat from our overnight hotel in Puno and safely delivering us to Juliaca airport on departure. The lodge itself is spectacular - beautifully designed, simple but super stylish with an amazing outlook across Lake Titicaca. It was cool in the evenings but the gas fires kept us warm and cosy, whilst the deck was the perfect place to reconnect with ourselves and with a unique part of the world during the daytime. The staff and guides we met were awesome. “Super chef” Danny produced amazing 6-star meals three times a day, and make sure you sit down with him for some top quality stories and “urban philosophy”. Our teenage boys loved him! Ana was wonderful - she picked us up, guided us on our visit to one of the more remote Uros islands (worth the price of admission on its own), translated and in between times helped Danny make sure we had everything we could possibly need. Simon took us through three of the communities and on the walk up to the Pachatata at the top of the island. He is a real gentleman and deeply connected to his community on Amantani. We were able to meet his family and he gave us a very privileged glimpse of a unique island lifestyle. Orlando who took us fishing delivered us a bucket of trout and catfish whilst the Shaman who came armed with coca leaves, alapaca wool, cow dung, methylated spirits and generations of insight was a brilliant part of our New Year’s Eve. And of course, don’t miss a dip in the lake - it’s a “must” as Danny told us!! You could not move from the lodge and still have an amazing time, but go with an open mind, an interest in what’s around you and a desire to listen and you will come away far richer than when you arrived. This is a unique spot in a unique place - don’t miss it.
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Amantica-Lodge, Director Comercial at Amantica Lodge
Responded 8 Jan 2019
Dear James, Thank you so much for your feedback, for us too it is a perfect way to start this New Year. We are so glad and proud that we strive to make you live a unique moment that you will remember for long. We are also very pleased and happy that you knew how to enjoy this kind of experience, this place and its people. Thanks to your positive philosophy we achieved to create together a naturally flowing event when/where everything connected smoothly. Kindest regards and we wish you lots of joy, laughs and love for 2019.
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laceofbase-LacyLynch wrote a review Nov 2018
New York29 contributions9 helpful votes
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Lake Titicaca became famous as a tourist destination for its floating islands, but Amantica is an untouched corner of Paradise on Amantani Island, well worth a visit and stay. It was our favorite experience in Peru, of equal enjoyment to visiting Machu Pichu. Built on the side of the Island, and conceived of by French architect and a local man named Oswaldo, is a dreamy sustainable lodge, built with the support of the community. This lodge is a two-room private luxury paradise accommodation, perched unobtrusively on the side of Amantani island, where the rocks meet the clear blue lake, in-between the snow capped mountains of Bolivia and the edge of Peru. It takes two hours by car and boat from Juliaca, and around three and a half hours to reach the lodge by lake, from Puno, but the journey is as beautiful as the destination. My partner and I chose to take the Belmond Andean Explorer overnight train from Cusco to Puno, where we were picked up in a car and taken to the port. A (very slow) boat and Simon, our guide, were waiting to take us to the Uros islands and on to the lodge. Amantica offers two forms of accommodation; “all-inclusive;” (which includes transportation to and from Juliaca/Puno, excursions, drink/snack access, and meals), and “basic” (which includes welcome drink, meals, and accommodation only.) We chose “all-inclusive,” as it made arranging transport easy. The primary feature of the lodge is the gorgeous views and floor-to-ceiling glass walls, with two way glass, so that you can see out, but no one can see in. At night, the walls become a planetarium, showcasing the stars and sky so clear, that you feel you could touch the Milky Way. The crown jewel of the lodge, besides Chef Daniel, is the gorgeous giant stone tub with a waterfall feature and open shower next to two-way glass. When we arrived, Chef Daniel had some delicious guacamole and plantains waiting for us, as well as other snacks and champagne. Oswaldo walked us through our excursions for the trip, and we planned a loose schedule together until they left us with walkie talkies so that we could rest. They let us know we could call for anything we wanted (several of the staff live on the property or a few minutes away and have a ninja-like ability to only show up at the appropriate time). The meals were delicious and hand crafted, beautifully presented with authentic local fresh ingredients. You can eat them on the deck where there is a beautiful private table with a few, or up in the dining area. Upon arrival, we rested on the deck in the sun for a bit after our long journey and then got ready to go on our community visit. It was the life around the lodge and the view of the Quechua people through the eyes of our guide Simon that really caused me to fall in love with the island. There are no cars, few stores, basic electricity and most of the inhabitants are in traditional dress. Simon told us about growing up on the island while we observed some local children playing soccer at the school Simon attended when he was a boy. The island is immaculately kept, and what struck me most is the way that it functions. The 800 families on the island are separated into ten communities who work together, even taking turns to help pave each other’s walkways. There are beautiful sunset hikes, a coca tea ceremony with the local shaman, kayaking, fishing, star gazing, cooking lessons, and many other activities to choose from. Or you can simply relax in the sun. Damien, the manager, is lovely to communicate with, and makes sure your visit is flawless, personalized, tailored to your taste, and seamless. One of the best things about the lodge is the amazing handmade meals from Chef Lanier and Anita. Each carried a unique fusion of local Peruvian dishes with the chef’s take on Peruvian-Italian and Peruvian-Chinese fusion based on his experience growing up in Peru, working on an Italian cruise line, and working under chefs of many backgrounds. This was the perfect example of sustainable tourism at work: when tourism is in balance, the place changes you, as much as you do it. Highly recommended for a two-three day visit, or a longer retreat. Perfect for couples, a family, or a solo artist or writer retreat!
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 19 Nov 2018
Lacy, Thank you very, very, very much for such review which leaves without words to add and which almost pulled us a tear. Reading guests feeback is always a source of learning, improvement and often of motivation. We will surely share this heart warming review with all the staff. Finnaly the most rewarding is realizing that we reached our goal to make you enjoy and unserstand the essence of Amantica Lodge and its preserved environment. Kindest regards
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USD 35 - USD 900 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Amantica Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Amantica Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Amantica Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Does Amantica Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Amantica Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Amantica Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Amantica Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.