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“Fantastic Hotel in a Peaceful Setting”
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Isla Suasi Hotel
Ranked #8 of 65 Hotels in Puno
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San Francisco, California
Level 6 Contributor
770 reviews
117 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 324 helpful votes
“Fantastic Hotel in a Peaceful Setting”
Reviewed 18 March 2014

We only have raves for this hotel. It is situated on its own island, Isla Suasi, the only privately owned island on Lake Titicaca. It is built in the form of a two story mountain lodge. There are 24 rooms.
Our room was on the second floor, was large, comfortable, clean and quiet. The room had a small stove heater which was lit for us every night to ward off the chill, and hot water bottles (which were actual glass bottles) placed under the comforter in the evening while we were at dinner.
The food was excellent (breakfasts, lunches and dinners). Free local wine and beers are available on request, as well as water and soft drinks/juices, and come as part of the all-inclusive room rates. This is not a cheap place, but it was well worth the expense.
What made our two night stay special was the ambience. As soon as disembarks from the boat, one is met with a sea of colors from the flowers that surround the immediate slope and area of the hotel. The gardens surrounding the hotel are verdant and well-tended. One is struck by the air of tranquility and repose. It was like stepping into another world where one's cares just disappeared.
The staff was very warm and accommodative. A guide organizes the various activities such as hikes up to the tallest point (almost 4000 meters), a zodiac ride around the island, a tour of the small museum, star gazing, a bonfire, etc. Our guide was exceptionally knowledgeable and caring. You can take a canoe or kayak around the island (about an hour). The hotel maintains a herd of 10 alpacas and there is a small herd of wild vicunas, as well as numerous Peruvian rabbits (they look like squirrels), birdlife.
The owner of the island is a kind woman named Marta. If you have a chance to meet her and perhaps have a coffee with her, she may invited you to tour her gardens. She walked a group of us around one morning, and we were privileged to witness how Quechans prepare their fields for planting using the traditional foot plow (the male breaks the ground and the woman turns the large clods of dirt over). Marta is a very special person.
If one goes to the trouble to go to lake Titicaca, we cannot imagine how one would not stay at this extraordinary island hotel.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
Level 6 Contributor
770 reviews
117 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

This is the only privately owned island on Lake Titicaca. It is small but has a nice hill with a great view of the lake. It takes about 3.5 hours to reach this island as it is on the eastern side of
the lake. It has a herd of wild alpacas as well as vicunas.There is a wonderful 24 room hotel on the island. Frankly, I don't know how one accesses the island without staying at the hotel. It seems to me that one can't really appreciate this island without staying at the hotel situated on one end of it.

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Oakville, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2014

Our two days spent on Sausi Island were one of the highlights of our two-week vacation in Peru.
Leaving the more popular tourist spots behind - e.g. Cusco and Machu Picchu - this was a welcome change of pace! What a wonderful place! How great it was to relax and enjoy the beautiful gardens and the views.
Our stay was made particularly memorable by Raul, the ever-present guide, who took us on
the evening hike to Itapilluni Hill. As we wound our way up the hillside past alpacas and vicunas, we learned so much about local history and culture. The following morning Raul introduced us to Martha and her house and gardens.
Overall, the hotel was outstanding because of its unpretentious simplicity and its idyllic location.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Geneva, Switzerland
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2014

Our first sight of Lake Titicaca, we had a room by the lake/garden, really nice..and quiet..Although felt very sick because of the altitude, it was an adventure to discover..The hotel was good, beautiful views, with their own private port. The restaurant was ok, again with same menu..as the other Casa Andina. Breakfast generous as usual, staff although struggling wit their English was very helpful.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

This was possibly the most unique hotel experience I have ever had. My wife and I traveled by car from Puno since there was a problem with the boat. Someone from the hotel informed us the night before and told us we could leave whenever we wanted which was nice. After getting to the coast near the island, we took a small boat to get to the resort.

Our guide, Raul, told us all about the island, the native species, its history, etc. When we got there, we found out we were the only guests in the hotel! We were greeted with drinks and a huge delicious lunch. We spent the afternoon walking around the island seeing the wild alpacas and vicunas (and one very strange alpaca/vicuna hybrid). Dinner was whatever time we wanted it served and was great. While we were eating, Raul set a fire in our stove and placed hot water-bottles in the bed - I cannot overstate how awesome this was. I had the best night of sleep of our entire trip. In the morning, we had a made to order breakfast, and just took in the natural beauty and relaxed. Like other reviewers have said, there is limited electricity, but there are central charging stations.

We left around noon by boat making stops on the Uros floating islands. These were very interesting, but a little awkward since we were the only people and clearly these stops were set up to sell things to tourists.

Bottom Line: If you can work this into your trip, do it. It is like nothing else I have ever experienced. It truly is an eco-resort. I think 2 days would have been perfect. We were a little rushed with 1 day. I hope that one day, we will be able to go back.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 24 January 2014 via mobile

I wish everyone else could have the same experience we had at Isla Suasi: we were the only guests on the island and had the whole staff to ourselves! Wilson, the manager, was there for us the whole time and provided great suggestions for the continuation of our trip (he actually set the record straight after an incredibly incompetent Casa Andina staffer comfortably sitting in Lima, responding to a message I had sent directly to the Isla Suasi email address, said she had no time to waste to answer questions about local specificities... - my question was simple: do I have enough time to catch a bus to go to Bolivia once the boat gets back to Puno... maybe such emails should be dealt with by Wilson and his team in the first place, as they are more aware of local conditions). Our transfer to the island was very professional, with a guide getting us from our hotel and driving us to the pier, where we boarded our private boat to the island, stopping at two wonderful sites on the way. Once at Isla Suasi, we were welcomed by Wilson and by Raúl, who is the most wonderful guide you can dream of (we not only talked about the local fauna and flora at length, but also discussed movies, Middle Eastern politics and... pantheism!). We used the hotel's steam room, with fresh eucalyptus please! The food was not that imaginative (which was a bit disappointing given Peru's record), but good nevertheless.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mackay, Australia
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Reviewed 10 January 2014

An OPTION not to overlooked. Sole purpose was for some respite during a nine week S.A. holiday. We weren't disappointed. All was private - belonging to the guests only. Boat ride and stop-overs to the island fascinating. Scenery spectacular and so peaceful and quiet. Power outage not an issue after candle light only staying in the Amazon. Great service and enjoyed the simple life.

Room Tip: They all looked over Lake Titikaka
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Isla Suasi Hotel
Address: | Isla Suasi, Lago Titicaca, Puno, Peru
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Region: Peru > Puno Region > Puno
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Puno
#3 Romantic Hotel in Puno
#4 Family Hotel in Puno
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Isla Suasi Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A solar-powered ecolodge on remote and uniquely beautiful Isla Suasi-the only private island in massive Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable body of water. Featuring panoramic lake views from every room, surrounded by terraced gardens and designed with native materials (stone, adobe and thatched roofs) to blend into the island, the lodge is committed to being green. ... more   less 
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