There’s no feeling like waking up to the mind-blowing views of the Torres del Paine mountain range from the comfort of your own private villa or listening to howling monkeys from the plunge pool of your private bungalow perched between branches of rainforest trees. Blue Parallel journeys have always been about unforgettable destinations, epic outdoor adventures, as well as experiential accommodations. We scout for remote, off-the-beaten-path, singular properties that are the ideal base for truly immersive experiences—these are a perfect fit for guests who are looking for exclusivity in destinations featuring natural or man-made wonders.
We are always on the lookout for accommodations that allow guests to have their own space and relax in seclusion. Whether this means a private beach villa with a personal butler in Belize, your own riad in Marrakesh, or an 85,000 acre private estancia in wild Patagonia, all properties have been vetted by the Blue Parallel team and come fully staffed. These exclusive properties are ideal for couples, families, and even groups of friends who want to spend quality time together.
of a Lifetime
Many of our favorite properties offer unique accommodations that are experiences of a lifetime unto themselves. In Lapland, travel to a private wilderness refuge by dog sled where you can enjoy utter silence, gourmet meals, and the northern lights. In Norway, stay on a remote island in a lighthouse where you will be the only guests. In Morocco, spend the night in the Sahara desert at your own private desert camp under the stars, or in Turkey, stay in a hotel restored from the ruins of an ancient village that was carved into the hillside.
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Click any of the options below to learn more about a few of our favorite journeys that feature experiential lodging. These accommodations are not offered on a stand-alone basis and are only booked as part of an all-inclusive Blue Parallel journey.
EXPERIENTIAL LODGING IN LATIN AMERICA
This beautiful eco-friendly retreat consists of seven air-conditioned tented suites designed by world-renowned architects, positioned in 123 acres of wild landscape. The casitas and entire resort are solar-powered while water is obtained by rainwater harvesting. This balance of comfort and wildness is ideally located in one of the most biodiverse regions of the country, with an attentive staff passionate about service and conservation.
Perched on an oceanfront cliff overlooking two miles of beach along the Pacific coast lies your private estancia. Spread out over 17,000 square feet, the estate includes 6 suites, living and outdoor living spaces, and blends rustic local materials with sophisticated craftsmanship. The estate offers ample outdoor activities to explore and proudly focuses on the sustainability and conservation of its beautiful surroundings.
Awasi Patagonia is located within a private reserve next to Torres del Paine National Park. From this stunning hotel, guests can take in magnificent views of the Torres del Paine peaks and Lake Sarmiento. Taking inspiration from traditional Patagonian shelters and ranching outposts, the 14 separate villas are arranged to ensure privacy and remarkable views of the forest, Lake Sarmiento, the pampas, and Torres del Paine.
Home to the world’s second largest barrier reef system, the private tropical island of Cayo Espanto is both a sanctuary for relaxation and a paradise for explorers of both land and sea. The island features 7 private villas each with breathtaking sea views and its own private pool. During your time on the island, you will have your own butler who will be able to assist you with any of your needs. Your stay also includes 3 tailored meals a day plus a pantry stocked with your favorite snacks, bar drinks, beers, sodas, fruit juice, and bottled water.
Blue Parallel has access to beautifully refurbished colonial homes located in the walled-in historic center of colonial Cartagena. One example is a 17th-century manor that once belonged to Don Sancho Jimeno de Orozco – Cartagena’s Governor in 1693. It has since been the setting of countless stories and many lives. In 1979 Fernando Botero, one of Colombia’s most famous artists purchased the residence. Today, Lina Botero, the daughter of Fernando, owns and operates the home. It is decorated somewhat eclectically by Lina, an interior designer and globetrotting curator of her father’s artwork. Her goal is to allow its guests to step into the past while enjoying the pleasures of the present. Blue Parallel has access to various restored villas in the center of Old Town and each one comes with a full staff, a refreshing swimming pool, and a deep-rooted history in the founding of this charming colonial city.
Imagine yourself in the remote wilderness of Patagonia surrounded by unimpeded views of rolling mountains and dense forest. Blue Parallel has access to strategically located estancias providing an ideal access point to nearby outdoor adventures and wildlife viewing. There’s no greater luxury than being able to start an incredible trek right from the footpath of your remote private estancia. For example, in Punta Ninfas, guests can enjoy a walk towards a nearby beach to visit the Magellan penguin colony where you can learn about these adorable creatures. Of course, after a long day of exploration, spend your downtime in your fully equipped property with your own staff, and delicious meals.
Feeling like a scene from Swiss Family Robinson, Pacuare Lodge is located along the remote banks of the Pacuare River where you can white-water raft to the entrance of the hotel. The lodge is among the most unique in Costa Rica with its elevated, treehouse bungalows surrounded by lush tropical foliage, located on the banks of the Pacuare River. The best villas have their own plunge pools where you can relax and enjoy the forest views. This lodge is also a real treat for bird lovers with daily private birding sessions in one of the most eco-diverse forests in the world!
Sprawling over 9,000 acres that include 13 miles of Pacific coastline, the lodge features 6 oceanfront villas that have their own private hot tub and open fireplace. Mari Mari Natural Reserve Experience brings a combination of luxury accommodation, fine dining, impeccable service, and life-changing activities to a relatively little-known coastal region of Chilean Patagonia. The experience is built on the principles and vestiges of the long-lost culture of Monte Verde people who once called this region home. The Monte Verde culture lived at one with the flora and fauna as opposed to dominating and destroying it. It made little impact leaving as small a footprint as humanly possible.
Galapagos Safari Camp offers a new and immersive way of exploring the Galapagos Islands. As the name denotes, luxurious safari camp style tents are nestled in the heart of the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, with panoramic views of the surrounding archipelago. The concept was carefully designed to stay in-tune with their natural surroundings and has wonderful attention to detail every step of the way.
Located between bamboo forests and rolling hillsides, this 4 bedroom private estate and retreat is set in the picturesque countryside where one can totally disconnect from it all. Its main house has a modern design with open spaces and includes a spacious living room, kitchen and dining area, various patios, and 4 bedrooms, each with full ensuite bathrooms. The property, though rustic, also comes with a full Blue Parallel staff and a large outdoor area with a swimming pool filled with fresh running water from the nearby stream, a badminton court, and an area for yoga.
This property is located just on the beach where the rolling sand dunes meet the Atlantic ocean. Bahia Vik features a beautiful outdoor swimming pool, gardens, and spacious private bungalow suites with terraces that look out onto the Atlantic ocean and from where you can step out directly from your accommodations onto the sand. The hotel also proudly boasts two restaurants as well as a host of contemporary Uruguayan artwork throughout.
For those looking for a peaceful getaway characterized by a verdant tropical jungle and serene lake views, Casa Palopo is the perfect escape from a busy world. Overlooking Lake Atitlán and its surrounding volcanoes, this colorful and inviting boutique hotel offers spectacular views and is decorated with original art from some of Latin America’s most well-known artists. With colonial accents and colorful tiling, it is a unique experience in the midst of natural beauty. Here our travelers can enjoy a 3-Bedroom private villa with its own pool and helipad furnished in an African colonial style.
Comfort and attentive service in the remote reaches of the jungle; the Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge is our preferred accommodation in the Brazilian Amazon, and is best reached via hydroplane. The property consists of individual rustic bungalows where you will go to sleep surrounded by the sounds of the forest. The restaurant features elements of the local and pan-Brazilian food, accompanied with an array of juices from the many Brazilian fruits. The lodge features a clubhouse with a pool table and full bar, a beautiful pool with a view of the river, and a lookout tower above the canopy.
EXPERIENTIAL LODGING IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
This is a group of 20 chic cottages beach-fringed in a private estate in the south-west corner of the Mediterranean island. The private villas at Domaine de Murtoli are refurbished authentic shepherd homes with vast spaces for grassing between each home. The close to 5,000 acre estate has soaring mountains guarding its back, and a river - the Ortolo - running through it and boasts vast pastoral lands, agricultural fields, and an extensive vegetable garden. Enjoy complete privacy in your own cottage with a swimming pool and fantastic views of the ocean and maquis or scrub vegetation.
Dar Ahlam is situated at the gateway to the Sahara desert, in the heart of the Skoura Oasis. The property combines impeccable attention to detail with excellent service and refreshing yet traditional decor. Located in a beautifully refurbished Kasbah - a Moroccan tribal fortress, the property has a small capacity, providing its exclusive guests with an intimate atmosphere in the secluded oasis. Every detail is carefully planned during Dar Ahlam’s unique dinner services, from the harmonious decor to the painstakingly designed menu. You will never dine in the same location twice, and the sense of surprise and discovery makes each meal at Dar Ahlam a truly memorable and unique culinary experience.
Drawing its name from the Sanskrit-derived word for ‘peace’ and Zoe, the Greek word for ‘life’, Amanzoe is situated on a hilltop close to the town of Porto Heli on the east coast of the Peloponnese. The resort offers panoramic views of the Peloponnese coastline and the island of Spetses, as well as a private Beach Club in a picturesque bay. Each of Amanzoe’s 38 guest pavilions has its own private swimming pool and is arranged on different levels to maximize privacy and the breathtaking views.
Located near the heart of Marrakesh near the famed Jemaa el Fna Square, the Royal Mansour offers a sophisticated take on the traditional Moroccan way of life and is one of the world’s best hotels. The property is owned by the King of Morocco and offers each guest the opportunity to stay in their own private riad - a Moroccan stately home. The intricate design of each of the property’s luxurious riads features sumptuous fabrics and intricate craftsmanship that give the property an exclusive, Old World feel.
Located in the restored ruins of the houses and caves of an ancient cliffside village, the Museum Hotel is a perfect mix of history and luxury with spectacular views. It overlooks a breathtaking landscape of rose-colored ravines, dramatic rock formations, and the distant volcanic cone of Mount Erciye.
Your private desert camp offers an experience of a lifetime. You will be able to enjoy the celebrated golden dunes of the Sahara Desert in your own remote tented camp, surrounded by a sea of sand. You will be the only guests in the luxury camp, i.e., the fully staffed luxurious camp is exclusive for your party and will provide you with every comfort and fulfill any need you may have during your stay. In the evening, take in the spectacular desert night sky dotted with bright constellations.
Secluded and luxurious, the Amanruya on the shores of the Aegean sea is the ideal place to relax at the end of your journey as you enjoy the water of the Mediterranean basin. Its spacious pavilions offer total privacy, each with its own pool and gardens, and the property indulges all senses, from its turquoise waters to the sound of the crickets, ideal for relaxation.
EXPERIENTIAL LODGING IN THE POLAR REGIONS
We offer private access to different wilderness lodges tucked away deep in the forests of Swedish Lapland, offering a serenely peaceful ambiance. These idyllic cabin residences take one back-to-nature, with delicious cuisine and warm personalized hospitality nestled among winter’s wonder in the Arctic. To evade the chill, guests are welcome to their own private outdoor hot tub and a wood-fire sauna.
Located in serene outdoor settings across Southern Iceland, with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, we can arrange for you to stay in luxurious private villas depending on the size of your park. These accommodations are both exuberant and cozy, offering a taste of luxury countryside living. Here you will savor delicious Icelandic-inspired meals prepared exclusively by your own personal chef.
Located on a private island no more than 1 km in length and just a one-hour boat trip from Alesund, this remote lighthouse is the ideal setting for a getaway. The lighthouse was fully-manned from 1902 to 1988, at which point it was restored into a cozy retreat with an outdoor wood-fired hot tub, a natural seawater pool, a sauna, and a relaxation room. The lighthouse comes with a dedicated staff including a chef who prepares delicious local fare including fresh caught seafood. Here you will enjoy a peaceful retreat far from civilization with 360 views of the ocean.
Tree Hotel provides guests with an experience in Lapland unlike any other. Designed by renowned architect Mårten Cyrén, the spacious “7th Room” features luxurious Scandinavian wood interiors, large panoramic windows, 2 separate double bedrooms, bathroom and 75 square meters of living space, all held high aloft the indigenous pine trees of a Swedish forest. With beautiful views from your room of the surrounding ice-capped landscape and even the Northern Lights. Savor delicious private dinners in your exclusive treetop accommodations, prepared using locally sourced ingredients such as wild game or hand-picked berries.
Located on a converted sheep farm, this off-the-grid luxury destination blends into the natural landscape with its black timber cladding and living roof. Floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, a geothermal-heated indoor/outdoor pool, Isopod flotation tanks and an outdoor Viking sauna create the perfect setting for admiring the surrounding peaks. The property’s 13 ensuite bedrooms are accompanied by a communal dining room, bar and lounge, gym and gaming room.
Crafted from fully restored fisherman’s cabins of the 1880s, this singular lodge is the perfect blend of comfort and authenticity. With simple Scandinavian decor, the design includes old timber walls, arched ceilings and large windows with breathtaking views of the fisherman’s port.
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"Thank you again for the high class service from Blue Parallel. You and your team were excellent. The trip was phenomenal and each one of our guides were exceptional! The hotels, restaurants, were also first class. I know this was done last minute, just think if we really planned! I have been asked for my itinerary by 10 different people - will refer to Blue Parallel! Thanks. Irwin."Visit Testimonials
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“We are now back in Amsterdam after a wonderful trip to Morocco. This may have been our best trip yet with Blue Parallel. Everything ran like a clock. The food was great. The hotels were great. The country was great. We all feel our main guide, Adib, was exceptionally good. He was very well informed and went above and beyond to make us all happy during the trip. His driver was also outstanding and made us all feel safe on the treacherous roads of Morocco. It was truly one of the best vacations we have ever had.”Visit Testimonials
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"It has been a wonderful trip. The helicopter was thrilling. We have loved seeing so much of Sicily in such an easy way. Elisa was a lovely guide. Mario was very knowledgeable. The star of the trip was Emmanuelle in Salina. We had a wonderful time hiking with him. A delightful young man, and a very knowledgeable and helpful guide. Just terrific. Thank you for all your hard work!"Visit Testimonials
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"All of the Malletts had an excellent experience and adventure, and we highly enjoyed all the folks on the Blue Parallel Team. Magadalena was easy-going, accommodating and a perfect host. She was great with all of us and made everything go very smoothly. The staff in the glaciers area was excellent, friendly and helpful. Ernestina in Buenos Aires was perfect. We all loved her and she made our time here very special. The girls wanted to spend as much time with her as we could. We also highly enjoyed Gabriel in Iguazu. He was very knowledgeable."Visit Testimonials