Most of the prices on our website are based upon two people sharing a double or twin room in “Standard” Accommodation. “Standard” hotels and lodges are clean and comfortable and well located. They usually have en-suite bathrooms with hot water and towels, and some in-room facilities like a TV and phone. Depending on the location, many will have wi-fi at least in the lobby areas if not in the rooms. They are often small and family run, and are tastefully decorated and full of charm. In most cases rooms will not be very big and although staff are friendly, their English may not be perfect. It's hard to generalise when we are taking about mountain lodges, rainforest retreats and city centre hotels, but these hotels would usually be locally classified as 3* hostels or 2.5* – 3* hotels.
It goes without saying that Superior hotels are also clean, comfortable and well located. They offer that extra bit of comfort and a wider range of facilities (such as heating, hair dryers, cable TV, wifi in the room, restaurant and sometimes room service). Rooms should be of a good size and you will have an en-suite bathroom with towels and some toiletries. Staff will usually speak good English. These hotels usually fall into the 3*-4* category. Note that any upgrade prices will be given for the principal room type available and that further upgrades may be available within the Superior Accommodation bracket as many of our Superior hotels have several room types varying from Standard to Suites.
Luxury / Feature hotels
These hotels are really special. Most of them get a local 5* rating and all of them are spectacular in their own way. Whether it is for the sheer luxury available, the history of the building, or a spectacular setting (or a combination of factors), these hotels are a destination in themselves. You can expect large rooms with excellent en-suite facilities and often a private balcony or terrace (private plunge-pools are available at our Luxury Rainforest lodge). Feature hotels are of a very high standard but as they are often located in remote places bear in mind that it may be logistically impossible for them to meet international 5* standards at all times – although they will try!
*Remember that you can mix up the accommodation standards so even if you mostly choose standard or superior accommodation you can always add a night or two in one of our really special Feature hotels to end your trip on a truly magical note.