If you’re one of the lucky ones who will be traveling to Peru, you may be overwhelmed when it comes to deciding where to base your stay. If you want the best of the best, be sure to check out these fantastic hotels and resorts.
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Explora Valle Sagrado made its debut in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the summer of 2016. Named one of the Best New Hotels in the World by Travel + Leisure for 2017, the publication notes the property’s philosophy that emphasizes nature, with amenities like Wi-Fi, TV, and mini-bars “replaced with soothing spaces ideal for relaxing after a day spent exploring craggy peaks and Incan ruins.” Located between Cusco and Machu Picchu, it was designed to be the ideal base for exploring the famous site, and all of its programs include accommodation, transfers, meals and beverages, as well as a selection of more than 20 exclusive explorations that were developed by explora. The adventures, as explora explains on its website, allow visitors to discover everything “from traditional villages still untouched by globalization to perfectly preserved ancient traces and lost lagoons in the Andean pampa.”
The hotel sits on a remote hacienda of terraced cornfields, with its 50 guest rooms overlooking farmland and the Andean highlands. The stand-alone spa is housed in a 17th-century colonial home, and serves as the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring.
The historic Country Club Lima Hotel perfectly blends classic elegance with modern comforts in an upscale 83-room property that features hi-tech amenities like iPod docks and flat-screen TVs. Set across a sprawling lawn with palm trees dotted throughout, and boasting a dramatically lit private outdoor garden, this regal property occupies one of the finest buildings in all of Lima, a massive 1927 structure built in Spanish tradition. Its signature feature is a round, stained-glass atrium where guests enjoy a breakfast of fresh fruits and eggs. Rooms boast palatial bathrooms, many of which feature separate soaking tubs. Facilities include an intimate outdoor pool, fitness room and guest privileges at the 18-hole Lima Country Club golf course. The onsite Perroquet Restaurant offers outstanding international dishes using local ingredients, while the English Bar serves up some of the best cocktails in the city.
This remote, romantic getaway in the Sacred Valley of the Incas,is nestled among verdant fields and dramatic mountains, yet it’s just a five-minute drive from Urubamba, or a 15-minute drive from the Ollantaytambo Train Station. Less than two hours from Macchu Picchu by train, staff offers to help guests plan a trip to this ancient wonder. Constructed using natural materials, resembling an Aldean village, this five-star property features stylish accommodation that combines European and regional influences. You’ll find more than a few standout touches, like heated wooden floors, a Swiss shower that faces the river and a scenic terrace. Activities include everything from rafting and fishing to cycling and horseback riding, cultural programs and cooking classes. After a day of play, treat yourself to a massage with local herbs at Spa Mayu Wilka and enjoy dining at El Huerto Restaurant & Bar featuring gourmet Peruvian meals made with organic ingredients.
Once a convent and a palace, the Palacio Nazarenas somehow manages to feel like both. It’s timeless and tranquil as a spiritual retreat, yet it’s also relentlessly upscale in every detail, including the heated flooring in the Peruvian marble bathrooms. Even the more modestly named Chica Junior Suites boast intricately carved antique furnishings and on-call butler service. Upon request, due to the high altitude, oxygen-enriched air conditioning can be supplied to your room, and you can also choose to have it delicately scented with the aromas of Andean herbs and flowers. The property’s poolside, candlelit restaurant serves modern Peruvian fare utilizing its edible flowers and herbs grown onsite too. The Hypnoze Spa, surrounded by a peaceful, private patio and inspired by Inca and Andean culture, offers treatments aimed to improve mental, physical and emotional well-being with its own brand of organic products using indigenous Peruvian ingredients like coca leaves and Andean salts.
This remarkable hotel is located within the Tambopata Nature Reserve, a private ecological reserve in one of Peru’s most remote regions. Visitors are transported by boat, taking a 45-minute scenic ride along the Madre de Dios River to reach the peaceful rainforest retreat. The guest rooms all sit in their own private cabin area, and by choosing the 840-square-foot Suite Tambopata, you’ll get your own private plunge pool too. No matter which one you choose, all 35 of the spacious thatched-roof cabins feature handmade furnishings, fine linens and king-size beds with mosquito netting, along with cozy robes and slippers, high-end organic toiletries and luxurious towels. Many visitors come to take advantage of the natural excursions on offer, including trips into the wildlife-filled Amazon jungle.
This all-inclusive boutique is set on a remote private peninsula along the shores of Lake Titicaca. An exclusive refuge for exploring the natural, cultural and historical resources of the highlands, it offers an array of excursions and activities, including customized archaeological tours and the opportunity to paddle through the reeds near the lodge, where one can observe interesting endemic birds and striking landscapes, along with gourmet dinners of freshly caught trout and cocktail hour on the waterfront terrace. The eco-friendly hotel is also packed with amenities, including heated floors, iPod docks and black-out curtains, and oversized tubs, though the star attraction is the awe-inspiring view of the brilliant blue water through the huge picture windows.
This beachside resort sits along the Pacific coast adjacent to the Paracas Natural Reserve, considered to be one of the most biologically productive marine areas in the world. The first five-star beach resort in Peru, it features a collection of white villas that are tucked into lush gardens and designed with open floor plans, that are all about low-key luxury, including marble countertops, authentic Incan textiles and large screen TVs, as well as big ocean views. The resort’s centerpiece is an alluring heated saltwater pool that’s flanked by wood decking, cabanas with pull-down shades and comfy chaises, while the spectacular glass-walled Zarcillo Bar sits on its bay side. Outdoor adventures abound, like sailing excursions to the Ballesta Islands to get a closeup look at area’s wildlife, or chartering a flight over the mysterious Pre-Incan Nazca Lines. After a day of play, you can unwind in the spa with lavish, original treatments.
This mountain chalet-styled retreat in the Sacred Valley offers panoramic Andes views in every direction, and from every room. Adobe walls, terracotta tiled roofs and dramatic mountain peaks surround you on all sides. Its location offers easy access to the area’s famous, abundant attractions and Inca ruins, including Macchu Pichu, and the property offers to organizes a wide variety of activities, from whitewater rafting, trekking and mountain biking, to yoga and cooking classes, and visits to the Andean markets and ruins. After dark, guests can enjoy more fun at night, with live Andean music in the lobby and a roaring fire.