We review the best luxury hotels in Peru. These include Colca Lodge Spa & Hot Springs, Miraflores Park A Belmond Hotel, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Country Club Lima Hotel, Explora Valle Sagrado, Monasterio A Belmond Hotel, Palacio del Inka a Luxury Collection Hotel, Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, Sanctuary Lodge A Belmond Hotel, and SUMAQ Machu Picchu Hotel.
While Peru is best known for Machu Picchu, this country offers so much more, with many excellent ancient ruins, captivating culture, and a culinary capital.
1. Colca Lodge Spa & Hot Springs
The Colca Valley in southern Peru is home to staggering landscapes of deep canyons, active volcanos, and a fascinating ancient ethnic culture.
Colca Lodge Spa & Hot Springs is situated 3,250 meters above sea level and two-and-a-half hours from the colonial-era city of Arequipa, on the banks of the River Colca. The lodge is surrounded by hundreds of pre-Inca agricultural terraces that have been declared a Peruvian National Heritage Site.
This amazing location is home to the Western Andes where you’ll find the world’s deepest canyon, the highest chain of active volcanoes on the planet, and one of the world’s largest flying birds – the condor. The pre-Incan ruins at the Uyo Uyo Archaeological Site are near the hotel and are also worth a visit.
This resort makes use of the special energy of this spectacular landscape, where the river meets the sky, sun, and moon. Inside the lodge, there is a natural design inspired by the old pre-Inca structures, making use of natural materials, earth, stone, and straw. The effect is rustic but luxurious.
45 rooms connect to the beautiful gardens which merge into the crop fields without any dividing walls or hedges. A creative heating system uses heat-radiating stone slabs warmed by the lodge’s own geothermal energy sources.
A major benefit of Colca Lodge’s unique location is the amazing, relaxing thermal springs. Make sure you take a dip at night as well as during the day. The lack of ambient light gives a star show unlike any other. There are four of these blissful thermal pools, each with a different temperature and each with water rich in lithium – an element that encourages relaxation. To up the pampering a notch, there’s also a Spa at the lodge which has a stunning view of the valley, and to further add to your relaxation, all the treatments are started in its own pool.
The lack of Wi-Fi and television are welcomed here but are worth mentioning if you have difficulty switching off. They are available in the bar and relaxation spaces.
2. Miraflores Park, A Belmond Hotel, Lima
Live the high life in Lima’s hottest district. Set in a verdant garden, Miraflores Park is a true urban sanctuary beside the city’s cultural gems with breathtaking views and modern facilities. Explore museums brimming with Inca treasures. In summer, guests can enjoy a massage next to the pool. Work out in the gym, enjoy the personalized service of the Executive Lounge, or swim in the infinity pool. For dining, innovative international cuisine with Peruvian and Asian touches awaits at Tragaluz restaurant; breakfast is in The Observatory, overlooking the ocean; and pisco sours and more are served in Belo Bar.
3. Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Popular with those heading to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is an intimate Andean village with terraced hills, waterfalls, stone pathways, and 83 whitewashed adobe casitas tucked away in the cloud forest. The property has 12 acres of exquisite natural beauty, where 214 bird species, such as the golden-headed quetzal and the iconic Andean cock-of-the-rock, and the world’s largest native orchid collection (372 species) have been registered.
After exploring the Historic Sanctuary and in-house excursions, guests can enjoy the Unu Spa, which combines the classic nurturing with a mystical Andean approach. Natural products are derived from local botanical extracts (mint, eucalyptus, and orchids), thus providing a pleasing spiritual, sensual and soothing experience. The first-class restaurant features stunning views of the Vilcanota River and shares the secrets of Peruvian cuisine with a contemporary twist.
4. Country Club Lima Hotel
Walking through Country Club Lima Hotel means being part of Lima’s history: cosmopolitan, historic, and unique. Staying in one of the recently renovated suites & rooms is an extraordinary experience. The award-winning Perroquet Restaurant serves Peruvian classics with an international flair, and the English Bar has one of the most recognized pisco cocktails. The hotel creates the perfect unity of glamour from the past and the present.
5. Explora Valle Sagrado
Halfway between Cuzco and Machu Picchu, Explora Valle Sagrado was designed as a headquarters from which to explore a remote and spectacular destination. More than 30 explorations immerse guests in the colonial history of Cuzco and the architectural magnificence of the Inca in Machu Picchu, isolated villages, archaeological sites, and the Andean Pampas and mountains. Public spaces and rooms, with their humble stylishness, pay homage to the ancient cornfields and peaks outside. Walkways lead to a colonial mansion housing the spa and pool and the gastronomic experience here is exceptional.
6. Monasterio, A Belmond Hotel, Cusco
Uncover the secrets of Cusco with a stay in one of its most cherished landmarks. Moments from Plaza de Armas is an ancient monastery that has been at the heart of the city for centuries. Dine by candlelight among the cloisters; explore interiors rich with art and antiques; uncover the secrets of Peru’s national drink with a pisco lesson. Monasterio is a true jewel in the treasure trove of Cusco.
Within the hotel spa, you can enjoy an Andean massage based on a ritual developed by Andes natives; an aromatherapy treatment is administered using qantu, the sacred flower of the Inca. Visit the Lobby Bar for a wide selection of cocktails made from original recipes, and then dine on Peruvian and international dishes at El Tupay restaurant. Take time to meditate on your sacred destination in your Spanish Colonial-Style bedroom, where religious art and local décor adorn the walls.
7. Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Cusco
Inca emperors and Spanish conquistadores once made their homes at Palacio del Inka. Today, the historic mansion offers a conquering experience with its hand-carved furnishings, deep jewel tones, Peruvian textiles, and colonial-era artworks. Even the original walls stand intact. Set across from the ancient Koricancha Temple and just minutes from the main square, the 203-room hotel is ideal for exploring this foot-friendly city. More sensuous discoveries are made at the spa, which combines Andean wisdom with modern techniques. Organic and locally sourced ingredients go into the regionally influenced fare at Inti Raymi.
8. Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
Walking amid the hills that surround Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba is to tread upon one of the most fertile lands in the Americas. The Sacred Valley of the Incas is blessed with some of Peru’s finest archaeological sites, and this hacienda-style hotel immerses guests in Andean culture with an array of in-house excursions: Visit an ecological farm, bird-watch within the hotel grounds, hike along the Challa Huasi Trail, learn about the production of chicha de jora (a traditional drink of the Andes), and take a twilight walk. Handcrafted headboards, Inca masks, and alpaca blankets adorn the 12 guest rooms and 24 stand-alone casitas.
9. Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel, Machu Picchu
Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel, Machu Picchu is the only hotel located at the entrance to Machu Picchu. This stylish retreat lets you beat the citadel’s crowds. Sitting in the shadows of the Lost City, the lodge is an oasis of calm before or after a day exploring Machu Picchu.
Unwind with a yoga session, take part in a traditional shaman ceremony in the garden, or sip muña tea in Tampu Bar. Tranquility, wonder, and beauty are at the heart of the unique experience. makes Sanctuary Lodge the ideal base for exploring this world-class archaeological site. Watch the sunrise over mountains, then head off for a day of discovery. Enjoy a buffet lunch where oversize windows give way to spectacular views. For cocktails and dinner, enjoy the intimate atmosphere of Tampu, serving delicious international and Peruvian fare. The lodge has a relaxation area perfect for yoga and meditation. Or unwind with relaxing treatments in one of two massage rooms or in the garden facing Huayna Picchu.
10. SUMAQ Machu Picchu Hotel
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is named one of South America’s best hotels by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure, is located at the foot of the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu near the beautiful Vilcanota River, and offers impressive views of the mountains and landscapes.
This hotel has a contemporary Andean style inspired by the ancient Peruvian cultures, and offers innovative Peruvian cuisine, and a relaxing spa that features ancient Inca treatments for the body and mind. Cultural experiences that highlight mystic connections with local traditions include an authentic Andean wedding ceremony and exploring Machu Picchu with a Shaman.
The luxury property features 62 exquisitely appointed rooms and suites, including 1 imperial suite, 2 junior suites, and 59 standard rooms. An array of special experiences is included, among them a culinary demonstration and, for children, mini-chef classes and Andean Tales. Sumaq has been awarded Rainforest Alliance certification for its focus on sustainability, has received a certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor for five consecutive years, was on the 2018 list of the 10 Best Hotels in South America by the renowned Travel + Leisure magazine, won the World Travel Award for the Best Boutique Hotel in Peru, and is also found in the Top 10 Best Hotels in the 2019 Condé Nast’s Readers’ Choice Awards.
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