5 Luxurious Hidden Gems To Stay At In Peru
1/5 Tambo del Inka Luxury Resort & Spa
"Authentic luxury midst of the Sacred Valley"
Tambo del Inka is a luxury spa hotel located at the base of a mountain in the Sacred Valley (Valle Sagrado). Overlooking the Urubamba River and surrounded by nature and wildlife, you’ll be impressed by its Inca inspired architecture, art and patterns, with a modern contemporary décor. Designed by the hip Miami-based firm Arquitectonic and a member of Starwood's Luxury Collection, this 128-room hotel features triple-height ceilings, towering stone chimneys and mermerising views to the Andes and surrounding rivers from private balconies.
Tatler Tip: Don't miss breakfast! The hotel's Andean restaurant uses home-grown ingredients from its bio-organic garden, serving extremely fresh, healthy and delicious food at the buffet every morning.
2/5 Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado
"An oasis rich with the spirit of the Incas"
Also located in the Sacred Valley, Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado resembles a rural Peruvian village, making it one of the most unique luxury hotels in Peru. Situated at an altitude lower than the nearby Cusco, Belmond provides the perfect environment to adjust for the high altitudes of Cusco and is an ideal base for exploring the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Here, we also recommend tasting the sensational cuisine of Peru at the hotel's restaurant and enjoying a local Sacred Valley massage.
Tatler Tip: For animal lovers, don't miss a chance to spend some time feeding the hotel's cute baby alpacas. Yes, baby alpacas.
3/5 Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel
"Lose yourself to the mystical wonders of the Machu Picchu region with five-star service"
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is a signature luxury property adjacent to Peru’s premier tourist attraction, Machu Picchu. Recently refurbished with a modern interior that is still inspired by thousands of years of Andean culture, Sumaq is located at the foot of the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Find an aesthetically soothing interior of double-pane windows and neutral palettes with splashes of bold colour, as well as innovative Peruvian cuisine and a mystic connection to local traditions at this hotel. As for accomodations, each of Sumaq's 62 rooms is a stylish private retreat with scenic views, tonnes of space and five-star service.
Tatler tip: On your stay don’t forget to attend the mystic culture activities Sumaq hotel offers such as Pachamanca (Earth Pot) feast which is an ancient way of preparing a meal and Pachamama (Mother Earth) RITUAL which it’s a beautiful way to connect to the ancient culture and ecological explorations.
4/5 Belmond Las Casitas Colca Canyon
"The hidden gem of the Andes"
Plan your escape to the Belmond Las Casitas and retreat to a world of quiet indulgence, surrounded by the peace and serenity of the breathtaking Colca Valley. Comprised of just 20 individual and exclusive bungalows or casitas, a stay here feels a world away from the stresses of everyday life. All casitas feature a private terrace with a heated plunge pool—perfect for relaxing and soaking up the magnificent views—not to mention luxurious marble bathrooms with both indoor and outdoor showers.
Tatler Tip: Take a walk through the hotel’s extensive vegetable garden, which includes five natural greenhouses and a prickly pear orchard. For more invaluable natural experiences, rise early at dawn and enjoy the sight of rare bird species riding the warm air currents. A species to keep an eye out for is the amazing Andean condor.
5/5 Palacio del Inka
"Where history meets luxury"
The Palacio del Inka was once a palace, an extension of the Inca Templo del Sol. Today, Palacio is a unique hotel that can give you an experience unlike any other as it seconds as a museum. The Templo del Sol, or "Temple of the Sun", was once the St Dominic Church, which later came to house many of Cusco’s most important Incan and Spanish artifacts and ultimately ended up as a Starwood Luxury Collection property.
Tatler Tip: At the Palacio del Inka, rooms feature artwork and decor from or inspired by the colonial period. There is an original Incan wall in the lounge you shouldn't miss, and you can also see baby alpacas in the hotel's courtyard as alpacas are sacred to the Incan culture.
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