If what you need is a luxury and relaxing holiday, Peruvian Sacred Valley is the perfect place for you! Many luxury hotels have been built in the beautiful and peaceful Rio Urubamba valley in the Andes of Peru over the last 5 years and the area has become a destination in its own right. In the past, the valley was simply a transition area on the way to Machu Picchu for many tourists. The valley, which stretches between Cusco and the historic ruins of Machu Picchu, has become home for luxury hotels with modern spas and facilities in the last years, such as the Tambo del Inka, the Aranwa Resort and Spa, the Rio Sagrado Hotel by Orient-Express, the Sonesta Posada del Inca Hotel, the Casa Andina Private Collection and the Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa.
The Tambo del Inka was the first luxury hotel to be built in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It opened its doors in mid-2010 and it is Peruvian chain Libertador’s second Luxury Collection Hotel. The Hotel is located in the center of town, along the Urubamba River, and has its own railway station for trips to Machu Picchu. The Hotel, designed by Arquitectonica, a Miami-based firm, has been considered one of the world’s great architectural marvels. It has 128 air-conditioned rooms decorated with the fusion concept of ancient Peruvian tradition and contemporary architecture. Rooms have private balconies where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the river or the garden.
The Aranwa Resort & Spa is hidden from the rest of the Valley’s Hotel and it is located beside the Vilcanota River, set in an 18th century colonial hacienda. It is the largest property in the Urubamba valley; it has 115 air-conditioned rooms and a 25,000 square-foot spa, which is the most impressive in the entire Cusco region. It features a collection of historically-inspired rooms coupled with modern elements and a minimalist design. Among its facilities we can mention the 4 restaurants on the grounds, the small art gallery, the glass-covered orchid pyramid, the cinema, a small library, a restored chapel and a business center.
The Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay Hotel is nearly the most peaceful place of the valley, where you can have a real countryside experience in a bucolic ambience. You can breathe the atmosphere of a real Peruvian village. The Hotel is a former 18th century colonial-style monastery and it is surrounded by a large and beautiful garden, where you can find alpacas and several varieties of Peruvian plants and flowers. The 87 rooms are newly remodeled, but they preserve the colonial style with their antique iron locks and keys.
The Casa Andina Private Collection is a luxurious chalet-style retreat in the Urubamba valley with a panoramic view of the Andes. The Hotel has a romantic and peaceful atmosphere, and the guests can deeply relax in the Hotel’s spa or in the large landscaped gardens. Its 85 air-conditioned rooms are decorated with local inspired design and rustic details. Among its facilities we can mention meeting rooms, the sauna and the Fitness center.
The Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa is a peaceful and quiet retreat with a folk and traditional designed “casitas” (little houses in Spanish), decorated with Peruvian art crafts and a technology touch. Among its features we can mention a spa, a Fitness center, a sauna and a restaurant, where guests can enjoy Peruvian specialties and international dishes.