The Big Six: Peruvian pit stops
Andean-style furnishings, hot springs and private beaches
Saturday 30 March 2013
Aranwa Resort: Colca
This four-star resort opened this week in the Colca Valley – one of Peru's top tourist spots thanks to its plunging canyon and soaring condors. Ideal for nature lovers, the resort has two waterfalls, a trout farm, and plots of quinoa and corn to roam through. There are also horseback and mountain bike tours, an on-site spa and the "white city" of Arequipa a three-hour drive away.
Aranwa Resort, Calle La Merced 206, Coporaque, Caylloma, Arequipa (00 511 434 1452; aranwahotels.com). Doubles start at US$218 (£145), including breakfast.
Casa del Sol: Aguas Calientes
This hotel offers 30 rooms in the heart Aguas Calientes – the scruffy base camp for Machu Picchu. The town's name translates as "hot springs". Rooms come with Jacuzzis, furnishings made by local artisans and views of the Urubamba River. Whether you're relaxing in the hydrotherapy pool with its panoramic views or sampling Andean cuisine, Casa del Sol is a luxurious way to start your journey to the ancient Inca citadel.
Casa del Sol, Avenida Imperio de los Incas 608, Aguas Calientes (00 51 84 211 118; hotelescasadelsol.com). Doubles from US$300 (£200), including breakfast.
Hotel B: Lima
This new art hotel is due to open in May. Housed in a Belle Epoque mansion that was designed a century ago by Claude Sahut, a French architect who was commissioned to add grandeur to Lima, it will feature 17 suites, a spa and a signature restaurant by Oscar Velarde. Located in the trendy Barranco district, it will have its own art collection and links to Lima's leading gallery, Lucia de la Puente, making it the ideal base for those wanting to feel the capital's cultural pulse.
Hotel B, Calle San Martin 301, Barranco, Lima (00 51 1 700 51 06; hotelb.pe). Doubles start at US$576 (£384), including breakfast.
Titilaka: Lake Titicaca
This hotel is located on its own peninsula on Lake Titicaca – the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable body of water in the world. It features 18 rooms spread over three levels. Set between the water and the Cordillera mountains, it has extensive grounds and two private beaches. Excursions include boat tours to the floating islands of Uros, kayaking at 3,800m above sea level, biking through the Altiplano and visiting nearby archaeological ruins.
Titilaka, Chucuito, Peninsula Titilaka, Puno, Lake Titicaca (00 51 1 700 5111; titilaka.com). Doubles start at US$910 (£606), all-inclusive.
The Unesco-listed primary forest of Manú National Park, deep in the Amazon jungle, became easier to reach this week thanks to a new flight from Cusco, run by Crees. The not-for-profit conservation organisation has been offering tours and accommodation in the region since 2002, but Romero is the newest outpost, standing sentinel with eight ensuites on the lower section of the Manú River – home to giant otters, black caiman and myriad bird life.
Romero, Manú National Park (020-7581 2932: crees-manu.org). A three-night stay costs £1,393pp, activities and domestic flight included.
Palacio Nazarenas: Cusco
This all-suite retreat opened in the capital of the old Inca Empire last summer. Part of the Orient Express group, it has the city's only outdoor swimming pool – ideal for weary hikers returning from Machu Picchu. Its clutch of lavish rooms comes with Andean-style furnishings, while the gourmet El Senzo restaurant is overseen by Virgilio Martinez, one of Peru's most exciting chefs. Added luxury comes courtesy of a personal butler and the Hypnôze spa.
Palacio Nazarenas, Plaza Nazarenas 144, Cusco (00 51 8 458 2222; palacionazarenas.com). Doubles start at US$605 (£403), including breakfast.
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
- 1 JK Rowling horrified by Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis's raunchy photoshoot
- 2 As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
- 3 The ten most unequal developed countries in the world
- 4 Saudi Arabia 'seeking to head United Nations Human Rights Council'
- 5 New Zealand 'the best country to work as a prostitute', says sex worker advocacy group
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
Labour leadership: Battle lines are drawn as members battle over party's ideology at first hustings of the contest
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
£24K + Excellent Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking an Events Coordinator ...
Salary 42,000: Royal Yachting Association Cymru Wales: The CEO is responsible ...
£35-40k (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Marketing Communicati...
£40000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A growing business that has been ope...