27 April 2010
At 50 minutes northwest of Cusco, the fertile Urabumba Valley, or ‘Sacred Valley’ as it is more commonly known, is a popular break for travellers ascending to Machu Picchu.
Libertador’s Tambo del Inka, a recently opened luxury collection resort and spa in the sacred valley, is a 128-room property with a luxury spa, two swimming pools and its own train station for trips to Machu Picchu.
Susan Sarandon was one of the first guests to stay at the property after attending the official reopening of Machu Picchu in April after heavy rains and landslides caused the closure of the Inca citadel and commented that the hotel had ‘bowled her over’.
Another well-publicised opening is the 5-star Aranwa Sacred Valley property. The 115-room colonial Hacienda style hotel is Peru’s first wellness centre and features seven treatment rooms, three hydrotherapy pools, oxygenation room, hyperbaric chamber, fitness and yoga rooms.
Elsewhere in the Peru the Aranwa chain is expanding its luxury offering with the Paracas Resort and Spa, located on the coast south of Lima, set to open in 2011, and the Hotel Aranwa Vichayito in the northern coastal resort of Mancora due for expansion later this year.