Peru boasts some of South America’s most plush accommodations–here are seven of our favorite
ORIENT-EXPRESS: You may associate the name with the luxurious trains, but Orient-Express also owns opulent five-star hotels and resorts all over the globe, specializing in exotic locales. In Peru alone, they boast four such resorts, each with their own unique flair in very different parts of the country.
Las Casitas Del Colca: Peru’s hidden gem, a luxury hotel and spa set in the serenity of the Colca Canyon, one of the most visually arresting destinations in the world. Las Casitas del Colca boasts twenty private cottages and an opportunity to experience the traditional beauty of the region while getting away from it all. www.lascasitasdelcolca.com
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge: Beating the crowds to Machu Picchu guarantees you a visit with the spirit of the Incas and not bus loads of tourists. The Lodge is the only hotel located adjacent to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu and the best hotel by which to explore the beautiful surrounding area. It also boasts two restaurants offering authentic Peruvian cuisine. www.sanctuarylodgehotel.com
Hotel Monasterio: Located high in the Andes and framed by the historic city of Cusco, the hotel, which was originally built as a monastery in 1592, offers fine living in impeccable surroundings. Featuring multiple room choices, two restaurants, dramatic public spaces and views to inspire your wide-angle lens, Monasterio has made its mark as the place to stay in Cusco. www.monasteriohotel.com
Hotel Rio Sagrado: This luxe retreat located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, features panoramic views of the Urubamba River. Guests can stay in rooms and suites, but for the true oppulence, the hotel offers two-story villas, featuring terraces, dramatically high ceilings, and a personal housekeeper. www.riosagrado.com
LIBERTADOR: Specializes in creating some of the most exclusive and A-list resorts in and around Peru, including Libertador Puno on Esteves Island directly on Lake Titicaca. A recent partnership with Starwood Hotels means even more luxe properties are to come.
Hotel Paracas: Located on the southern Pacific coast of Peru, the property features120 guest rooms and two restaurants serving authentic Peruvian cuisine. Just off the coast lies the Ballestas Islands, an ecological sanctuary for sea lions and penguins, and guests are just a short private boat ride away from an up-close-and- personal experience with marine wildlife. Other nearby attractions include the Nazca Lines, ancient petroglyphs that are one of Peru’s most impressive sites. www.libertador.com.pe
Tambo del Inka: Newly-opened Tambo del Inka in the Sacred Valley of the Incas marries a quiet, luxurious retreat and an array of modern amenities with the vast surrounding nature. In addition to its 128 rooms and suites with postcard-worthy views of the Andes and the Vilcanota River, Tambo del Inka also boasts a full-service spa, two heated swimming pools, and its very own train station to facilitate trips to the legendary hilltop city of Machu Picchu. www.luxurycollection.com