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Sol y Luna

Nestled in the Sacred Valley, this dreamy family-owned compound merges the owner's European background her love for Peruvian culture and community.

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Belmond Rio Sagrado

The sprawling Belmond Rio Sagrado, situated along the roaring Urubamba River, provides a serene oasis that satisfies spiritual travelers and families alike.

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Entrance - Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Sacred Valley, Peru

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Built as a dormitory for archaeologists, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge has been spiffed to welcome guests who want to stay at the gates of the famous ruins.

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Exterior View - Casa Andina Private Collection, Sacred Valley, Peru

Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley

The largest luxury resort hotel in the Sacred Valley, the Casa Andina Private Collection property is the clear choice for large groups or families who want to explore the region from an international-style resort. Its eight acres of well-manicured lawns and gardens might have been transported directly from Santa Barbara, except for the resident llamas that graze them. The two-story chalet-style buildings that contain the guest rooms include regional decorative details and there are duplex rooms that work well for families (for the kids, there is a playground as well as a planetarium and observatory). There’s a spa with an extensive menu of Andean-inspired treatments from massages and reflexology to facials and hydrotherapy. Other draws include an attractive restaurant and bar and a selection of classes that include cooking, pottery, yoga and a textile workshop. The bathrooms in the main building may resemble those at a convention center but for the big groups that come through, this property delivers an international standard of cleanliness and predictability along with capacity that more charming places in the area cannot.

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Explora Valle Sagrado

This Sacred Valley newcomer, which opened in 2016, is a classic composition of Explora’s signature elements. As to be expected, the property includes minimalist accommodations, a full menu of adventurous group excursions led by bilingual guides, a setting amidst magnificent landscapes, all-inclusive farm-to-table meals developed exclusively by the renowned Peruvian chef Virgilio Martínez, drinks and eco-friendly amenities such as a refillable water station for the reusable water bottles provided by the hotel.

Explora coins their style as “essential luxury,” which frees travelers to enjoy their surroundings without distraction. High ceilings and contemporary, angular edges fit in well with the rust-red, tiered Incan agricultural ruins that surround the main building. The 50 rooms are beautifully yet simply crafted in light wood with neutral fabrics, and offer remarkable views of the surrounding mountains and thriving quinoa and cornfields. The rooms are spacious and at night, open the windows to hear the quiet sounds of nature echoing off the mountains. Locally crafted elements such as Peruvian blankets and animal hides make the public spaces calm yet inspiring and the bar and hotel shop are both well-stocked and worth visits.

Guests will spend most of their days off-property, enjoying the natural and cultural wealth of the Sacred Valley, and return in the late afternoons to eat, drink and relax. While there is a good amount of serenity, the property is best for those who of a more social and communal spirit (and not right for those who wish to have complete privacy throughout their stay).

The property’s spa, hot tub and pool are accessed by crossing through the quinoa and cornfields. The stroll itself is a meditation of sorts, as the rustling of seeds graze against stalks. With the mountains in the distance and a deep inhale and exhale, the special nature of the Sacred Valley and Explora are undeniable.

Aerial View - Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, Sacred Valley, Peru

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

Along the Urubamba River, Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba is a spectacular escape with cozy cottages and warm common spaces for relaxing after sightseeing.

Exterior View - Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Sacred Valley, Peru - Courtesy of Inkaterra

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Inkaterra Machu Piccu Pueblo Hotel sits at the base of the mountain where Machu Picchu is, offering a comfortable retreat after exploring the ruins.
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Night View : Sumaq Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Peru

Sumaq Machu Picchu

Set in the town of Aguas Calientes, Sumaq Machu Picchu offers easy access to the site along with modern and amenities, but no real sense of place.
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Tambo Spa at Tambo del Inka, Sacred Valley, Peru

Tambo del Inka

Tambo del Inka opened in 2010. The full-service resort in the Sacred Valley is a great base for exploring.
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