A popular alternative to staying in Cusco with its bustling plazas and heady elevation is to head to the lower, verdant and more picturesque slopes of the nearby Sacred Valley. Home to several Incan ruins worthy of a visit in their own right, a hotel stay in the Sacred Valley has the added benefit of also being closer to Machu Picchu, cutting out travel times, making more time for relaxing and a slightly less earlier start for when you do visit the ancient citadel. To help you know where to stay in the Inca’s revered Valle Sagrado, we’ve compiled a list of the 6 best hotels in the Sacred Valley:
Situated right in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the Belmond Rio Sagrado is a stunning luxury hotel and spa with gorgeous views of the towering peaks above and powerful Urubamba River below. Its location is perfect for accessing the great outdoors of the Sacred Valley, or connecting between Cusco and Machu Picchu: the train will even stop directly in front of the hotel should you request it. Relax on the peaceful, expansive grounds where alpacas roam, take a dip in the Jacuzzi after some trekking, or indulge in some exquisite dining at the restaurant. There is no skimping on quality here at the Belmond, and service and attention to detail is of the utmost priority, as it is at every Belmond.
Perfect for: Friends, Families, Couples
Just a couple kilometers from the Sacred Valley ruins, this five star resort and spa sits in a gorgeous location at the base of Ch’iqun Mountain beside the Vilcanota River. Elegant rooms offer private balconies for taking in the impressive views, and guests can relax between visiting the spa, indoor/outdoor pool, game room, bar, or modern Andean restaurant, all the while being treated like royalty by a well-trained and attentive staff. Named by Forbes as “The Best Luxury Resort in Peru’s Sacred Valley”, any stay here will be absolutely unforgettable.
Perfect for: Families, Honeymooners and Couples
A series of charming bungalows decked out in traditional Peruvian décor, this 4-star boutique hotel is nestled in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Facilities include a spa, gym, and gourmet restaurant, in addition to expansive grounds and gardens complete with traditional Peruvian horse shows for guests to watch. Exceptional service is a certainty in this relaxing valley oasis.
Perfect for: Couples, Honeymooners, Families
Serenely sitting in the Andean foothills, Casa Andina is an exact middle point between the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and the Inca Ruins of the Sacred Valley. This four star superior hotel boasts a rustic décor that doesn’t skimp on any modern amenities, including a gym, spa, planetarium, gardens, lounge and upscale restaurant serving chic Peruvian cuisine. The property has 92 spacious rooms with mountain views, terraces and balconies, as well as 4 private villas.
At a slightly more affordable price point than some of the other Sacred Valley luxury hotels, Casa Andina never fails to deliver with impressive facilities and attentive service.
Perfect for: Families, Couples, Groups
Quiant terracotta homes look out over mountain peaks at the relaxing three-star Hotel Pakaritampu, just a 10-minute walk from the Inca Trail and only two minutes from the train. Perfect for those making a stop in the Sacred Valley, guests will love the colorful Andean décor and thoughtful perks. Facilities include a well-loved, classic restaurant serving international and regional cuisine, a bar, TV lounge, and library. Service is friendly and attentive.
Perfect for: Families, Couples, Solo Travelers
Spectacularly perched on the side of a steep cliff, deep within the Sacred Valley around 10 minutes outside of the town of Ollantaytambo, are the aptly named SkyLodge and StarLodge “Adventure Suites”: these nine transparent capsule suites are incredulously fastened to a rugged mountainside offering intrepid guests a panoramic, near bird’s-eye view out over the Sacred Valley. Guests have to either climb 400m up the cliff-face using iron rungs on a route called the via ferrata to access the three SkyLodge suites, or take a more leisurely walk to reach the six StarLodge suites. The accommodation package includes breakfast as well as a gourmet dinner with wine. Each capsule also features its own private bathroom, equipped with a dry ecological toilet, which is separated from the bedroom.
Perfect for: Adventurous Travelers!
A stay at any of these luxurious hotels in the Sacred Valley renowned for world-class service and gorgeous facilities, or indeed in a capsule on the side of a cliff is sure to be an unforgettable one. For information about booking a Sacred Valley tour with any of these hotels, contact us today.
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