Lima, Peru – stay in the clouds

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(Last Updated On: January 15, 2018)Offering culture, history, world class cuisine and a spectacular array of landscapes, Peru is a country on many travel wish lists. If you are considering visiting this magical part of the world, it is likely that you will stop by the city of Cusco, known by the Incas as the ‘Naval of the World’. This charming city is filled with markets selling alpaca wool souvenirs, restaurants dishing up Peruvian classics such as “ceviche” and “lomo saltado”, plus, some outstanding museums and historical treasures. This is the best place to begin an adventure into the Andean mountains and follow the journey of the ancient civilisations that once lived here. A stay of 2 or 3 nights is ideal, but where to stay? Here are several of the best luxury hotels in Cusco;

Belmond Monasterio
The Belmond name is ever popular, and the Monasterio is no different. Living up to its name, the hotel is located in a Monastery which dates back to 1592. There are a variety of historic sites within the hotel itself, which will appeal greatly to anyone visiting Cusco to see first hand the ancient artefacts which can be found all over the city. This vast hotel has pretty courtyards and gardens which sit between the many room options. If altitude sickness is a concern, the hotel even has rooms which offer guests a supply of oxygen to help alleviate any symptoms. With all the modern luxuries one would expect from a Belmond hotel, this centrally located hotel is perfect for those seeking a stress-free stay in Cusco.

Aranwa Boutique
Due to its incredibly rich history and astounding collection of antiques and artwork, guests would be forgiven for thinking they are staying at a museum rather than a hotel. This stunning building oozes luxury and offers guests every comfort they could want, including an oxygen supply in each of the 11 rooms. The colonial charm is evident in every room, and guests will be made to feel like royalty when visiting this centrally located hotel.

El Mercado
This small boutique hotel (32 rooms) is an excellent choice for those looking for underrated luxury. White washed walls are decorated with flowering plants and colourful artwork, and a stunning traditional balcony surrounds the courtyard. A fire pit can be found in the middle, with comfy seats and woven blankets on offer, making this the perfect place to sit back with a pisco sour. Each room is beautifully presented with excellent amenities and eco-friendly features. Another fabulous aspect to this hotel is the restaurant which serves delicious Peruvian cuisine in a relaxed manner. For a real taste of Peru, this should be you first choice.

Libertador Palacio del Inka
Impressive and luxurious, this Libertador hotel offers guests everything they could possibly need when visiting Cusco. A modern spa will keep guests happy after a day out exploring the city and a historic tour of this centuries old building will intrigue every person who stays here. Over 200 rooms are spread out among the carefully restored grounds, with a variety of categories available. All feature premium facilities such as flat screen TVs, high speed WiFi, cotton bed linen and complimentary toiletries. Location is key when choosing a hotel in Cusco, and the Palacio del Inka won’t disappoint.

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas
Situated next door to the Belmond Monestario hotel in Cusco, this alternative option is still historically rich and beautifully decorated. Guests can enjoy colourful, manicured gardens throughout, plus a swimming pool which is a rare luxury in Cusco where space is at a premium. In addition, a spa is available for those wishing to relax. The rooms are spacious, with antique furniture and modern amenities – some feature original Inca walls which will appeal to many visitors to the city.

Marriott Cusco
The grandeur of this Marriott hotel is obvious the moment you step through the door. Built in a restored convent, guests are encouraged to take the daily tour which showcases the many different historic areas and artefacts that were discovered during the renovations. The sumptuous spa area offers a swimming pool and jacuzzi alongside treatments such as massages and facials. Rooms mix modern-day luxury with splashes of Andean art and pure comfort. This stylish hotel is a short walk to the main square of Cusco, making it an excellent option when visiting Peru.

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From Luxury Travel Blog Dec 2017