The beautiful owner-run hotel of Sol y Luna is located just half a mile from the town of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It provides a perfect base to explore the valley, and because it is a few hundred metres lower than Cusco allows a more gradual acclimatisation to the altitude. It is set in 25 acres of gardens teeming with indigenous and exotic plants and birds.
Built from local materials, Sol y Luna's 43 free-standing casitas are made up of 28 superior, 10 deluxe and 5 premium bungalows. These are spacious, light and airy and provide comfortable accommodation. They vary in size and amenities but all have en-suite bathrooms and private verandas with views of the gardens. Premium bungalows also have outdoor jacuzzis.
The Killa Wasi Restaurant features Novo Andino cuisine, a distinctive blend of Andean, coastal and international flavours. The menu is inspired by leading Peruvian chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino and specialities include sautéed slices of Alpaca in a coconut curry, and shrimp-stuffed trout. Meals are complimented by fine wines. There's also a terrace for al fresco dining. The Chicha Wasi bar is a sociable place where you can mix with other guests.
Additional hotel facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, gift shop and Yacu Wasi spa. The spa contains a fully-equipped gym, sauna, steamroom and jacuzzi. A wide selection of spa therapies are offered including facials, wraps and masks, along with newer treatments such as music therapy, and energy therapies such as reiki. Massages include traditional Swedish massage, shiatsu, aromatherapy and reflexology massages. Classes or personal sessions in yoga and tai chi are also available. There's a small boutique selling locally-made products. There's an on site equestrian and activity centre, offering a range of tours and activities in the Sacred Valley.
Most visitors spend 2 or 3 nights at Sol y Luna and visit Ollantaytambo Inca town and ruins, and Pisac market. However, for those wanting to spend longer at the hotel, a range of activities are offered including horse riding, trekking, rafting and mountain biking.
Open: All year.
Location: On the outskirts of the town of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Rooms: Guests are accommodated in superior, deluxe and premium bungalows., all with en-suite bathrooms, some 43 in total. They all have heating, an outdoor terrace, Wi-Fi internet access, telephone and safe. Rooms are light and feature murals, sculptures and woven fabrics. Deluxe bungalows also have a TV and sound system while premium bungalows have a separate living room
Activities: Many activities are available in the Sacred Valley including horse riding, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking and paragliding. Cultural visits to witness Andean rituals and craft workshops can be arranged. Cookery, weaving and pottery workshops are available and there are regular theatre and contemporary performances for guests.
Facilities: There is a restaurant, ‘Kila Wasi’ serving locally inspired dishes with fresh produce, mush grown in the hotel’s own gardens and orchard. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. ’Chicha Wasi’ bar is open from midday till 10pm and serves hot and cold drinks and a range of aperitifs and cocktails. The spa offers facials, body treatments, body wraps, massages, manicures and pedicures. There is also a sauna and gym. Yoga and tai chi sessions can be arranged. There is 24 hour room service and a laundry service. The hotel is set in 25 acres of gorgeous gardens full of flowers and birds. There is a boutique selling local art and crafts.
Dining: Meals are taken in the restaurant at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: The Sacred Valley is a non-malarial area.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access and full ‘phone access.
The best of Peru, from Lima to Cusco and the Sacred Valley.
This hotel is one of the good guys in their area. Sol & Luna Lodge Spa has helped the local community by building sporting facilities as well as renovating local roads and bridges. They have also improved the facilities of local schools and helped maintain the community water channels. The lodge makes best use of local resources, buying vegetables from local farmers and using locally grown plants in their gardens. It also sells local handicrafts in the gift shop. As you might imagine reading this, Sol & Luna is an ethical and local employer.
"Outstanding in every respect"
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