Sol y Luna is a heart-stealing Relais & Chateaux lodge in Peru’s perfectly named Sacred Valley. Nestled into the Urubamba Valley, Sol y Luna is surrounded by extraordinary Andean scenery overlooking snow-capped mountains and fast-flowing rivers. The setting offers escapism and adventure in equal measure, and being so close to the gorgeous colonial town of Cuzco as well as the magnificent ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, it’s the perfect place to spend a few days enjoying Peru’s great outdoors and fits really well into an itinerary taking in the highlights of the country.
Spacious and cosy adobe casitas, some with private terraces, are decorated with charming Andean ornaments, brightly coloured soft furnishings (many of which have been hand-woven by local communities), and offer luxurious king-sized beds and top-quality amenities.
Set in wildflower-filled gardens bursting with colour and facing beautiful mountain scenery, the casitas are wonderfully tranquil and perfect for some R&R between adventures.
If you’re feeling indulgent, we can arrange for you to enjoy a massage in the privacy of your casita, or head to the lodge’s outdoor swimming pool to soak and relax.
Sol y Luna is known for its wonderful fine-dining that is second to none in the region and won’t fail to impress. As a Relais & Chateaux property, they place real importance on providing quality gourmet food, offering seasonal menus inspired by local Andean cuisine and using fresh, garden-grown ingredients.
Be sure to dine at Wayra, where an inviting atmosphere enhanced by an open fire and spectacular haute cuisine is topped off by a daily display of the stunning Peruvian Paso Horses, which you can ride during your stay.
The lodge also arranges ‘Chef’s table’ experiences to give you the chance to sample a range of Andean dishes and delicacies, whilst learning about the heritage and culture of the region.
There is so much at your fingertips in the Sacred Valley, from lesser-known Inca ruins such as Maras and Moray, to the ancient fortress of Ollantaytambo, colonial churches, the bustling market-town of Pisac, and traditional weaving communities dotted in the hill-sides. You can explore the Sacred Valley incorporating as much adventure as appeals to you, with mountain-biking, hiking, luxury camping, horse-riding and white-water rafting easily arranged through our close contacts on the ground.
We only work with the very best local guides who offer fantastic service and quality, and guarantee that every excursion you enjoy in the Sacred Valley will prove a truly memorable experience. If you have a particular interest, whether it’s in Inca history, colonial architecture, local Andean culture or if you’re a serious adrenaline junkie keen to see as much of the mountains as possible, let us know and we can tailor your stay entirely to suit your passions.
The Sol y Luna Association
It is so important to us to support hotels that positively impact their local communities, particularly in remote, rural regions. Our amazing friend, Petit, set up Hotel Sol y Luna in Peru’s Sacred Valley in order to fund the ‘Sol y Luna Association’. This non-profit organisation provides education to local children, giving them the opportunity to forge their own futures. It also supports local families with sustainable work opportunities, ensuring students’ well-being are making sure they are able to attend school. Last year Petit’s work was recognised with an environmental trophy, which couldn’t be more deserved. We encourage everyone to visit the Association during a trip to Peru. Any contribution, large or small, makes a huge difference.
Donations can be made via the following link: http://asociacionsolyluna.com/indexeng.html
Every time I explore a new destination, whether it’s on an adventure holiday in Peru or a luxury beach escape in the Indian Ocean, I return home full of excitement to share the amazing sights I have seen. Through my own experiences I have developed a love of helping others experience the great wonders of the world; truly getting under the skin of the extraordinary destinations that are at your fingertips. Getting the details right, from which hotel is perfectly located for exploring away from the crowds, to which local guide is most knowledgeable on history or culture or art, is of paramount importance to me. I am constantly seeking out new and exciting experiences and exploring off the beaten track to ensure my clients are receiving the best and most honest first-hand advice.
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