Belmond Rio Sagrado, Sacred Valley, Peru

Belmond Rio Sagrado, Sacred Valley, Peru

30 September 2019
Belmond Rio Sagrado, Sacred Valley, Peru

Belmond Rio Sagrado is a charming luxury hotel, set in Peru’s Sacred Valley, the heart of the ancient Inca civilisation. This beautiful region provides spectacular mountain scenery, ancient ruins, traditional Andean communities and market towns. Belmond Rio Sagrado offers an idyllic countryside escape and plenty of mountain adventures.

Fly into Cuzco, then drive 90 minutes into the Andes, where the hotel overlooks a beautiful river at the foot of the Ch’iqun mountains, surrounded by idyllic rolling fields from former farmland and huge Eucalyptus trees. It is worth travelling straight into the Sacred Valley to acclimatise at a lower altitude and discover the region’s history and culture before travelling on to Cuzco, where the altitude can be quite taxing if you are immediately sight-seeing (the colonial city is best explored on foot). It works well to visit Machu Picchu after the Sacred Valley, before continuing the journey on to Cuzco. 

Rio Sagrado, Sacred Valley, Peru

Lush, flower-filled gardens give Belmond Rio Sagrado its peaceful ambience and the feeling of being encompassed by nature. Sleep in Deluxe Rooms or Junior Suites within cottages constructed from natural stone and wood, tucked into the hillside, enjoying stunning river views from private terraces. For families or a group of friends, there are two gorgeous stand-alone villas with multiple bedrooms.

Rio Sagrado, Sacred Valley, Peru

The hotel design is simple and relaxed. Wooden floors, cream sofas and glass tables combine perfectly with the more colourful, traditional textiles and ornaments used throughout the hotel. Bedrooms are warm and cosy, with underfloor heating, king-sized beds, comfy ottomans and writing desks. The rooms are decorated with gorgeous hand-embroidered Peruvian cushions, wool rugs, throws adorned with pompoms and table runners, all in incredible colours and patterns. Marble bathroom are ‘’Swiss’ design, composed of large square stone sinks and huge walk-in showers with floor to ceiling glass, and cleverly positioned windows allow you to enjoy the view without being seen!

Rio Sagrado, Sacred Valley, Peru

Dine at ‘El Huerto’, or in the summer, El Jardin is also open. Food is a modern take on traditional Andean recipes. Organic vegetables come from an association in Urubamba, run by a group of local women, and native potatoes are bought from the Patacancha community to boost the incomes of local families. Breakfast is a fantastic buffet of cereals, fruits, yoghurts, pastries and eggs cooked to your preference. Cocktail o’clock is an important time to be at the hotel bar, where you can enjoy Pisco Sour tastings and learn about the many different Pisco varieties – all delicious. One evening I’d recommend dinner at Hotel Sol Y Luna, which is a gorgeous hotel just five minutes away with a superb restaurant, Wayra.

Rio Sagrado, Sacred Valley, Peru

The Sacred Valley is particularly perfect for a family holiday, providing freedom to roam the great outdoors right on your doorstep, with lots of adventure opportunities varying in difficulty. We organise a range of activities, including landscape painting, river rafting on the Urubamba, rock climbing, fishing, quad biking, riding traditional Peruvian Paso horses, hiking to ancient ruins, riverbank yoga and traditional cookery classes. Guests are invited to help feed the hotel’s pet baby alpacas on the lawn each morning (not just for children!) and the head gardener also offers tours of the gardens – he is an expert in indigenous botany and loves to share his specialist knowledge on local flora and fauna. Be sure to leave some time aside to visit the hotel shop where you can buy beautiful locally made gifts and textiles.

Rio Sagrado, Sacred Valley, Peru

For relaxation, head to Spa Mayu Willka, which includes a mixed steam room, Inca shower, indoor and outdoor plunge pool and Jacuzzi. Treatments such as massages and facials are offered using local indigenous plants and traditional spa rituals. There is a large heated open-air pool (great for children) overlooking the gardens, where guests can spend a relaxing afternoon on sun loungers, ordering drinks and snacks from the pool bar.

Belmond Rio Sagrado, Sacred Valley, Peru

It is very easy to travel from Rio Sagrado to Machu Picchu on board the luxury Belmond Hiram Bingham train, as the hotel boasts its own private station. Enjoy a delicious lunch on the scenic journey up the mountain, explore the ancient citadel with a private guide in the afternoon and then you either have the option to be back at the hotel in time for dinner. or you can spend a night at a different hotel up the mountain, or travel on to Cuzco. Contact our team to discover the best way to explore Machu Picchu.

Belmond Rio Sagrado, Sacred Valley, Peru

The staff are exceptionally polite and helpful, always assisting with warmth and willingness to ensure guests enjoy a seamless and spoiling stay.

N.B. The hotel’s hillside setting means there’s quite a bit of walking and many rooms are located up a few flights of steps. For those less able to walk, please call my team to discuss the best room options.

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Sarah Mason

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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