Finding Luxury in Peru's Sacred Valley
PHOTO: The Kiri Bar at Libertador's Tambo del Inka in Peru. Courtesy of Libertador Hotels, Resorts & Spa.
It’s warm. It’s inviting. It is one of those places that you never want to leave – or at least you want to stay for an extended period of time. I wish I had had more than one night at Tambo del Inka in Urubamba in the Sacred Valley of Peru – but I’m glad I got at least the one. The hotel is a pinnacle of luxury, owned and operated by Peruvian hotel company Libertador Hotels Resorts & Spas and also a part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection.
There are many aspects that make Tambo del Inka one of the most luxurious resorts in the Sacred Valley, and its private train station to Machu Picchu is among them. Other luxurious amenities include a stunning indoor pool with sparkling deep-blue water and enormous picture windows, the five-star cuisine at the Hawa Restaurant and the Incan-inspired treatments at the Spa Valle Sagrado.
During my eight-day tour of Peru, my stay at Tambo del Inka was definitely one of the highlights. Although we arrived in the evening, we still made time for cocktails at the Kiri Bar. The atmosphere is a contemporary approach to the region’s ancestral Incan aesthetic. It’s long bar, comfortable seating and large picture windows bring the scenery of the Sacred Valley right into the room. It is really the perfect place to enjoy one of Peru’s signature drinks, the pisco sour.
The atmosphere of the hotel is modern yet authentic. Just like in the pool, the bar and the Hawa Restaurant, large picture windows bring the outdoors in, creating a lush sanctuary.
Guestrooms are airy and inviting with hardwood floors, views of the gardens or the valley landscape, fabric wall coverings and Incan motifs. Rooms include flat-screen televisions, iPod docking stations, a Simmons Hotel Beautyrest mattress, 400-thread-count sheets and a feather duvet. Bathrooms have Gilchrist & Soames amenities, a separate shower and a tub, double sinks, slippers and robes. There is wireless Internet access for a fee and a workstation in each room.
The Hawa Restaurant occupies a sleek space off of the main lobby and is appointed by contemporary textiles called khipus or “talking knots” that are historically used as an Incan accounting device. Continuing the theme of bringing the Sacred Valley into each space, the restaurant features high ceilings and columns that masquerade as ancient trees.
Organic ingredients dominate the menu and are purchased from neighboring farms and used to create innovative breakfasts, lunches and dinners. The restaurant’s signature dish is known as “Fervour of the Andes” and includes loin of lamb, quinoa in a champagne soufflé, yellow chili, toasted pecans and lamb sauce smoked in hickory leaves. The Valle Encantado is Hawa’s signature drink. It includes passion fruit, coconut cream, and aguaymanto liquor.
Health and wellness take center stage at Tamba del Inka. There is the fully equipped fitness center and the indoor swimming pool. The Spa at Valle Sagrado is a definite highlight. Wooden interiors, Incan ingredients and healing techniques combine to create a feeling of renewal. There is an array of treatment options, including the Yucamani Stones Massage, facials that include the use of Mount Misti mud and quinoa. Looking to indulge? Try out the 24-karat Gold From the Gods Facial.
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