The South American nation of Peru is a bucket list destination for many, thanks to world-class attractions and natural landmarks. In addition to historic spots like the lost Incan city of Machu Picchu and the ruins of Chan Chan, Peru is home to exciting cities like Lima and Arequipa. You can also find beach resorts on the South Pacific coastline and mountain resorts in the Andes. Whatever you’re doing on your next getaway to South America, make sure to unwind each night at one of these amazing places to stay in Peru.
Just steps from the shores of Lake Titicaca on a private island is Isla Suasi, a hotel complex made from stone in the traditional Peruvian fashion. The property is exclusive, featuring just 24 rooms, so guests will get to have their own private balcony that looks right over the water. You can spend the day sipping coffee or cocktails on the terrace next to the lake, or you can have the hotel staff plan an adventurous tour that lets you explore the culture and scenery of Lake Titicaca.
Right on the banks of the Río Vilcanota River is the 17th century hacienda that now houses the Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness. Although there is plenty to do in the surrounding region, the hotel offers everything that you might need to enjoy a vacation. You’ll certainly love the four bars on the premises, the art gallery, the museum, the movie theater and the swimming pools. There is also a large spa that offers incredible views while you unwind and get pampered.
If you have plans to visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas, check out the incredible accommodation at Tambo del Inka Resort and Spa in the small town of Urubamba. The location of Tambo del Inka is unbeatable, and you’ll love having views of the Ch’iqun Mountain and Vilcanota River as well as being a short walk from the cafes and nightlife of the Plaza de Armas. The hotel boasts marble bathrooms, private balconies, a game room, a luxurious spa and a trendy Andean restaurant on the premises that serves contemporary Peruvian cuisine.
If you’re craving accommodation and adventure in one breathtaking package, then nothing will be better than Skylodge Adventure Suites near Cuzco. These independent suites are unlike anything else in the world, and they are completely transparent capsules that hang a staggering 300 meters (1,000 feet) off the floor of the Sacred Valley. Accessible only via hike or zipline, this is one hotel that you’ll never forget. Views of the stars at night and the valley below by day are truly incredible.
Lima is the capital of Peru and its largest city, and it is also home to the Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel. The hotel is a luxury building close to the Larcomar clifftop shopping center, and it offers incredible views. Guests can choose between windows facing the sprawling city of Lima below or the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. After a day of sightseeing or shopping, you can head back to the hotel for a relaxing massage at the spa, a meal at one the international fine dining restaurants on the property or a few laps in the outdoor pool.
As the name suggests, the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is just 20 minutes from the Machu Picchu archeological site. The hotel is inspired by the traditional Andean cross, which draws on the four elements of fire, water, Earth and air. The rooms themselves are spacious and sumptuous, and the restaurant serves up authentic Peruvian fare. The best rooms also have private balconies for spectacular views of the Urubamba River and the surrounding mountains.
Puerto Maldonado is a city where the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers meet, and it is a popular stopping point for travelers who want to explore the Amazon. Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica is an amazing accommodation choice in the city that combines eco-friendly design and amenities with absolute luxury. There are just 35 wooden cabanas in the resort, each of which is inspired by the local Ese’Eja culture. You will definitely want to check out the tree canopy bridge that lets guests walk among the trees and listen to birds, see wildlife and truly become a part of this awe-inspiring atmosphere.
The Katari Hotel is a boutique accommodation choice in the heart of Arequipa, a city known for its three volcanoes and its impressively preserved architecture. It is hard to imagine a more perfect location in Arequipa than the Katari Hotel, which is situated right in the Plaza de Armas, faces the impressive Arequipa Cathedral and offers views of the volcanoes in the background. The decor in the Katari Hotel is colonial in style, and the exposed brick floors and Alpaca wool textiles add an unexpected and historic touch of opulence to your stay in Arequipa.
Cuzco is a popular destination thanks to its variety of colonial architecture and its proximity to Machu Picchu. To experience that colonial design firsthand, stay overnight at the iconic Casa Cartagena Hotel. Housed in an authentic colonial home, Casa Cartagena puts you just minutes from major attractions like the 15th century ruins of the Qurikancha Temple and the 16th century Cuzco Cathedral. The hotel may embrace the old-world colonial atmosphere, but the amenities are thoroughly modern and include everything from an indoor pool to free wireless Internet for guests.
Along Peru’s southern coast is Paracas, a stunning nature preserve boasting fantastic beaches and access to islands just off the shore. Hotel Paracas is an upscale place to stay in the region that offers five-star luxury as well as views right over the water. While staying at Hotel Paracas, you can take a dip at one of the two swimming pools, relax at the spa or dine at one of the two spectacular onsite restaurants.
This boutique accommodation choice just a short walk from the Machu Picchu train station is absolutely luxurious, but the hotel’s style is also clearly influenced by its surroundings. The accommodations at the Inkaterra are village-style, creating a community of smaller buildings rather than one out-of-place structure. The two restaurants at the hotel are definitely worth exploring, as one is a charming thatched cafe overlooking the Vilcanota River and the other is a glamorous restaurant with glass walls that looks over the Urubamba River. The villas at the hotel offers five-star touches like butler service, plunge pools and private terraces.