Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness
Exquisitely Beautiful with an Amazing Staff
We did not stay in the town of Urubamba though many of our activities took place there or in close proximity. Instead, an hour from the town of Cusco along Rt. 28B we came to the small town of Huayllabamba. Just off the main road we crossed a bridge over the Vilcanota River, and promptly took a left turn which took us on a long and dusty road bordered by agricultural fields on one side and the the river on the other. At the end of this long dirt road it was surprising to find a stone wall punctuated by huge, wooden doors --- the real surprise was the beauty that lay beyond them.
The Setting ~
The Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel and Wellness was born out of the seventeenth-century "Yaravilca" colonial hacienda and now there is the addition of many other buildings including an exquisite chapel. With extensively landscaped grounds planted with many varieties of trees, plants, vibrant flowers and succulents, and rock, the view on to the property is magnificent. The newer buildings were rather modern but there were those of Spanish or Inca-style design, and these were connected with pathways and bridges spanning a rivulet, ponds, and close-cropped hillocks --- all this and with the Andes mountains in the background --- it made for the most beautiful and peaceful setting imaginable. If that weren't enough, every morning a few alpacas could be found wandering the grounds while busily shearing the grassy areas to the perfect height! We often were awoken by the high-pitched calls of the resident peacocks but it didn't bother us. Not until almost the end of our stay did we realize that there were several resident parrots on the grounds as well.
Probably the most unique and beautiful building within the confines of the Aranwa Sacred Valley was the elaborate, Spanish-style chapel (St. Peter and St. Paul) . It was positioned on its own little island in the middle of a pond. It was especially beautiful at night when bathed in a warm light both inside and out.
There is a lovely pool with lounge chairs and just steps from the bar. This is a relaxing place great for enjoying the sun and setting with the surrounding mountains in view. Several people on our tour took advantage of services at the Unno Spa: they have some exotic treatments which the hotel's website describes: "The treatments have been specially designed to provide life-changing experience. They combine the ancestral knowledge of the Valley and alternative medicine with the latest medical technology, as well as the use of essential oils from native plants like coca, muña, camu camu, aguaymanto, corn and quinoa. In addition, for most skin treatments, Pevonia products are used, which are 100% biodegradable."
With not much to do in the evenings, the hotel's cinema with movies each evening is one option that shouldn't be forgotten.
The Room ~
Our hotel room, number 272, overlooking gardens and cinema, was in a modern two-story building a little walking distance from the lobby, restaurants, and bar. Our large room with balcony was decorated in a modern, minimalist style in a soothing shade of green. The living area contained 2 queen beds complete with Peruvian textile runners, night stands, a desk, TV, 2 chairs, and a little table topped with a vase of fresh flowers. The bathroom was very modern with double sinks, shower and bath tub, toilet room, heated towel rack and was stocked with fluffy towels and lots of good toiletries.
Other rooms furnished with a Spanish Colonial decor are housed in what was originally the main building on the Yaravilca estate. I did not have the opportunity to see these except online and they are quite lovely.
Dinner and entertainment this evening is something unique to this region: Pachamanca Feast and Sol y Luna Teatro presentation of Los Diosis Andinos.
Unique Quality: Our Peru tour originally had listed a different place of accommodation for 4 nights while in the Sacred Valley and I was really looking forward to staying at that establishment. When I learned closer to our departure that we would be staying at the Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel and Wellness, well, I was a little disappointed. That was a big mistake on my part!! The Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel far exceeded my every expectation. Not only are the grounds and hotel more beautiful than I could have imagined, but the staff was simply amazing.
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Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness
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Address: Antigua Hacienda Yaravilca, Huayllabamba, Urubamba, 084, Peru
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Amenities at Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness
- Swimming Pool
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Room Service
- Fitness Center
- Free Parking
- Business Services
- Kids Activities
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High Speed Internet
- Bar / Lounge
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