Photo Courtesy of Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel
This year’s TripAdvisor® Travelers' Choice® Awards includes two hotels that are making a first appearance to the list of the top 25 in Peru: the independent, Peruvian-owned Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness and Aranwa Cusco Boutique. Named to the top ten is Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness, which opened in 2008. Located in a restored 17th century colonial hacienda on the banks of the Vilcanota River in Urubamba, the resort offers a magical combination of mystical ancient Inca culture, colonial grandeur, and modern design and comfort. Its Unno Spa, the largest in South America at more than 27,000 square feet, provides a sensual journey towards healing and peace with a combination of traditional and ancient therapies that capture the spirit of the Incas. Next on the list, ranked at number eleven, is the two-year-old Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel, located in the heart of the Inca city of Cusco and housed in a restored colonial 16th century mansion. This 43-room hotel offers a rare blend of state-of-the-art modern luxury and comfort served with traditional Peruvian warmth and style. Designated a National Historic Landmark, the baroque style building façade is one of the best preserved in the city, while original artwork from the Cusco school decorates the interior. “Receiving these awards is a reflection of Aranwa’s commitment to exceptional personalized service, its philosophy of respect for the country’s traditions and heritage, and a genuine passion to share this Peruvian culture with our guests,” says Gabriel Alvarez, Aranwa’s General Manager.