Travel specialist Journey Latin America has announced details of three new hotels opening in Peru throughout 2009, all of which will be added to the tour operator’s bespoke portfolio. The luxury properties are based in Cusco, Chincha and Paracas and all include spa facilities.
La Hacienda Bahia Paracas, Peru
Just a few hours south of Lima on the Pacific Coast, Paracas is home to Peru’s only marine reserve, and is a popular bird watching destination. Its close proximity to the Nasca Lines makes the destination a good base for cultural excursions and visits to the Ballesta Islands. Consisting of 80 rooms and seven bungalows, the luxury Hacienda Bahia Paracas retreat will feature a gym, football and volleyball fields and swimming pool. A separate area, known as ‘El Santuario’ (the sanctuary) will feature six rooms designed for those looking for the ultimate private getaway.
Aranwa Hotels and Wellness Boutique, Cusco, Peru
As the gateway to Macchu Piccu, Cusco is one of the most popular destinations for travellers to Peru. This boutique hotel will occupy a XVI-XVII century mansion located in the core of the city. It will consist of 42 rooms and will be equipped with oxygen systems for altitude, air conditioning units, Jacuzzi in each room as well as an individual massage room. A permanent exhibit of original paintings from Cusco’s famous school of painting, Escuela Cuzquena, and colonial sculptures will be displayed within the hotel.
Casa Andina Private Collection San Jose, Chincha, Peru
Less than 200km south of Lima, the coastal town of Chincha is home to Peru’s Afro-Peruvian culture and is a relaxing destination popular with music lovers. Consisting of 50 rooms and 15 suites, Casa Andina will start operating the Haciena San Jose in Chincha from November, becoming its seventh top class Private Collection property in Peru. The hotel will house a gourmet restaurant and bar as well as two swimming pools, a luxury spa and stables.
Laura Rendell-Dunn, Journey Latin America’s Peru specialist, comments: “The main draw for travellers to Peru is still Macchu Piccu and nearby Cusco, but we are noticing that more and more travellers are branching out to the more undiscovered areas of the Pacific Coast, such as Chincha and Paracas, both of which offer excellent hiking and bird watching opportunities.
“Peru is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Latin America and the last few years has seen a growing trend towards high-end boutique hotels and luxury accommodation,” she added.