With its steepled roof, traditional carillon and symbolic cross, it would be easy to mistake Aranwa Sacred Valley as a place of worship. A jagged Peruvian mountaintop serves as the backdrop for this Preferred Boutique property, part of the Preferred Hotel Group, located in Urubamba, about a 30-minute drive from Cusco. Built on a plot of land where an 18th-century colonial hacienda once stood, this riverside hideaway, part of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts portfolio, features a collection of historically-inspired rooms coupled with modern elements and a minimalist design. Architectural excellence abounds at every turn, from the glass-covered orchid pyramid to the 24-seat on-site theater.
The resort's signature restaurant is sophisticated yet relaxed. Culinary traditions are fused with modern innovations, resulting in a tantalizing menu of Andean cuisine. Dining takes place amid contemporary surroundings, illuminated by a soft glow of light. Luxuriate behind the doors of Aranwa SPA, a sanctuary rich with wondrous features such as hydrotherapy pools, a vichy shower and an oxygen-relaxation room. There are seven treatment chambers plus an extensive menu of comforting services. Aranwa Sacred Valley also has a permanent art collection and a rotating display of contemporary Peruvian works to enjoy. If Machu Picchu is what brings you to Peru, expand your travels by exploring the Urubamba Valley. Visit Pisac or Chinchero, where Andean textiles are woven into bold patterns. Pottery is also a regional specialty, and of course no trip would be complete without a visit to the Incan ruins.