The Hotel Sol y Luna is located just outside Urubamba on the road to Ollantaytambo. French couple Petit and Franz set up the Sol y Luna Lodge twelve years ago as a means to generate income to fund their work with local underprivileged children. Unusual for a business, 100% of the profits from Sol y Luna go back into the Sol y Luna non-profit association.
The feeling you get in this hotel is unique to the valley, Petit and Franz’ personalities are felt throughout the hotel with friendly, local staff and excellent service making you feel like part of the extended family.
The Hotel Sol y Luna is a Relais & Chateaux property and has 43 private ‘casitas’ or bungalows. The 28 superior casitas contain a bathroom complete with bath, sleeping area and terrace and are perfectly comfortable. The ten deluxe ‘casitas’ are our favourite option with spacious rooms with a lounge area, desk area, private terrace and stunning marble bathrooms. They five premium ‘casitas’ come complete with outdoor Jacuzzi, private terrace, fireplaces, flat screen televisions and fabulous luxurious bathrooms.
The casitas are spread out over the 15 hectares of the property amongst delightful, colourful gardens providing seclusion and great opportunities for spotting hummingbirds, just one of the 35 species of birds found in the gardens.
The colourful gardens are an extension of the colourful art by Lima artist Federico Bauer found throughout the hotel. Federico, was perched 3 metres high painting a lively mural above the communal lounge area when we visited and was more than happy to share his vision on ‘Arte Popular’ or popular art which sees him taking inspiration from local Peruvian culture and art and adapting it with his own unique touch. His work is scattered throughout the hotel and includes the fun collection of ‘Los Gordos de Ayacucho’ or the Fat Musicians from Ayacucho, a series of larger than life-size ceramic statues painted in bright colours that are scattered throughout the property alongside his colourful murals.
Hotel Sol y Luna is designed to offer all the services you might possibly need without having to leave the property. We were particularly impressed with the Kunata Wasi Art Boutique where you can buy a wide range of unusual decorative objects and souvenirs from all over Peru and the Chicha Wasi Bar, a cozy place to unwind at the end of the day before a gourmet dinner in the Killa Wasi restaurant.
If you are looking for a more casual dining option head to the Wayra Restaurant where you can indulge in the ‘Sacred Valley Lunch’, a meat and potato feast cooked in clay ovens and served on the terrace where you will be entertained by their Peruvian Paso horse show.
The small but complete Yacu Wasi spa offers a wide range of treatments for guests. Ask for the delightful stained-glass treatment room where the sun streaming through the window warms your skin. Rates also include private use of the sauna and steam room.
Hotel Sol y Luna is an ideal place to spend a few days relaxing in the Sacred Valley. Choose to take a few days to rest, enjoy the gardens and the stunning scenery in complete seclusion and privacy.
Access between casitas can be joined providing a larger, more comfortable space making it an ideal choice for small groups or families with children. We also highly recommned Hotel Sol y Luna for couples or honeymooners looking for a few nights of luxurious romance and seclusion.
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- Wayra is also open to Sol y Luna guests and offers a whole range of tours including horseback riding, quad biking, kayaking, paragliding, community visits and weaving courses as well as cooking classes and demonstrations in Wayra restaurant and five, seven and ten course degustation menus in the private wine cellar. Click here for more information on all the different activities offered by Wayra.
- Stay at least two nights and if you fancy a splurge, book a deluxe casita to really allow yourself to relax and enjoy the experience!