The Hotel Sol y Luna is located just outside Urubamba on the road to Ollantaytambo. The only Relais & Chateaux property in the Sacred Valley, this hotel is without a doubt one of the most luxurious and characterful hotels in the Sacred Valley if not Peru.
French couple Petit and Franz set up the Sol y Luna Lodge as a means to generate income to fund their work with local underprivileged children through their 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.
We recently returned to review Hotel Sol y Luna and were blown away by the level of service, attention to detail and new infrastructure that clearly positions Sol y Luna as one of the leading hotels in Peru and a firm Best of Peru Travel favourite.
The hotel boasts 43 ‘casitas’ or private villas. 28 superior casitas contain a bathroom complete with bath, sleeping area and terrace with stunning mountain views. They also have five superior family casitas which are ideal for families and have two twin beds on a mezzanine level and a king-size bed on the ground floor.
The ten deluxe casitas are a more luxurious option. They contain spacious rooms with a lounge area, desk area, private terrace and stunning marble bathrooms with double vanity and L’Occitane amenities. On this trip we stayed in one of their five premium casitas. These luxury villas come with a private terrace and outdoor Jacuzzi, lounge, bedroom, beautiful marble bathroom and fireplaces. All of the casitas are decorated with hand-painted murals and colourful Peruvian folk art giving rooms a unique, colourful feel.
The casitas are spread out over the 25 acres 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. 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. He takes inspiration from local Peruvian culture and art and adapts it with his own unique touch.
Since our last visit they have built a fabulous leisure area with a new terrace area. This is now the best spot for an outdoor breakfast with stunning views of the Andean mountains overlooking their new pool. They have also opened a sauna and a small cardio and free weights gym that are all complimentary for guests’ use. The new outdoor jacuzzi is the best spot to enjoy the sunset after a long day of sightseeing.
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 daily Peruvian Paso horse show.
Hotel Sol y Luna is one of our favourite places to spend a few days relaxing in the Sacred Valley. Choose to take a few days to rest, enjoy the gardens, lounge by the pool and take in the stunning scenery in complete seclusion and privacy. You won’t leave disappointed…!
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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.
- 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.
- 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! It’s the perfect destination for couples or honeymooners looking for a few nights of luxurious romance and seclusion. It’s also an ideal choice for small groups or families with children and access between casitas can be joined providing a larger, more comfortable space.