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Tel: 51 1434 1452
Peruvian chain Aranwa's first hotel is a dreamy Andean wonderland spread over a canal- and lake-filled compound beside the Vilcanota River, far from the clusters of resorts in the Sacred Valley. One hundred spacious rooms are sprinkled about the property in the carefully restored eighteenth-century hacienda, the resort's centerpiece, and several more modern buildings with minimalist decor. When taking a day off from Machu Picchu or valley tours, you'll find loads to do at the Aranwa: Stroll the orchid-filled glass pyramid, browse the art gallery or library, shop for alpaca scarves, soak in the infinity pool, watch a film in the private cinema, or take a treatment in the 25,000-square-foot spa, the region's largest. Personable staff are on hand to give lifts around the property in a fleet of eco-carts, or to entice an alpaca or peacock to pose for a photo op. Locally sourced ingredients are the norm here, and much of the fruit and herbs in the Peruvian Novo Andina restaurant are grown right in the resort's hummingbird-filled gardens.
Which room to book: Any of the three Lake Suites for two bedrooms, a handy kitchenette, and killer views.
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