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Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness
Ranked #6 of 29 Hotels in Urubamba
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

It's quite difficult to describe the perfection of Aranwa Sacred Valley. My husband and I stayed in this oasis for five days and were overwhelmed by the beauty, character, and unmatched client focus. We began planning our trip months in advance, and Russell (in guest relations) responded promptly to every email I sent - there were probably at least twenty. He assisted in arranging excursions, transportation, and spa appointments. Russell definitely exceeded any customer service experience I've ever had. The food at Aranwa was amazing - I sampled so many different dishes I've never had before (you must try the Alpaca). Everything was beautifully displayed and so incredibly fresh; it comes from their own garden.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 January 2012

Aranwa Sacred Valley is seriously the best hotel I have ever stayed in. It's such a unique property that my family and I spent our entire stay exploring and being dumbfounded by every single beautiful detail in the architecture, layout, culture, and design. The property is GORGEOUS. They have alpacas and peacocks roaming the grounds in what is a beautiful landscaped garden and pool area. Their chapel is gold-encrusted decadence, out of this world. Same with their museum, orchid garden, and stores. This is the kind of hotel in which upon exploring, you keep finding new elements that surprise and delight you - for example, comfy lounge chairs to catch the sun in privacy behind the museum, or a Spanish-style square behind the orchid garden with its own popcorn machine. The amazing thing about this hotel is the design/architecture. It was originally a 17th century colonial hacienda, and the opulence and beauty of that era is still very much prevalent. In fact, the architects and designers who created this hotel have done the most amazing job I have ever seen of ensuring every single detail, every stone, structure, flower, sculpture, etc. is exquisite and unique. We were awestruck by the hotel because it almost seemed crazy to create something of such perfection and cultural significance.

The spa is a world of itself. WOW. They have the latest and greatest equipment, but in addition to that, they offer some incredible local treatments, such as an Inca spa outside with its own fireplace, a meditation room in which you can burn cocoa leaves, and they can even call a Shaman for you for a special session. Even their manicure/pedicure room is amazing with the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking lush greenery and the river. Their couples spa private room is also pure luxury.

The strange thing about the hotel was that it was only about 50% occupied when we were there, and it felt like a private oasis of calm and serenity. The only explanation I can give for why people are not breaking down the doors to get a room there is because of the somewhat isolated location. However, Sacred Valley is right on the way to Machu Picchu from Cuzco - do yourself a favour and stay for a couple nights at this hotel in Sacred Valley before heading to Machu Picchu. No hotel in Machu Picchu even comes close to being on this level or this nice. Stay here for a couple nights of luxury, use the pool and jacuzzi, play with the alpacas, meditate in the spa, eat at the delicious restaurant with a pisco sour in hand, and trust me, you won't regret it. We loved it so much we even tried to cancel a pre-paid night in Machu Picchu to come back.

By the way, the service is incredible. The staff are there to cater to your every whim and desire. The maître d'hôtel, Carlos Velazquez, was especially wonderful and knowledgeable. He wrote us a comprehensive list of recommendations of places to eat, shop, and visit in Machu Picchu and Cuzco. Carlos - your hotel is fantastic, and we can't wait to come back...

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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

Beautiful hotel, exceeded our expectations. Remote location, but as we were on our way from Cuzco to Machu Picchu, and only spent one night at Aranwa, we did not mind. We enjoyed a quiet dinner, a pleasant walk about the grounds, and a good night's rest. The dinner service was very attentive (we were almost the only people in the restaurant) and the food was delicious. Breakfast was average, and buffet style, which met our needs. We would not hesitate to return.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 December 2011

In the middle of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, what a charming oasis of peace and amazing resort. For 2 nights we slept in a colonial room which was comfortable and well appointed. We enjoyed the extra-large in room jacuzzi but be careful when using the faucets, they are quite hard to reach with the current setup, one would like to see bars or handgrips on the shower-bath walls to prevent accidents. Food at breakfast is average but dinner selection and quality of food was great for supper.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 November 2011

This is a typical Aranwa hotel in that the amenities are top notch, the personnel are very knowledgeable and professional. The downside is the hotel is very isolated in the Peru Sacred Valley. We only stayed one night as we were on our way to Machu Pichu and had spent the day on a tour of the Sacred Valley. BTW. Condor travel arranged all of our activities and transportation and did aterrific job.

It is almost mandatory to eat at the hotel as the nearest restaurants are not in walking distance and there are not may locally. We had dinner at the in-house restaurant is was OK but not great! Service was good, selection was decent but food was just average.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness

Address: Antigua Hacienda Yaravilca | Huayllabamba, Urubamba 08471, Peru
Region: Peru > Cusco Region > Sacred Valley > Urubamba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Urubamba
#4 Family Hotel in Urubamba
#4 Romantic Hotel in Urubamba
#5 Spa Hotel in Urubamba
Price Range: ₹ 9,745 - ₹ 13,949 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness 3.5*
Number of rooms: 115
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The riverside lands of an 18-century colonial hacienda have been restored into an exclusive 115-room hotel, comprising rural elegance within the hacienda and minimalist design in the modern deluxe rooms. Replete with three restaurants including a vegetarian cove, a 2500 sq meter spa & wellness centre with three hydrotherapy pools, meeting and conferences facilities, art gallery, on-site museum, orchid pyramid and movie room. ... more   less 
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