The prestigious luxury and lifestyle travel magazine Condé Nast (CN) Traveler announced the results of its annual 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards. Peru and many Peruvian brands scored extremely well.
Condé Nast Traveler readers ranked their favorite countries around the world putting Peru on position 6 on the list of the Top 20 Countries in the World 2019. Additionally, Peru finds itself as well on the list of the 40 Most Beautiful Countries in the World 2019. What a success. Congratulations!
Furthermore, CN Traveler as well asked its readers to rate their top hotels and resorts in South America, where service, style, good eats, and sublime views make for a memorable stay. An impressive 12 Peruvian hotels made it on the list of the Top 30 Hotels in South America 2019 - including the Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel which was named the number 1 hotel in South America - and an additional 4 resorts are ranked on the list of the Top 20 Resorts in South America 2019.
Top 30 Hotels in South America - Readers' Choice Awards 2019
Here, how CN Traveler readers ranked Peruvian hotels on the list of the Top 30 Hotels in South America.
On position 1 - Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel (San Juan de Dios, Cusco)
Condé Nast Traveler Review: “Tradition wins out in this 16th-century colonial-style mansion just two blocks from the Plaza de Armas, Cusco’s main square. Full of colonial sculpture and artwork, along with period antiques, gilded headboards, and crystal chandeliers, the hotel feels like a historical movie set—only updated with modern amenities like heated floors in the bathrooms and an oxygen system to prevent altitude sickness. From the coca tea you sip on arrival to the traditional Andean fare at Mishti Mestizo Restaurant—corn soup, shrimp in organic quinoa, alpaca loin with Peruvian tubers—and the pisco sour nightcapper at Khasikay Bar, you’ll feel thoroughly seduced by the flavors of this unique Incan city.”
On position 2 - Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness (Antigua Hacienda Yaravilca, Sacred Valley)
Condé Nast Traveler Review: “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-fifteen spacious rooms are sprinkled about the property in the carefully restored 18th-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. 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 gourmet restaurant Pukawi are grown right in the resort’s hummingbird-filled gardens.”
On position 5- Country Club Lima Hotel (Calle Los Eucaliptos 590, San Isidro, Lima)
Condé Nast Traveler Review: “Built in 1927, the Country Club Lima Hotel has long been the go-to stay for visiting heads of state. From its historic architecture, to the collected antiques and artwork housed throughout, the entire estate oozes sophistication with an elevated country club aesthetic. Its 83 rooms have been updated so that their traditional, colonial style—dark mahogany furniture, high ceilings, and ornate headboards—is complimented by modern amenities, like a whirlpool bathtub in some rooms, and designer toiletries. Plus, the property, which is located in the upscale business district of San Isidro, has a full-service spa, a small plunge pool, gym, 24-hour business center, and a lobby bar that serves what some say are the best pisco sours in the city.”
On position 9 - Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel (Mz 1, Lt 3, Avenida Hermanos Ayar, Aguas Calientes)
Condé Nast Traveler Review: “Aguas Calientes, the laid-back launching point to Machu Picchu was ripe for a five-star hotel, and Sumaq happily exceeds expectations with 62 large wood-beamed suites, sophisticated décor, service and knockout culinary, including the obligatory Pisco Sour. Built to echo the Andean cross, the property is also deeply imbued in the culture and mystique of the area – to that end, Shamans are on call for private tours.”
On position 12 – Inktaterra La Casona (Plazoleta Nazarenas 211, Cusco)
Condé Nast Traveler Review: “Cuzco’s architectural heritage of Incan stone walls topped with colonial white stucco is echoed in this 16th-century building on a square steps from the main plaza. With just 11 suites, La Casona has the intimacy of a private home, with a grassy courtyard encircled by rooms on two levels, though the building’s colonial charms come with smart modern touches such as iPods and iPod speakers. Inside, a grassy courtyard is surrounded by rooms on two levels. Owners Denise and Joe Koechlin have fussed over every antique- and craft-strewn square foot of the place, and exquisite pillars, retablos, and benches have been sourced from all over Peru, including Pre-Colombian textiles and murals. The excellent restaurant—don’t leave without trying the quinoa pancakes—delivers a generous helping of Andean hospitality.”
On position 18 – Belmond Hotel Monasterio (Monasterio Cusco, Palacios 136, Cusco)
On position 20 – JW Marriott El Convento Cusco (Esquina de la Calle Ruinas 432, Cusco)
On position 23 – JW Marriott Hotel Lima (Malecón de la Reserva 615, Miraflores, Lima)
On position 24 – Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (Aguas Calientes)
On position 25 – Titilaka (Lake Titikaka)
On position 27 – Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel (Piazoleta Santo Domingo 259, Cusco)
On position 30 – Belmond Sanctuary Lodge (Machu Picchu)
Top 20 Resorts in South America - Readers' Choice Awards 2019
Here how CN Traveler readers ranked Peruvian resorts on the list of the Top 20 Resorts in South America
On position 5 – Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa (Avenida Ferrocarril, Urubamba, Sacred Valley)
Condé Nast Traveler Review: “The second Luxury Collection property from Peruvian chain Libertador sets the bar high in the Sacred Valley. The 128-room trapezoidal property, smack in the center of town, beautifully fits the topography: Accommodations face either the Urubamba River or the cordillera and the Chicón glacier. Designer Roberto Caparra’s imaginative interiors weave ancient motifs into the contemporary decor: towering fireplaces sculpted out of Inca-style stone walls, pre-Incan textile design reimagined as wallpaper, and oversized regional pottery. Soak in the 19,375-square-foot spa, try an original pisco-based cocktail in the bar, or dine on lamb loin crusted with aji amarillo and pecans over a quinoa souffle. The service is attentive—staff are everywhere and almost always know your name—and if you’re heading to Machu Picchu, there’s a railway station right on the property.”
On position 8 – Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa (Paracas)
Condé Nast Traveler Review: “Amid the ruins of the iconic Hotel Paracas that crumbled during an August 2007 earthquake, the famed Peruvian architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia designed this new 120-room resort (part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection) in the coastal desert three hours south of Lima. Two-story white bungalows whose design incorporates some $2 million of bamboo blend into the dune-filled horizon, contrasting the deep-blue waters of the Paracas National Reserve. There’s an earthy feel to the accommodations, with textiles modeled after pre-Columbian designs, wood floors, walls covered in bamboo, and patios that look out onto the Pacific. While the bay is better for windsurfing, the daybeds at the glitzy pool scenes, where roving waiters fetch a steady supply of passion fruit sours and seviche, have become the new spot for Lima’s well-to-do. The hotel makes a restful base for a slew of nearby adventures—you can do scenic flights of the Nazca desert geoglyphs in its private jet, yacht rides to spot sea lions and Humboldt penguins on the Islas Ballestas, and pisco tastings at the Viñas de Oro distillery right at the resort.”
On position 9 – Aranwa Pueblito Encantado del Colca (Chivay)
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On position 11 – Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba (Pie del Cerro Huayllawasy, Sacred Valley)
Condé Nast Traveler Review: “Many view the Sacred Valley as a quick stop en route to Machu Picchu, but since the arrival of Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, that game has changed. The lodge, on 100 rolling-green acres and with its own on-site organic farm, is more the home of a friend than a hotel, where the staff not only welcomes you with a pisco sour in front of a roaring fireplace, but take you on guided tours of the neighboring villages and down Inca Trails that are—gasp—free of tourists. (On one trip, we saw a single villager and his donkey on a three-hour hike). The details in the main lodge and suites keep with the Inkaterra mold of sustainable luxury—vintage textiles from the nearby village of Chinchero; locally made furniture; incredibly soft alpaca throws made for snuggling. But it’s the local interaction that makes this stay truly memorable. Don’t just admire the property’s organic farm; go help work it. And after you down a cocktail (or two), visit the on-site chicheria (a local bar where men go to drink chichi) to learn the chicha-making process. It all comes with an unbeatable view of the Andes. Editor's Pick: Hot List 2016”