Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness

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Average rate: $146 - Hotel class: 5 stars
Antigua Hacienda Yaravilca, Urubamba, Peru

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Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness in Huayllabamba Apr 17, 2014
While touring in the Sacred Valley, we visited towns both small and large. We flew from Lima into Cusco but would not return to Cusco until 5 nights later.

An hour from the town of Cusco along Rt. 28B we came to the small town of Huayllabamba where we would spend 4 nights at the Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness. Just off the main road we crossed a bridge over the Vilcanota River, and promptly took a left turn which took us on a long and dusty road bordered by agricultural fields on one side and the the river on the other. At the end of this long dirt road it was surprising to find a stone wall punctuated by huge, wooden doors --- the real surprise was the beauty that lay beyond them.

The Setting ~

The Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel and Wellness was born out of the seventeenth-century "Yaravilca" colonial hacienda and now there is the addition of many other buildings including an exquisite chapel. With extensively landscaped grounds planted with many varieties of trees, plants, vibrant flowers and succulents, and rock, the view on to the property is magnificent. The newer buildings were rather modern but there were those of Spanish or Inca-style design, and these were connected with pathways and bridges spanning a rivulet, ponds, and close-cropped hillocks --- all this and with the Andes mountains in the background --- it made for the most beautiful and peaceful setting imaginable. If that weren't enough, every morning a few alpacas could be found wandering the grounds while busily shearing the grassy areas to the perfect height! We often were awoken by the high-pitched calls of the resident peacocks but it didn't bother us. Not until almost the end of our stay did we realize that there were several resident parrots on the grounds as well.

Probably the most unique and beautiful building within the confines of the Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel was the elaborate, Spanish-style chapel (St. Peter and St. Paul). Though it appears to be a more recently built chapel, the style certainly lends an ancient feel. It was positioned on its own little island in the middle of a pond. It was especially beautiful at night when bathed in a warm light both inside and out.

There is a lovely pool with lounge chairs and just steps from the bar. This is a relaxing place great for enjoying the sun and setting with the surrounding mountains in view. Several people on our tour took advantage of services at the Unno Spa: they have some exotic treatments which the hotel's website describes: "The treatments have been specially designed to provide life-changing experience. They combine the ancestral knowledge of the Valley and alternative medicine with the latest medical technology, as well as the use of essential oils from native plants like coca, muña, camu camu, aguaymanto, corn and quinoa. In addition, for most skin treatments, Pevonia products are used, which are 100% biodegradable."

There are at least two restaurants and a bar for those who wish to stay on property rather than venture farther afield for dinner.

In the evenings, the hotel's cinema with movies each evening is one good option for entertainment.

The Room ~

Our hotel room, number 272, overlooking gardens and cinema, was in a modern two-story building a little walking distance from the lobby, restaurants, and bar. Our large room with balcony was decorated in a modern, minimalist style in a soothing shade of green. The living area contained 2 queen beds complete with Peruvian textile runners, night stands, a desk, TV, 2 chairs, and a little table topped with a vase of fresh flowers. The bathroom was very modern with double sinks, shower and bath tub, toilet room, heated towel rack and was stocked with fluffy towels and lots of good toiletries.

Other rooms furnished with a Spanish Colonial decor are housed in what was originally the main building on the Yaravilca estate. I did not have the opportunity to see these except online and they are quite lovely.

The Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel far exceeded my every expectation. Not only are the grounds and hotel more beautiful than I could have imagined, but the staff was simply amazing.
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starship1 says:
Steven, I don't know the price because we were with a tour group. However, I see TravBuddy has added price info. just below the title of this review and it is saying that the average rate is $147 per night. Hope you were able to see all the photos I added.
Posted on: Feb 18, 2017
docdotcalm24vt says:
What a lovely place and a great review. Do you recall how much it cost for one night?
Posted on: Feb 18, 2017
loripori says:
Sounds like a lovely place to stay.Greetings from Torremolinos. OLE!
Posted on: Jan 31, 2017
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Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness Overview

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. This description is based on information provided by the hotel.

Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Room Service
  • High-speed Internet
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Disabled Access
  • Wheel Chair Access
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Spa & Wellness Centre
  • Free Parking

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