Hotel Sol y Luna
What it is
A sustainably minded yet pampering 43-casita hideaway in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
What it isn't
Urban. In the upper reaches of the Andes Mountains, some of the nearest villages are actually pre-Colombian ruins. (But don’t worry: there’s WiFi).
What we think
In such a remote locale, many people mistakenly think they’ll have to rough it a bit. Au contraire. This is one of the few properties on earth that has earned the ultra-luxe and ultra-coveted Relais & Chateaux membership, and it shows. Each individual casita is stocked with a marble-lined bathroom, Peruvian pima cotton linens, and exposed beam ceilings, carved furniture and terra cotta tile roofs that remind you that you are, in fact, in the Andes. It’s the ideal retreat after a long day of sampling their seemingly unending activities list, which includes riding Paso horses through the Sacred Valley, kayaking Huaypo Lake, biking to the glacier of Chicon, and even half-day tandem paragliding flights with Franz, the co-owner of Sol y Luna. In other words, anything but vacay as usual. Blessedly, there is a pool back at the ranch, which is a magical thing to return to after a day in the saddle.
You're here because
You’re as ethical as they come, and love that the hotel’s owners, Franz and Marie Helene Miribel, not only founded a school for 185 children in the poverty stricken Sacred Valley, but their own kids—Thomas and Melanie—attend it. If that’s not proof of a first-rate program, we don’t know what is.
Walking into the rounded purple walls of Killa Wasi, one of the hotel’s two restaurants, you feel instantly at peace. Maybe it’s the fireplace flickering, casting its warm glow across everyone in the room. Or maybe it’s the food itself, all created from local fare: the trout cured in wild anise lemon vinaigrette; the grilled banana ceviche with alpaca ham. You’ve never tasted it before, and yet it’s as familiar as your own childhood table.
Restaurants & Bars
Killa Wasi - Contemporary interpretations of Sacred Valley’s rustic culinary traditions and refined Cusqueña cuisine.
Wayra Ranch - Relaxed day into evening eatery was built for three simple purposes: to eat, to drink and to love.
About an hour and a half drive northeast of Peru, just outside the teensy hamlet of Urubamba, in the Sacred Valley, at 9,186 feet above sea level.