The luxury travel scene in Peru has taken a major upswing in the past decade and the selection of luxury hotels and resorts keeps getting better each year. Peru is one of the best-equipped countries in South America for upscale travelers, with an ever-increasing number of true five-star hotels that really deliver. When the Orient-Express (now Belmond) company took over the train system in Peru and opened up its luxury train lines, this coincided with new hotel developments in Lima, Machu Picchu, Cusco, and the Sacred Valley. With one of the world's top upscale hotel chains moving in, competitors soon needed to make major improvements or get left behind. So they did.
Now discerning luxury travelers can find some of the best accommodation choices in South America in Peru and in several areas there are multiple great places to stay competing for your business. You can find stylish boutique hotels and resorts fit for a honeymoon or destination wedding. There are also multiple luxury tour companies and adventure holiday operators running well-organized, high-service tours on set schedules or on a custom basis, with great lodges to spend the night in comfort.
Most of this development is still mainly limited to the main tourist stops on a well-worn path, but several new projects in less-visited areas are encouraging. In the past five years new and notable luxe hotels have opened in the Colca Canyon, Puno, and Paracas, plus the options keep getting better in the Sacred Valley. As soon as other noteworthy upscale hotels open up, we'll be there to get a first-hand look at how they rate.
Amazon Jungle Region
Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica — Tambopata
Casitas del Colca — Colca Canyon
B Arts Boutique Hotel — Barranco
Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores — Miraflores
Country Club Lima Hotel — San Isidro
JW Marriott Hotel & Stellaris Casino — Miraflores
Miraflores Park Hotel — Miraflores
Swissôtel Lima — San Isidro
Westin Lima Hotel — San Isidro
Machu Picchu Region
Aranwa Resort & Spa — Urubamba
Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba — Urubamba
Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa — Urubamba
Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay — Yucay
Tambo del Inka — Urubamba