A great escape: South American luxury with Belmond Peru

Words by
Charlotte McManus

28th June 2018

In need of ideas for your next big trip? Look no further than Belmond Hotel Monasterio and Belmond Las Casitas for travel inspiration

With its rich cultural heritage, breath-taking scenery and plenty of scope for adventure, Peru is an increasingly popular destination for today’s HNW traveller. No longer the sole domain of backpackers, the South American country is now a popular luxury destination with a range of top-notch hotels and resorts – such as iconic travel curator and connoisseur Belmond. Their Peru collection includes two standout properties; Belmond Hotel Monasterio and Belmond Las Casitas.

Belmond Las Casitas
View from Belmond Las Casitas

A serene retreat in the Andes, Belmond Las Casitas is nestled by the stunning Colca Canyon. As the name suggests, casitas (aka ‘small houses’) replace conventional rooms, offering privacy and seclusion while allowing guests to take in the beautiful natural surroundings. Indulgence is found at the Spa Samay – be sure to try the Altitude massage or Turu Mud body Masque – or a simple soak in a private heated plunge pool, aided by a bath Butler. More intrepid types can set out on a trek mounted on a Peruvian Paso horse, take a tour of the Condor Cross viewpoint to spot Andean condors, or explore nearby towns by bike.

Belmond Las Casitas
'Small houses' replace conventional rooms at the Belmond Las Casitas

Over in the south-eastern city of Cusco, moments from Plaza de Armas, Belmond Hotel Monasterio combines traditional charm with a contemporary appeal. Housed in a historic monastery – also a protected national monument – the hotel contains 122 rooms and suites, a beautiful courtyard to relax in, and an unparalleled collection of 18th century colonial religious art.

Belmond Hotel Monasterio Courtyard
The courtyard at Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Having worked alongside the local Ccoñamuro community since 2010, Belmond Hotel Monasterio also offers once-in-a-lifetime experimental tourist experiences for guests, allowing them to explore the native district for themselves, learn its history and get a rare glimpse into the Ccoñamuro’s traditional lives. This special visit (which runs from April-December) includes transfers from the hotel, along with a tour of Baroque churches and sites of interest along the way, as illustrated by a dedicated guide. Once at the Ccoñamuro settlement, Belmond guests can take part in various activities relating to agriculture and textiles, before tucking into a delicious meal prepared in true Peruvian style.

Belmond Hotel Monasterio
Restaurant at the Hotel Monasterio

For more details about Belmond and its Peruvian destinations and experiences, visit belmond.com.