Aranwa Sacred Valley
What We Love
- Being immersed in nature — you won’t hear any city noise here
- Spa treatments use regional ingredients including passion fruit, coca leaves, camu camu and Maras salt
- Multiple on-site restaurants serving dishes as refined as alpaca tenderloin or as simple as wood-fired pizza
- The fleet of golf carts and friendly staff on hand to drive you around
- Admiring the alpacas and peacocks that wander around the property
- The hotel sits at about 9,400 feet above sea level, meaning travelers are slightly less likely to experience altitude sickness here than in Cusco
What To Know
- The hotel is seven miles from Urubamba, so you’ll need a taxi to get into town
- It’s about a one-hour drive from Cusco
- Trains to Machu Picchu leave from Urubamba and Ollantaytambo, both a short ride from the hotel
- Oxygen tanks are available at the front desk
- The free WiFi is generally good, though it can be spotty at times
- Smoking and nonsmoking rooms are available
- Don’t miss the photography exhibit dedicated to famed Cusco-born photographer Martin Chambi
- Members will be charged a 18% IVA tax by the property upon check-in that is exempt to foreigners of Peru. To avoid this fee, be sure to provide documentation at the time of check-in
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Located in Urubamba, Aranwa Sacred Valley is on a river and within the vicinity of Estadio de Urubamba and Plaza de Armas. This spa hotel is within the vicinity of Iglesia de Urubamba and Santuario del Senor de Torrechayoc.
Make yourself at home in one of the 115 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and LCD televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Bathrooms have jetted bathtubs and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and irons/ironing boards.
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages and facials. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, shopping on site, and tour/ticket assistance.
Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Aranwa Sacred Valley. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary buffet breakfast is included.
Featured amenities include a business center, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a library. This hotel has 4 meeting rooms available for events. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available on request), and free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
My wife and I have spent two nights here this week out of our months trip in South America. The hotel grounds are beautifully kept along with alpacas, peacocks and parrots within the grounds! The staff are very friendly. The Spa is fantastic; all hotel guests have to pay to use the indoor jacuzzi’s and steam rooms, but this does ensure it won’t be overcrowded. They had a promotion on of two for one at $60 for an hours use. There is an outdoor jacuzzi and pool (very cold) that can be used for free.
The reasons for the three star rating:
The rooms are rather dated in their decor. The air-con is also ineffective. No ventilation in the bathroom, making it smell of damp.
An hour after checking in, we came back to our room to find hundreds of flies crawling on the walls and our bed. All windows and doors had been kept shut, so couldn’t understand how they came in. It appears that all the windows and balcony doors within the hotel are very poorly designed and have gaps. We were informed that for three months of the year, there is a big fly problem. A very nice maintenance man came to the room and sealed the doors and windows with masking tape...I helped due to my height and noticed this must be a regular problem, as we had to remove some old masking tape on one of the windows. I’m surprised such a lovely hotel hasn’t permanently tackled this basic issue yet. To be fair, when we returned from dinner, they brought raid plug-ins and had very effectively removed all of the flies.
The amount of time it took for someone to take our order in the restaurant was very long. They brought the wrong order to the table initially. The food was good when it arrived and huge portions. We ate in the bar on the first night and had no such problems.
Overall a beautiful hotel, but some fairly basic problems that you wouldn’t expect in a five star hotel.
My friend I spent two nights at this beautiful oasis in the Sacred Valley. The grounds are so exquisite and the staff was so helpful and accommodating. The buffet breakfast was everything you’d ever want. And we had several meals in the restaurant that were delicious. Especially if the maki rolls.
And I can’t say enough about the spa. I had a salt scrub and their signature UNNO massage and was absolutely blown away. It was the best treatment I’ve ever received anywhere. The Aranwa is definitely a bit out-of-the-way, but so worth it!
A very nice quiet hotel set apart from the hustle and bustle; along side the River. Rooms are very nice, bar offers food service which is more casual and with lighter options than the dining room. One can walk the property; watch a movie each evening in the theater house ( wow, even popcorn), and rest up for the next days adventures. I believe this is four star hotel.
This was a restful and pretty place. Friendly staff. The grounds are beautiful, even if the ponds were drained for our visit. The colonial room was unique and the resort has a chapel, complete with bell tower. There were llamas on the grounds, parrots and peacocks. Food was ok. Compared to JWMarriott resorts, you definitely knew you were in a foreign country but you felt at ease.
Based on our 4-night stay:
This hotel/resort was surprisingly enjoyable. The place is immaculate, well maintained and absolutely clean. It has all amenities expected of an upscale facility with specious lounging area, restaurants and breakfast (included with rent) facilities. The service and reception personnel were ver friendly and helpful. This definitely is a good place to stay in Sacred Valley. I’m glad we decided to stop here on our way to Machu Picchu from Cusco, Peru.
The only drawback is that it is located right on the Urubamba River, a little far away ($10 taxi ride) from the Urubamba downtown, the population center.
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