Explora — Sacred Valley, Peru
Best-known for properties with magnificent settings and outdoor activities, intrepid Chilean travel company Explora has chosen a remote spot in Peru’s Sacred Valley for its newest hotel.
Set on a former corn plantation halfway between the ancient city of Cusco and the mysterious Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, the property is tucked into a fertile valley, cradled by the Andes Mountains.
Santiago-based architect José Cruz Ovalle has taken his cues from the surrounding environment, using local stone, wood and adobe to create a dramatic, angular strip that seamlessly blends into its surroundings, while a mostly timber interior creates a warming base for the neutral furnishings and hand woven woollen blankets that add texture to the 50 view-facing rooms. Less of a hotel and more of a luxe base camp, a series of explorations are on offer from visits to deserted Inca ruins or hikes up glacier-topped peaks.
After a day of high-altitude activity, guests can indulge in chef Camila Noya’s warming quinoa soup or hearty llama steak, and come next year, Casa de Baños Pumacahua, a restored colonial house from the 17th century, will be the place for a well-earned massage or a dip in the outdoor heated pool.