The name, Sol y Luna evokes a connection with the stars, sun and moon which in turn reminds us of the Incan connection with the heavens. The Incas believed that the Sacred Valley was a reflection of the Milky Way and with warmer climes, lush vegetation and flowers; the Sacred Valley was literally heaven on earth.
The 2013 Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice Awards placed the Sol y Luna Hotel at Number 1 Hotel in South America, – and it was included in the list of top 25 hotels in the world – no mean feat!
And yet, despite being located in ‘Heaven on Earth’ and such a prestigious accolade, these rammed earth, rustic bungalows, set in abundant, beautiful gardens are natural and not in any way overconfident or boastful. They fit in with their surrounds, and are in harmony with the earth.
On the day of our visit, it rained and we ran from Casita (little house) to Casita, enjoying the space, winding paths and flowers. Each room has its own unique touch, decorated in a simple, yet elegant manner and you can imagine enjoying the space with your family.
The decoration in common areas (reception, library etc.) has been done by a Limeno artist…. and is very memorable, quirky and fun! Contemporary pieces are found throughout the property, including in the restaurants and guest rooms. This really adds to the atmosphere of the site and sets this hotel apart from the other hotels in this price range in the Sacred Valley which belong to chains and are a little less personalised.
Their spa is housed in a stunning building, surrounded by extensive stained glass walls, and named Yacu Wasi – “the house of water”. It is a space that seems made for a peaceful, pure restoration, but possibly also an understated indulgence!
Having grown organically since being first built in 1996, the Hotel Sol y Luna now offers a series of different standards of room, all of them bungalow style. The Casitas are very nice, well decorated but a little older and simpler. The Deluxe Casitas are very large, luxurious and decorated with attention to detail – they are clearly Peruvian, yet with modern amenities to complement.
The property has two restaurants, both known for their great meals and high quality cuisine.
And perhaps if we haven’t provided enough superlatives about this great experience, there is the fact that Sol Y Luna has a foundation that supports children’s education in the Sacred Valley. This belief that tourism needs to give something back mirror’s Majestic Peru’s own beliefs. Sol y Luna’s Association now supports not just local schools, but provide Vocational training and other initiatives that support a stronger local economy.
Sol y Luna is much more than a hotel – it is an experience.