Thursday May 2nd, 2013 - 9:52AM
LIMA, PERU—Aranwa Hotels Resorts & Spas opened the $3.5 million Enchanted Resort & Spa in the Colca Valley.
The property offers 41 guestrooms with views of the Andes Mountains and features solar-powered heat and hot water, lush gardens that serve as a habitat for hummingbirds, two waterfalls—one of which is accessible for guests to enjoy an al fresco shower—as well as a lake.
A small, organic farm provides the kitchen with fresh quinoa, beans, corn and more. As a nod to its colonial plantation past, a water-powered grain mill that greets guests at the resort’s entrance has been restored and is still used to grind grain and make flour for the kitchen.
“We are thrilled to introduce a new level of quality and service to the Colca canyon, one of the most tranquil destinations in Peru,” said Gabriel Alavarez, deputy general manager of Aranwa Hotels Resorts & Spas.
“The resort’s location offers spectacular mountain and river views and, with a low profile design, guests will feel as though they are staying in a Peruvian village.”
Thought to be the world’s deepest canyon at twice the depth of the Grand Canyon, portions of the Colca Canyon are habitable, with pre-Colombian terraced fields still supporting agriculture and human life today.