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Sol Y Luna

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Luxury base in stunning Sacred Valley
- 43 charming stone 'casitas' with views
- Spa, pool, gym, biking, kayaking, riding
- Horse shows, pottery workshops

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Overview

Sol Y Luna is an upmarket, characterful hotel located near Urubamba in a prime spot for exploring the historic sights and natural wonders of Peru’s Sacred Valley. It’s a delightful home-from-home set within a lush oasis of gardens teeming with all sorts of native flora and fauna; thanks to its mountain setting, guests can enjoy captivating views of the towering Andes Mountains and the rich valleys below. This unique hotel belongs to Relais & Châteaux, an international chain of individually operated luxury restaurants and hotels offering high-end facilities and the finest of dining experiences.

There are three grades of accommodation; Superior, Deluxe and Premium. All three of these are designed to complement the hotel’s stunning natural surroundings, while at the same time offering plenty of space and a high level of comfort for guests. There are 43 ‘casitas’ - these are boutique-style houses fashioned from local stone offering views of both the hotel’s well tended gardens and the captivating Andes Mountains. Each 'casita' has a private terrace with a generous amount of space, complimentary toiletries, high-quality bedding and bathrobes. Local artworks feature prominently in the 'casitas' and throughout the hotel, lending the property an authentic feel.

The spectacular Sacred Valley is an area of stunning natural beauty, with rugged mountain landscapes and deep valleys. Scattered throughout are a series of well preserved Inca ruins, including the world famous Machu Picchu. There’s also a smattering of settlements, whose residents practise all manner of local traditions and customs. Guests at Sol Y Luna can choose from a broad menu of adventurous activities including kayaking, mountain biking, horseback riding and tandem flights. Horse shows and pottery workshops are also available. On site there’s a swimming pool and a full-service spa offering an array of indulgent treatments, along with a fully equipped gym. Killa Was and Wayra are the two main dining venues, each offering dishes inspired by the area’s rich culinary history, with all ingredients locally grown.

Sol Y Luna welcomes children, though there aren’t any facilities or services tailored specifically to youngsters. Some of the 'casitas' are more suitable for families travelling with younger ones than others so do check when you enquire.

Since 2009, the hotel’s income has helped support the Sol Y Luna Intercultural School, attended by some 200 local Sacred Valley children. The owners of the hotel established this school to provide children living in the area with access to good quality education.

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    MissingLaura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018

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    Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:

    Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.

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    The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.

    We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.

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    The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.

    MissingGwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
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    MissingWilliam K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

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