- Historic, eco-friendly property
- Centrally located in Cusco
- Walking, horse riding, motorbike excursions
Inkaterra La Casona is an eco-friendly boutique hotel set in a manor house dating back to the 16th century. It’s a stone’s throw from the historic centre of Cusco, a large city famed for its smattering of Spanish colonial buildings and Inca ruins. When staying here, guests are very well located for exploring the many historic sights the city is home to, as well as the many preserved ruins and traditional villages scattered throughout the surrounding mountains.
All of the accommodation options at the hotel are suites and they fall under the following three categories: the Plaza Suite, the Balcon Suite and the Patio Suite. All suites are lavishly decorated and handsomely furnished, with a stone fireplace and marble bathroom providing a sense of character and style. There’s either a king sized bed or two twins, and bathrooms come with two separate wash basins, a bathtub, a shower and a separate toilet. Amenities include a flat-screen TV with cable channels and DVD player, air conditioning and a minibar. Floors are heated and corridors are lined with various colonial artworks and attractive traditional furniture. Suites offer views of either the hotel’s central courtyard or the Plaza Nazarenas, a traditional square in the heart of Cusco.
The restaurant serves three meals a day, plus afternoon tea. The food is predominantly Peruvian, with the menu showcasing a broad range of the country’s finest dishes. The drinks menu is just as extensive and diverse, with a tempting selection of both national and international cocktails and other drinks available. At the Yacu Therapy Room, there's a range of indulgent spa treatments to enjoy, from exfoliation and oxygen therapy, to reflexology and de-stress massages. The hotel offers a number of additional services including movie nights, explorer kits for children, special events and cooking classes.
While guests are of course free to explore Cusco and the Sacred Valley at their own pace, there are some organised tours available. Some of these are half-day tours, whilst others last the full day. Examples include city sightseeing walking tours, guided trips to nearby Inca ruins, scenic horse riding expeditions and motorbike excursions.
The hotel welcomes children and offers a good range of child-oriented services and amenities. There’s a nanny service available, with a number of activities available that are suitable for children.
Everything was fab, I especially loved Tuningi such a special place and my son got to see his favourite animal the cheetah (after a bit of time hunting about on foot!). Mauritius is lovely we saw quite a bit of the island in the end.
Laura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018
We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!
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.
I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.
The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.
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.
The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.
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.
Gwyneth 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.
Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!
William K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018