- Contemporary, hacienda-style hotel
- Scenic mountainside location
- Eco-friendly & committed to local culture
- Hikes, farm visits, twilight excursions, birding
Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba is a stylish and contemporary lodge fashioned after a Spanish-era hacienda. It’s the newest addition to Inkaterra’s already impressive portfolio of eco-friendly Peruvian properties. Set high in the Peruvian Andes, the lodge is perched on a mountainside overlooking the verdant floor of the Sacred Valley, a vast area home to an abundance of Inca ruins, traditional villages and rugged mountain landscapes. Windows here are especially large and wide so as to enable guests to make the most of the spectacular views of the surrounding area.
There are a total of 36 rooms, all with plenty of space and creature comforts. Of the accommodation options, 12 are rooms and suites, while the remaining 24 are ‘casitas’, detached mini-houses that afford guests an extra level of peace and privacy. All types of accommodation come with a private terrace and are decorated with a selection of custom-made furniture and locally produced textiles. Exposed wooden ceiling beams, fireplaces and hand-woven blankets give the rooms a rustic and authentic feel. Rooms and communal spaces are themed in tribute to the local culture and heritage; all sorts of fittings and furnishings such as conquistador armour, handcrafted pieces of woodwork, Inca masks and fabrics that were made over 1,000 years ago are dotted around the property.
The lodge’s vast grounds cover some 100 acres, filled with all sorts of plants and vegetation. Guests are encouraged to pick their own produce at the lodge’s organic farm which chefs will then happily prepare for the evening meals. These vegetables, herbs, potatoes and other foods are grown in a very traditional way, with farmers using oxen and hand tools, eschewing more modern methods of cultivation. Buffet breakfast is served daily, with lunch and dinner featuring a selection of more localised dishes inspired by the area’s rich culinary traditions and history.
The many activities on offer comprise group visits to an ecological farm, hiking along one of the valley’s many trails, and birdwatching expeditions. A number of alternative excursions are also available for an extra fee. Of course, guests are free to explore the area’s wealth of attractions in their own time as well.
While the lodge does welcome children, it doesn’t provide any amenities or services specifically for youngsters. To this end, the property might be best suited to families with older children with a love of nature and who are keen and able to participate in hikes and excursions.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019