The Sacred Valley is a fitting location for a honeymoon, especially after an Andean wedding. We had just had our spiritual ceremony in the Peruvian mountains and felt no better place to celebrate than in the Sacred Valley. The beautiful valley was part of the Incan empire and got its name from having some of the most fertile land in the region. It is located between Cusco and Machu Picchu and is a great stopover between the two places.
Nestled within the mountains lies Sol y Luna, a Relais & Chateau offering a Spa & Relaxation package that was too tempting for us to give up. We splurged on a premium villa with a private hot tub since we were celebrating not only our wedding, but the completion of our tough five-day trek to Machu Picchu. We also found out Sol y Luna was featured in an episode of the TV show The Bachelor as a "fantasy suite" date. Ha!
The Spa & Relaxation package included a daily 55-minute massage per person, breakfast, and a 3-course dinner at your choice of the two restaurants (excluding drinks). There is a set dinner menu when you get this package, but you can pick from the full menu and pay for any overages above a calculated meal allowance. We had no overages when picking from the full menu because we were typically too full to get dessert. The portions are huge! The administration of the after dinner bills and calculations was effortless and all taken care of very efficiently without weird rules or caveats.
When you walk into Sol y Luna, it feels like you're walking into a garden paradise. Blooming flowers and fruit trees line the paths throughout the resort. Tucked within the oasis and surrounded by the mountains are the private villas and casitas. We saw butterflies fluttering, humming birds zooming and heard bees buzzing as we walked and sat on our patio.
Style & Design: 5/5
As we walked to our villa we first saw our front outdoor seating area highlighted with a centrepiece of fresh flowers floating in a huge carved stone bowl. We walked inside and couldn't believe how massive the villa was! We walked into the foyer and saw a large bedroom to our left with a king sized bed, TV, wood-burning fireplace, garden terrace and joining door to the bathroom. The marble bathroom had a large double vanity area, bathrobes, rain shower and free standing bathtub (the #1 thing on my honeymoon wish list!).
Outside of the bathroom was our own private hot tub with views of the mountains and garden. You can also enter the living room from private hot tub area, which has a couch, desk, dining table, large TV, and another fireplace! Although the villa was modern, it incorporated many colourful and authentic Andean pieces and art which gave it a welcoming and unique appeal. The only thing we wished for was a larger couch to lie fully in.
The Small Details: 5/5
What we loved about Sol y Luna were the small details that made our stay extra special. The basic amenities in the bathroom were L'Occitane, there was a bath bomb for the tub that was replenished every day, in floor heating, and a Bose sound system for each room.
Where they hit the mark was with an unexpected and beautifully wrapped honeymoon gift that showed up in our villa. A beautiful picture book of Andean culture and a card set for any occasion with gorgeous colourful Andean designs on each. They were such tasteful gifts and we really appreciated it!
Food & Cocktails: 5/5
Every meal we had was suberb. The breakfast buffet had a lot of options and we loved sitting outside.
There are two restaurants at the hotel: Wayra and Killa Wasi. Killa Wasi is the upscale gourmet restaurant whereas Wayra is the slightly more casual restaurant. They both have delicious local Peruvian inspired cuisine.
We ate at Killa Wassi two nights, Wayra one night, and booked a private 7-course dinner in the Wayra Cellar one night. We were able to pay a supplement fee on top of our package for the Wayra cellar and highly recommend this private dining experience with wine pairing! Our knowledgable server explained each dish and their unique Peruvian flairs.
Cocktails were well made. I enjoyed drinking pisco sours at dinner time and pina coladas by the pool.
For lunch we ordered the club sandwich to our room four days in a row. Can you believe it? It was the best club house sandwich we've ever had in our lives! One day we spiced it up and accompanied our club with an ice cold bottle of Prosecco by the pool.
The setting of the spa is nice, but one of the two massage therapists was very under trained. Ari and I both had the same reaction to the massage therapist. We had that "I just want my massage to be over" feeling. There were only two staff available there during our four days, so we were stuck with the one therapist. We didn't complain since everything else at the hotel was excellent.
The amenities were excellent. We enjoyed hanging out in the pool lounge area which had big comfy couches, a pool, suntanning beds, jacuzzi, Finnish sauna and a gym. We played cards in the lounge area and always accompanied our game with a nice cocktail. The lounge area quietly played appropriate, cool and upbeat music.
If the honeymoon gift didn't say enough about the service here..
The staff was friendly and always happy to help or get us anything we needed. The manager would come say hello at dinner or breakfast to check in on our stay and you can call staff to start your fire every night or heat up your hot tub for you. We also ordered room service and there were never any errors. Dinner and breakfast service was excellent and servers were attentive.
Sol y Luna was built to support and finance an education project for local children in need. The owners eventually started their own school in 2009 that currently enrols 185 children!
If you're looking for the perfect honeymoon spot or looking to splurge and go all out, this is the spot!