Belmond has enhanced its Peru portfolio with the acquisition of Belmond Las Casitas in Colca Canyon and the launch of Belmond Andean Explorer, South America’s first luxury sleeper train.
The development marks progress on the Company’s 2020 strategic growth plan.
Belmond Las Casitas, a 20-room property located in the Arequipa region of Southern Peru is set within the Andes Mountains.
Each individual casita features a private terrace with a heated plunge pool and sweeping views across the canyon. The Samay Spa, built around the canyon rock, offers treatments using natural ingredients from the hotel’s kitchen garden and views of the surrounding canyon.
The property also offers guests a chance to view the flight of the Andean condors in their natural environment.
Belmond Andean Explorer departed this month on its inaugural journey from Cusco to Arequipa on a two-night journey.
Interior designs reflect Peruvian culture, mixing vibrant colours with natural tones and large picture windows offer the ever-changing scenery.
The observation car with an outdoor terrace becomes the social hub of the train by night; a place to enjoy a Pisco sour and dance to live Latin music.
Executive Chef, Diego Muñoz, encourages guests to be adventurous with his dishes prepared using Peru’s abundant natural ingredients; from traditional corn with cheese, to alpaca tortellini and a mouthwatering creation of lime with melted chocolate and apple custard.
Stepping off the train, experiences include a private tour of the floating islands on Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable water in the world, and lunch on a private beach with views across to the glacial peaks of La Paz, Bolivia.