The Belmond brand has become synonymous for its charming old-world approach to luxury travel, so it was a little bit of a surprise to encounter this uncharacteristically modern property, which is much more like a big-name luxury brand in the heart of Lima’s fashionable, upmarket, international Miraflores neighbourhood. But just by stepping through its doors, we Belmond-lovers soon realised where we were. The pisco sour we received as a welcome drink was a dead giveaway, as were the elegance and sophistication of the lobby. The hotel’s urban-resort vibe was a welcome change to our few days exploring deepest darkest Peru.
Up on the roof, we enjoyed the glass-enclosed pool and restaurant with views over the city, but on most mornings we opted to breakfast in the private Club lounge, which provided a dramatic vista of the Pacific Ocean. We also dined downstairs, sitting outside on the chic ‘be seen’ restaurant on the ground floor and enjoyed people watching the locals as they lilted between quick- re Spanish and perfect American. The whole thing was a little bit of South Beach, but in downtown Lima.
From our large, lavish, cream-coloured suite, we watched paragliders fly past our floor-to-ceiling windows, with the tempestuous sea as a backdrop. Our enormous bathroom had a large, marble soaking bathtub and came complete with a bath butler who catered to our every soaking whim, providing hand-selected soaps, bath oils, salts and scented candles to set the mood.