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 – the Miraflores Park – which is much more like a big-name luxury brand, in the heart of Lima’s fashionable, upmarket, international Miraflores neighbourhood.
All came clear when we stepped through its doors… we Belmond lovers quickly 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 of the Miraflores Park, A Belmond Hotel. The address’ 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 Spanish and perfect American English. The whole thing was a little bit of South Beach, but in downtown Lima.
From our large, lavish, cream-coloured Miraflores Park 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.
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While you’re Out There
Just outside the hotel, the Miraflores Boardwalk is perfect for a walk or run. It’s known for its impressive cliffside views and you’ll find innovative sculptures by famous Peruvian artists all along the way. It’s best at dawn or early morning when it’s peaceful and quiet and the residents of this upmarket neighbourhood are not yet awake.