Bounty of new properties currently in development in Peru

From luxury hotels in the Colca Valley and Cusco, to boutique hotels in the Sacred Valley, there are a number of exciting new properties in development in Peru in 2012.  These properties, coupled with the unique activities and experiences on offer in Peru, make it the perfect destination for discerning Australian travellers to discover. 

Acclaimed chef Gaston Acurio to open boutique hotel in Sacred Valley

World-renowned chef Gaston Acurio is set to open Hotel NATIVA, a luxury boutique hotel in the Sacred Valley, in late 2012. Gaston is also re-opening his famed flagship restaurant Astrid and Gaston, in Casa Moreyra, a colonial hacienda in Lima.

The new Astrid and Gaston, which Acurio describes as "the most inclusive restaurant, in the most exclusive corner," will also serve as a cultural centre, and host round tables and cooking classes. These projects are just a part of Acurio's plans to open further hotels and restaurants in Latin America. 

Aranwa Colca Hotel

The newest property by Aranwa Hotels Resorts & Spas is being built in the Colca Valley, near Arequipa. This riverside resort spa is sheduled to open in April 2013 and will have 32 suites and seven bungalows, all with a terrace or balcony and floor heating. The resort will have a spa, restaurant, chapel, cultural area and will allow guests to enjoy a relaxing experience while getting in touch with the natural beauty of Peru.

Aranwa is also opening three news properties across Peru in 2013/2014:

March 2013 -  Aranwa Colca Hotel Resort and Spa

December 2013 / January 2014 - Aranwa Arequipa Hotel Resort & Spa

By end 2014- Aranwa Paracas Hotel Resort & Spa

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New Luxury Hotel in Cusco has it all – including a museum

The Marriott hotel group is set to open its second property in Peru in July 2012. The JW Marriott Hotel Cusco is being built around a colonial church and ancient Inca artefacts found on the site.

Located in the heart of Cusco's historical district, the hotel will include a museum of prominent artefacts, many of which will be preserved in-situ. The hotel will feature 153 luxury rooms and suites equipped with luxurious bedding and sumptuous bathrooms, soaking tub and separate shower, as well as the latest in in-room technology. Each room will also have an in-room supplemental oxygen system to relieve altitude sickness as the property is located 11,200 feet above sea level. The hotel will also help guests adjust to the altitude in spa treatment rooms with bespoke treatments.

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Orient-Express to open hotel in historic former convent

The new Orient-Express hotel, the Palacio Nazarenas, located in Cusco is set to open in June 2012. The historic former convent will be transformed into a 55-suite hotel with fireplaces and views towards the hillside Inca site of Sacsayhuamán or Cusco's cathedral in the Plaza del Armas.

Guests will have access to an iPad pre-loaded with Cusco city guides and restaurant suggestions, as well as Cusco's first outdoor heated infinity edge swimming pool. Chica Suites at Palacio Nazarenas will be priced from US$679 per night and will include a la carte breakfast, oxygenated room and personal butler service.

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San Augustin Hoteles

San Agustin Hoteles has three new properties in the process of construction. Firstly the 50 room San Augustin Colca, located in the Colca Valley near Arequipa, is in the process of being built and is expected to be opened this year. The San Augustin Paracas Resort, located 300km south of Lima on the coast, is also set to open in 2012. The construction of a new 80 room Cusco hotel, San Augustin Plaza Hotel, will commence in 2012, and will open in the first quarter of 2013.

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PromPeru's coordinator for the Asia Pacific, Rosana Guinea, believes the openings of these new properties, in partnership with the unique experiences on offer in Peru, demonstrate the growing popularity of Peru as a tourist destination.

"2012 and 2013 will mark the opening of a number of luxurious and unique properties throughout Peru, which will appeal to a broad cross-section of travellers. Furthermore, six Peruvian cities were recently nominated for the New 7 Wonders Cities Campaign, and Peru was recently selected as the finish point for the South American Dakar Rally 2012."

"Each of these developments is testament to the growing popularity of Peru as a must-visit destination for travellers. We are confident this interest in Peru, and the subsequent development of more new products, tours and properties, will only continue to grow throughout 2012 and beyond," remarks Ms Guinea.

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