Arrive into the capital of
Peru, Lima, and settle into Belmond Miraflores Park in the leafy and affluent
Miraflores district. Spend the rest of your day relaxing at the hotel, with its
lovely rooftop swimming pool, and Zest Spa, where you will soon feel refreshed
after your flight. If you prefer, explore the city a little or wait until the
following day and discover Lima with a Guide on the ‘Into The Past’ excursion
where you will discover some of the city’s secrets and landmarks. Founded in
1535 by a Spanish conquistador, the city comprises an eclectic mix of Colonial
architecture and modern buildings. Visitors should certainly explore the
historic centre, cathedral and Government Palace. One of the most notable
fascinating sites is the UNESCO World Heritage-listed colonial church and
convent of La Iglesia de San Francisco, in the historic heart of Lima. Within
its catacombs are the skeletons of over 25,000 Lima people, believed to have
been buried here between the 16th and 19th century, while underground vaults
and an ancient library, stocked with beautifully rustic and oversized books,
antique texts and mysterious spiral staircases, can also be explored.
spectrum of culinary fragrances and flavours can be discovered via the
colourful markets, as well as a plethora of restaurants and vibrant Penas (folk
and Creole-style bars), where local cocktails, including sweet Pisco Sours, can
be sampled for an authentic taste of Lima living. Why not grab a ceviche (made
from fresh, white fish and cooked in lime juice), which is a national delicacy?
Belmond’s ‘Lima With Zest’ excursion explores the destination through a
hands-on experience that gets everyone involved, from searching for a variety
of local and seasonal ingredients from vendors at a local market, to the
preparation and cooking of local cuisine that is based on ancient traditions
and long-established culinary styles. All cooking is done overlooking the
Pacific in Chef, Penelope Alzamora’s apartment in the Barranco District that is
known for its bohemian character with colourful homes, a contemporary art
museum, restaurants and lively bars. In the evening, why not venture to the
Circuito Magico del Agua, ‘The Magic Water Circuit’ comprising interactive
water features, including illuminated water fountains, multi-coloured water
displays and a fusion of music, art and fantasy.
Depending on what time of year you visit, Lima will either greet you with a dense curtain of mist or bask you in glorious rays of sunlight. Visit between the months of December and April and you can expect blue skies and radiant sunshine whereas between May and October, prepare for a low, albeit majestic grey fog. Being the capital of Peru, Lima is large, gritty and densely populated with both people and infrastructure.
Modern high rises inevitably shadow the city’s colonial architecture and pre-Hispanic heritage, although they do exist and historic Peruvian sites still prevail. Visit the colonial church of La Iglesia de San Francisco and discover the skeletons of over 25,000 Lima people in its catacombs, believed to have been buried between the 16th and 19th century. Explore underground vaults and an ancient library stocked with beautifully rustic and over-sized books, antique texts and mysterious spiral staircases. Return to the modern-day and venture to Circuito Magico del Agua - an open area comprising various interactive water features including illuminated water fountains, multi-coloured water displays and a fusion of music, art and fantasy. Best visited at night, combine this with traditional Ceviche at one of Lima’s many dining establishments. Made from fresh, white fish and cooked in lime juice, this national delicacy is one of many regional dishes putting Peru at the top of the international food charts; Peru even gained the title of Gastronomy Capital of the Americas in 2006. Complete your visit to Lima with bike tours and excursions to local markets followed by sweet Pisco Sours in vibrant Penas (folk and Creole-style bars) for an authentic taste of Lima living.
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed colonial church and convent in the historic heart of the capital, Lima.
Belmond Miraflores Park
Belmond Miraflores Park is a contemporary-style hotel set in Miraflore - a fashionable, leafy district of Lima - and is just moments away from the city's Colonial architecture, museums, galleries, upscale shopping opportunities and glamorous restaurants and bars. Boasting an enviable cliffside location, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and a park, the hotel’s Junior, Deluxe Junior and Presidential Pool Suites have recently been elegantly refurbished and all boast bay or floor-to-ceiling windows and luxurious marble bathrooms - some even have their own private terraces. Ascend to the eleventh floor at the top of the hotel for a spectacular heated rooftop swimming pool (with pool service in the summer), fitness facilities and classes in the gym and pampering massages and treatments at Zest Spa – do make sure you also arrive there as dawn breaks for a sumptuous buffet breakfast and jaw-dropping sunrises at The Observatory Restaurant. For the ultimate treat, request the services of the Bath Butler and enjoy a heavenly bath experience. Combine this with Pisco Sour cocktails at the effortlessly stylish Belo Bar, followed by dinner at the hotel's trendy Tragaluz Restaurant, one of the most stylish dining establishments in the city.
- Type:Luxury Hotel
- Summary:A stylish Belmond hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean
- Feature:The rooftop pool and restaurant offer formidable ocean views
- Rooms:82 rooms & suites
- Nearest airport:Lima International Airport