Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort
This chic hotel lies across the bay from the Ballestas Islands – known as the ‘mini-Galapagos of Peru’ – and Paracas National Reserve, a scenic maritime reserve noted for some of Peru’s best coastal scenery and abundant wildlife. The Hotel Paracas offers a luxurious escape with panoramic views across the water and extensive facilities including fine restaurants and an indulgent spa. Wildlife-lovers won’t want to miss a tour of the Ballestas Islands and, rather conveniently, boat trips depart from the hotel’s private pier. You could spot a host of wildlife including dolphins, sea lions, flamingos, Peruvian boobies, red-legged cormorants, Inca terns and Humboldt penguins.
Lounge by the main pool and enjoy the views over the bay. Pool butlers are on hand to serve refreshments if you’re feeling peckish or fancy working your way through the menu of pisco sours. There is an activities pool which is great if you’re travelling with kids, and little ones can also enjoy beach games, table tennis and organised activities at the Explorer’s Club. Discover the region’s natural wonders and traditions with a number of local excursions. You could tour a pisco-making hacienda in Ica for a taste of the famous indigenous brandy or take a flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on your terrace or head to the Ballestas Restaurant which also serves seafood and a fusion of Peruvian and Mediterranean flavours and has panoramic windows framing the bay. Head down to the hotel’s private pier to enjoy the fresh catch-of-the-day and mouth-watering ceviche at Chalana Restaurant. Trattoria is a popular choice for pizza and gelatos. Sip Pisco sours from the comfort of your chaise lounge at the stylish Bar Lounge which also offers light bites and has a DJ at the weekend.
The rooms and suites are sleek with modern comforts such as iPod docks and Wi-Fi. Superior Gardenview Rooms overlook the garden and Superior Oceanview Rooms have views of the Pacific Ocean. Balcony Suites feature a living room and Solarium Suites have two balconies with ocean views, one of which features a dining area. Plunge Pool Suites have two spacious terraces and a small plunge pool.