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Set on a quiet square on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Belmond Miraflores Park commands the best spot in Lima’s well heeled Miraflores district. Surrounded by great restaurants, with arty Barranco next door, and just a half hour’s drive from downtown, this luxury hotel is the perfect base from which to explore Peru’s vibrant capital.
Belmond Miraflores Park offers 89 all-suite rooms, including two Presidential Pool Suites, complete with marble bathrooms. Views are either over the shimmering city, or the sparkling Pacific Ocean. Garden Suites have spacious outdoor terraces with fragrant flowers, and Deluxe Junior Suites boast their own saunas.
There’s also a Club Level with access to the hotel’s extensive business facilities, with complimentary continental breakfast, evening cocktails and canapés, and non-alcoholic drinks available throughout the day. The Presidential Pool Suites are located on the top floor and boast a private terrace complete with plunge pool, separate living area, sauna and butler service.
Lima’s architectural treasures might be largely confined to the historic centre and Barranco, but it does boast handsome landscaped parks and sweeping ocean views at every turn. After exploring sights such as the art-filled Aliaga House—the Americas’ oldest private residence—and the catacombs of San Francisco Church one can catch a breath of sea air in the six-mile stretch of greenery that runs along cliffs from the hotel’s door.
Other compelling attractions include a rich pre-Columbian heritage, as seen at the millennia-old Huaca Pucllana adobe temple and beautifully showcased in the Larco Museum, and a vibrant art and fashion scene that includes Mario Testino’s MATE gallery. Then there’s a food culture that plays a leading role on the world stage.
Lima’s transformation into a culinary powerhouse started around a decade ago, fuelled by a group of innovative chefs who have been showing off Peru’s thrilling line-up of indigenous ingredients, sourced from the Amazon to the Andes.
While mid-range restaurants in Lima have jettisoned pasta in favour of traditional Peruvian dishes, high-end dining rooms are refining local recipes and creating a dynamic new cuisine.
With dozens of different climates and a terrain that includes 2424km of coastal desert, Amazonian rain forest and soaring Andean peaks—all with their varied treasure trove of indigenous plants—it’s easy to see why Peruvian cuisine has taken off.
Guests will find many of those ingredients in the hotel’s Tragaluz restaurant. There’s a buzz about this modern yet relaxed space where guests can enjoy innovative international cuisine with its Peruvian, Mediterranean and Asian flavours. There’s a smart terrace, too, offering alfresco dining among lush greenery—and a real laid-back Lima feel.
For breakfast with a view to savour, head to The Observatory. Located on the 11th floor, this light-filled space has spectacular views over the city and the Pacific Ocean, and serves a breakfast buffet of fresh breads and pastries, charcuterie, fruit and eggs cooked to order.
Belo Bar, meanwhile, offers light meals and innovative cocktails with signature creations including Miramar, a blend of Peruvian Pisco, Grand Marnier, orange juice, coconut and ginger ale, and Belo Mojito, that mixes Pisco, Cynar, tumbo (a Peruvian jungle fruit), muña and Andean mint.
Pisco may be the star ingredient in every trendy bar around the world, but there’s nothing like experiencing Peru’s national drink (and national cocktail, Pisco Sour), on home terrain. Named after a south Peruvian coastal town, Pisco is a distilled grape spirit with a minimum ABV of 30% and a pecking order of quality evolved over a history dating back 1500 years.
This colourless brandy is made from eight key grape varieties from vineyards bordering Chile, with Quebranta the most revered. Among some 800 Peruvian brands, made by over 400 producers, Tacama leads the way. Some aficionados like to drink Pisco neat, but most prefer it as a sour—shaken with egg white, freshly squeezed limes, sugar syrup and bitters.
Need to work off all that delicious Peruvian food and drink? Then head to Zest Spa at Belmond Miraflores Park, which offers an array of treatments incorporating indigenous products from the Peruvian coast to the Amazon basin. There’s also a stunningly located heated rooftop pool with panoramic ocean views, plus a fitness centre, sauna and Jacuzzi.
Set in Miraflores, one of Lima’s most exclusive residential areas, Belmond Miraflores Park is an all-suite hotel offering breathtaking views out to sea. Its state-of-the-art facilities, spacious accommodation and pampering services make it the perfect hotel for both corporate and leisure guests. In Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2014 it was voted #10 in the “Top City Hotel in Central and South America” category.Download Factsheet