10 Jan 2014

Hotel Rio Sagrado unveils first solar heated swimming pool

With Peru's mighty and sacred Urubamba River flowing between Cusco and Machu Picchu, an idyllic, tranquil and serene location blossoms.

Hotel Rio Sagrado is the setting for the Sacred Valley's first ever solar heated swimming pool. Unveiled as part of a host of exquisite refurbishments at the hotel, including two new treatment rooms in the spa and upgraded accommodation, the outdoor pool further enhances the hotel's position as a refuge of relaxation.

Named 'UNU' after the Quechua word for water, the infinity-edged swimming pool is heated by six groups of four solar panels, allowing for optimal swimming conditions during cloudy or cool days. The swimming pool, which is eleven metres long and seven metres wide, offers astonishing views of the majestic river, also known as Willkamayu (Quechua for 'sacred river') and surrounding mountains, providing guests with additional space to unwind and soak up the powerful energy of the nearby flowing water.

Furthermore, a dedicated pool menu has been crafted serving a range of fresh pisco cocktails, non-alcoholic fruit drinks and snacks, such as Andean trout salad ceviche with fried yucca sticks and sweet potato and 'Rio Sagrado' mini burgers made with locally sourced beef.

Using the finest local products to echo the serene spirit of the Urubamba River for which it overlooks, Spa Mayu Wilka is housed in a beautiful wood and stone complex with floor to ceiling windows. Offering three treatment rooms in total, two of which are new and feature under floor heating and a treatment room for couples, facilities also include a steam room and Jacuzzi. Treatments are locally inspired and guests can indulge in a coca leaf wrap, scrubs using Maras salts from the nearby mines combined with lavender or Sacha Inchi and massages designed to lighten the effects of altitude, to name but a few of the treatments on offer.

With a total of 21 rooms and suites, as well as two villas, Hotel Rio Sagrado is an intimate retreat. Light refurbishments have been made to all deluxe and junior suites, including new heated floors in the bathrooms, the addition of wide French doors that open onto private terraces and updated furnishings.

The hotel is not just about relaxation and for those that can pull themselves away from the pool and spa, Hotel Rio Sagrado also offers a range of activities that can be tailored to families, couples and friends. Highlights include horse riding, mountain picnics, kayaking, quad biking and cooking classes.

Alternatively for children, mask painting, ceramics and virgin cocktail making classes can be arranged. Each morning and afternoon, little ones and adults can also assist in feeding the hotel's three alpacas that live on site.