A perfect luxury hotel in Peru
The beachfront property Arennas Mancora has recently undergone a combination of renovation and expansion, and Aracari was the very first to hear the details and see the latest photos of the shiny new facilities. We sat down with Yasmine, the hotel’s Asset Manager and an Aracari friend, to get the scoop on this luxury beach resort in northern Peru.
Each of the hotel’s 15 original rooms have been completely redesigned, installing new fixtures and furniture and updating its décor. The hotel has also added 7 new rooms to the property, an addition that provides more accommodation options without sacrificing the private, personalized feel. The most coveted of the selections of rooms are the Arennas Suites, which feature private terraces, the choice of Jacuzzi or pool, direct views of the ocean, as well as en suite massage services (at an additional cost).
Common areas of the hotel have also received a face-lift, and with many and varied dining and lounging areas, guests are easily able to find a comfortable nook to settle into to spend the day soaking up the sun and enjoying the refreshing sea air. One of the architectural features of the hotel is the focus on providing guests with a view no matter where they are. The hotel faces 200 meters of palm tree-lined beachfront and has a series of patios that are terraced, each level designed for a different function from padded lounge chairs for sun bathing and casual dining to a more formal dining area. Arennas Mancora also has its own pool and a spacious Jacuzzi, the perfect spot to watch the sun set. For those wanting to sip on a fresh-pressed juice after a morning jog or to have a hand-crafted Pisco Sour, head to the hotel’s pool bar with its very own private beach area.
The Design & Decor
Arennas provides a mix of elegance and comfort and features “el toque Peru”, or a touch of Peruvian decor, a subtle and sophisticated style with carefully selected pieces relevant to Peruvian culture in the region. Common areas are open and airy and decorated with unique pottery, crafts, and furniture that are one-of-a-kind, and rooms are painted in earth tones and outfitted with photos of the Mancora beachscape. Vying to be the “greenest” hotel in Mancora, Arennas is the only property to use a water treatment system and uses solar power to heat the hotel’s water.
What to do, What to do?
Although many come to Mancora to enjoy the sea, sun, and sand, there are several wildlife and adventure activities worth considering, including deep-sea fishing, zip lining, mountain biking, and turtle watching. The activity that takes the cake, however, is only available once a year from around mid-August to around the end of October. Each year, humpback whales journey to the region to give birth to their offspring, an incredible spectacle that is even visible from your private terrace.
How to Tie it in
After physically demanding excursions such as hiking the Inca Trail or visiting the many sites along the Moche Route, a few days of ultimate relaxation are in order. A romantic and secluded destination, the beaches of Mancora are also the perfect place for couples and honeymooners to enjoy each other’s company and receive some luxurious pampering.