When you think of a luxury vacation, you probably imagine a ritzy hotel with butler service, poolside massages, and endless restaurants with tons of mouthwatering cuisine from around the world to choose from.
Well, for a different type of luxe that’s even more unforgettable than a classic vacation to the beach, take a trip deep, deep into the Peruvian Amazon to Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion, located between the Tambopata National Reserve and the shores of the Madre de Dios River.
The tropical hotel is built on a former cacao and rubber plantation that’s spread out over 819 hectares of lush rainforest, far away from cities, settlements, and people in the very remote Southern Peruvian jungle near the Bolivian and Brazilian borders.
And when I say remote, I mean it. The resort is only accessible via a 25 minute canoe ride from Puerto Maldonado — which is a short flight from Cusco. That means there’s nothing but rich, verdurous rainforest, monkeys and birds, and the Amazon River for miles around.
Here’s a word of advice that the hotel staff makes sure to reiterate multiple times: Definitely don’t venture away from the clearly marked trails around the property — especially when the sun goes down. If you go exploring in the rainforest on your own without a guide, you’ll probably get lost, and that’s not good.
Open-concept cabanas that sit on stilts offer complete immersion into the rainforest, with some of 25 private cabanas overlooking the river, and others looking straight into the jungle. Panoramic screens replace the windows at this magical lodge, transporting you to a completely different world as the humid jungle air and sounds of exotic birds and howler monkeys fill your room.
Inside the cabanas, you’ll be greeted with high thatched roofs, rustic wooden decor, 180-degree views of the tangled emerald jungle outside, and a luxurious white linen bed encapsulated in a dreamy net canopy to keep any unwanted guests — a.k.a. winged or 8-legged creepy crawlies — out.
The main building is a stunning wooden lodge that has a dining room with a simple but delicious buffet of Peruvian specialties for breakfast and lunch, an à la carte dinner with the most delicious lomo saltado you’ll ever taste, an upstairs lounge, and the only wifi at the resort.
Internet and electricity are limited, however. All power — including wifi — goes out at 11 p.m. each night until early the next morning.
While the Amazon is, without a doubt, the perfect place to disconnect from the outside world and take in all of the good, detoxing vibes nature has to offer, the activities and excursions are admittedly intense.
Full-day excursions, such as to Lake Sandoval or 95 feet high up into the rainforest to the 200-meter wooden canopy bridge, begin at 5 a.m. with an old-fashioned wake up call…meaning the hotel staff bangs on your door since there are no phones.
After breaking a sweat climbing through the trees and canoeing through the Amazonian lakes all day, pay a visit to the NUA Spa to decompress, relax, and let the stress of the outside world fall away into nothing. The holistic Amazonic concept at this spa combines classic massage techniques with nourishing 100% natural botanicals from the rainforest “to create sensory mystical experiences.”
Just imagine: An incredible massage, all natural oils and aromas, the musical sounds of the rainforest, and absolutely no phones or internet to disrupt your serenity. A truly magical combo, if you ask me.
Interested? Good. As someone who personally stayed at the property and experienced all the hotel has to offer, I wholeheartedly recommend this place for anyone looking to seriously get away from it all. I can guarantee you that it’s unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before.
You can book your stay at Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion right here, along with Inkaterra’s other stunning 5-star properties throughout Peru.
All photos: Inkaterra