This resort-style property is a gem. Some other comments on TripAdvisor are strangely blasé: this place oozes class, from its oversized super-comfortable rooms and bathrooms lined with attractive stone, its elegant cabana design, its wonderful landscaping with greenery and tropical flowering plants (remarkable given that it is situated in a desert), high-end restaurant, gorgeous large bar/lounge and magnificent swimming pools. And, bay-side setting, even with sandy beach. True, the latter's not for swimming (given the jelly fish).
As for the service, we found it outstanding: the staff were all pleasant, and helpful.
All told, this excellent property gives an image of what Peru can be.
There are comments about the occasional odour. We noticed it as well, but it did not bother us; it is a "seaside" smell. Frankly, the only "negative" we experienced are the scenes of grinding poverty along the road in the 3.5 hour drive from Lima, which we did find depressing.
Our stay was in May, off season, so the rates were agreeably affordable. We arranged transport there from Lima via Condor Travel, going by Cruz del Sur bus, and being met at the (basic) Paracas terminal and taken by car to the hotel. This worked very well.
There were children about during our weekend stay, but they were in no way the noisy problem some other comments have mentioned. It is somewhat amusing to see the pampered Lima elite (all lily-white) with their (darker skinned) maids looking after the children.
Tip: go for a walk into the village (for lunch), to the right of the complex, AND walk to the left along a pleasant and unexpected sidewalk bayside, giving views of surprisingly "open/visible" mansions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Paracas, A Luxury Collection Resort, Paracas is a part of Starwood Hotel and Resort's collection of outstanding luxury resorts. Guests staying at our high-end beach resort in Paracas, Peru enjoy a fantastic location overlooking Paracas Bay and near Paracas History Museum. ... more less
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- Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Paracas