10 min away from the Machu-Picchu - Ollantayambo train

Discover Supreme Relaxation at the Onsen Spas in Ollantaytambo

Experience the magic of SPA and relaxation in the Sacred Valley, near Machu Picchu: a haven of tranquility in the Peruvian Andes.

Amidst the hustle and stress of daily life, finding moments of relaxation becomes essential. The Spas in the Sacred Valley are the perfect refuge for those seeking an experience of supreme relaxation and a reconnection with nature. In this article, we will explore the charm of Spas, specifically the Onsen, their health benefits, and how to find harmony and balance in these spaces.

1. The Enchantment Of Onsen Spas: A Refuge Of Relaxation In Peru

A spa is a place where beauty and wellness treatments, such as massages, facials, body treatments, jacuzzis, saunas, etc., are offered, and where Onsen is also available. The heart of an Onsen is the hot spring water areas. These are usually located outdoors or in indoor spaces with large windows that allow enjoying panoramic views.

One of the most outstanding aspects of Onsen Spas is the serene atmosphere they provide, creating a perfect environment to disconnect from the outside world and connect with oneself. Moreover, these places are ideal for enjoying with a partner, creating an unforgettable experience and strengthening emotional bonds.

2. What Exactly Is An Onsen Spa?

Originating from Japanese culture, an Onsen is a sacred place where one can enjoy natural and therapeutic hot springs that come from underground sources. These waters are considered beneficial for health and are believed to possess healing properties. In Japan, Onsen Spas are highly esteemed, and their visit is considered a purifying and rejuvenating experience for both the body and spirit. These spaces have gained popularity in Peru for their ability to provide moments of deep relaxation and revitalization.

Some luxury hotels in the Sacred Valley of Peru feature an Onsen pool in their SPA, like Las Qolqas Ecolodge Ollantaytambo, which is an outdoor pool or bathtub containing waters with hot springs. These pools are an essential component of Onsen and offer a unique and relaxing experience for visitors. It is important to note that the terms "Onsen" and "Spa" may be used interchangeably in some places to refer to facilities that offer both hot springs and therapeutic treatments, but in their origin and primary focus, Onsen and Spas have these distinctive differences.

  • Nature-inspired design: Onsen pools are designed so that bathers can immerse themselves in hot thermal waters while enjoying the natural beauty that surrounds them. Onsen often have a more traditional and natural aesthetic, with elements such as wood, stone, and Japanese gardens. They focus on creating an atmosphere of serenity and connection with nature.

          Spas do not necessarily use natural hot springs but may have pools, jacuzzis, saunas, or bathtubs with water treated and enriched with therapeutic            products such as salts, essential oils, or algae.

  • Natural environments: Onsen pools are often located in stunning natural surroundings, such as mountains, forests, or by rivers, allowing visitors to enjoy panoramic views while relaxing in the hot water. In Peru, the Andean mountain range provides the ideal setting to enjoy such a natural environment.
  • Therapeutic properties: Onsen water is characterized by its warm temperature and mineral properties. These hot springs contain a variety of minerals beneficial to the skin and body, such as sulfate, magnesium, calcium, and iron, among others. It is believed that immersing in these waters can relieve muscle pain, improve blood circulation, and promote relaxation.

           On the other hand, Spas offer a wide range of treatments and therapeutic services that go beyond hot springs. They may offer massages, facials,                 body wraps, aromatherapy with natural essential oils, and much more, with the aim of providing physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

  • Unique sensory experience: While soaking in the hot water of an Onsen, you can feel your body relax, and the muscles release accumulated tension, relieving stress, and improving sleep quality.

The tranquil and natural environment surrounding Onsen contributes to the feeling of serenity and peace. Furthermore, being in contact with nature while enjoying the thermal bath creates a special connection with the environment and allows you to experience a sense of harmony with nature. On the other hand, Spas may have more varied decorations, ranging from modern and minimalist styles to luxurious and elegant ones, depending on the particular Spa's focus and theme.

Onsen spa con el río de fondo en Hotel Las qolqas ecolodge Ollantaytambo

3. Find Harmony And Balance In The Spas Of The Sacred Valley

In our hectic lives, finding balance and harmony becomes essential. Spas in Peru are spaces designed precisely to help you achieve that state of balance and well-being, as well as including sustainability initiatives. Here, you can disconnect from the everyday stress and focus on yourself. Some luxury hotels in the Sacred Valley that offer SPA services (although not all have Onsen) include:

Find a moment of tranquility and relaxation in a natural and peaceful environment, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Allow yourself to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of Onsen Spas and find the harmony you need for a more balanced and fulfilling life.

SPAs are true oases of relaxation and well-being. These spaces allow you to escape the frantic pace of modern life and immerse yourself in an experience of physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Enjoy relaxation as a couple, discover the health benefits, and find harmony in an environment designed to provide unforgettable moments. Don't miss the opportunity to visit a Spa in the Sacred Valley and treat yourself to some self-care time.