Foodie enthusiasts from across the globe are pouring into Peru’s capital city of Lima to celebrate and savor its provocative culinary culture. For centuries, waves of immigrants have long descended upon this key city.
As you explore Lima’s gastronomy today you see influences from the Spanish, African, European, Chinese, and Japanese. America’s own Nobu is known to have cut his culinary teeth and to be deeply and forever influenced by his time spent in Lima.
For the tasteful traveler in search of seduction both on and off the plate, check in to Miraflores Park Hotel in Miraflores, a trendy upscale neighborhood in Lima and the epicenter of the culinary movement. This Orient Express property in this exclusive residential neighborhood is by far the city’s sexiest and most sophisticated hotel.
Once the bags are dropped, it’s up, up and away. The expansive and picturesque views of the Pacific is reason enough to book a spa treatment at Zest. Located on the hotel’s 11th floor, Zest uses indigenous products sourced locally in Lima and from the Peruvian Rainforest.
Kick-start your circulation after a long-haul flight with one of Zest’s signature scrubs made from natural minerals that stimulate circulation and relax both mind and body. Amazonian botanicals and fine sea salts are used to exfoliate in the Amazonian Scrubs where you have a choice of Avocado, Brazil Nut, or Copaiba Seed.
Brown sugar is drenched in locally sourced Lima olive oil and eucalyptus to awaken and smooth the skin. This Peruvian Olive Oil and Brown Sugar Polish and the previous scrub are followed by your choice of a 30-minute back massage ($60) or an hour-long full-body massage ($90).
Who can resist a Wrapture? After a gentle dry brush exfoliation on their Thermal Dry Float Bed, you will be wrapped in a luminous moisture rich treatment. You can choose between the Aguacate Wrap made of fresh avocado, the hydrating Delzura Wrap made of honey and oil or the soothing Cucumber Aloe. While the rich emollients sink into the skin, Rainforest botanicals will be massaged in to the scalp and feet to ensure deep relaxation ($60 for 60 minutes).
The spa ingredients alone are enough to entice an appetite. Sate the cravings by heading down to Mesa 18, the evocative open air restaurant on the ground floor, surrounded by lush gardens. It’s the place in Lima to see and be seen – and to show off that glow.
Chef Frederic Ziegler, who hails from Michelin-starred restaurants in France, will please with his vangaurd cuisine of Octopus Carpaccio, Duck Tasting of Foie Gras and Breast Confit, followed by Baby Lamb Shoulder with Olive Gnocchi or his grilled Amazonian Paiche Fish with mango vinaigrette and shrimp oil.
Finish off this culinary adventure with a late libation in your Presidential Suite. Tip back and relax in a private Jacuzzi, on an outdoor terrace, or in an infinity pool overlooking the ocean.
Ready to book? The Resort has a Miraflores Escape Package: Luxury accommodations in your chosen suite category, one à la carte meal for two in their restaurant, a half-day guided tour, buffet breakfast, and free Internet service for ($373/night).