The little bear from ‘darkest Peru’ has returned to the big screen with the release of ‘PADDINGTON 2’ on 10 November 2017 and, since Belmond British Pullman has a starring role in the film, Belmond is celebrating too (perfect for families!).
Adventurous travel packages to the famous bear’s homeland are on offer – ‘A Bear’s Life with Belmond’ – and may even include marmalade treats served on a rooftop overlooking Lima’s beachfront, and discovering Peruvian oranges growing along the route to Machu Picchu!
POSTCARDS FROM PERU
The new four and seven night packages aptly begin in Lima – where Paddington’s Aunt Lucy lives – at the city’s most stylish address, Belmond Miraflores Park, overlooking the seafront and bustling promenade. From the hotel’s rooftop, children can gaze across the ocean, dreaming of their upcoming adventure as they feast on sticky marmalade breakfast treats and get into character with their very own red bush hat, courtesy of Belmond.
From Lima, the journey takes guests to Cusco, and one of the city’s most treasured landmarks – Belmond Hotel Monasterio. Families can explore the city on foot or spend time meandering through the hotel’s stunning courtyard, cloisters and flower-lined walkways, stopping to make a wish at the 300-year old cedar tree and mythical fountain. After a long day of sightseeing, children are invited to make bear-shaped cookies with the chef – a sweet-tasting stopover to help bear cubs re-charge for their next escapade.
Next on the itinerary is one of the most highly-anticipated experiences in Peru; a journey to Machu Picchu aboard Belmond Hiram Bingham – the country’s most famous 1920s-inspired vintage train. Just as Paddington arrived into London by train, families will arrive by rail in unrivalled luxury, through wild river canyons and lush jungle, to the heart of the Inca Empire. Passengers will be gifted a special jar of organic marmalade with a map to spot where the most succulent Peruvian oranges are grown along route.
Before taking the train back down from Machu Picchu, guests spend a night at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel to be situated at the gates of the ancient citadel and overlooking the breath taking sacred peaks. Hidden within the tropical plantation and garden terrace are jars of marmalade, just waiting to be discovered by mini explorers.
Guests on the longer seven-night package are transported to the heart of the Sacred Valley and oasis of calm Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado, exclusively located on the shores of the Urubamba River. A special Paddington-themed ‘movies under the stars’ night offers family fun by the wild-running river, with cosy woollen blankets provided to wrap up warm, popcorn waiter service and dessert bar inspired by the film.
The four-night ‘A Bear’s Life with Belmond’ package is priced at $3,158/£2,835 per person and includes one night at Belmond Miraflores Park, two nights at Belmond Hotel Monasterio on B&B and one night full board at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, with one day train journey aboard Belmond Hiram Bingham and entrance to Machu Picchu, Paddington-themed activities across properties, transfers, and sightseeing tours and is valid for travel from now through 2018. The package does not include international and domestic flights, airport departure taxes and travel insurance. Prices per child are on request.
The seven-night ‘A Bear’s Life with Belmond’ package is priced at $4,804/£3,625 and includes the above plus a second night at Belmond Miraflores Park, two nights at Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado on B&B and return domestic flights, Lima/Cusco.
MONTH OF THE MOVIES
During November and December 2017, guests wishing to embrace the magic of the film will be able to join in the fun as Paddington-themed activities take place daily across Belmond’s Peruvian portfolio. At Belmond Palacio Nazarenas in Cusco families can enjoy a Paddington-afternoon tea time in the hotel’s ‘secret garden’ with preservative sandwiches in generous supply. All activities are offered complimentary to guests staying overnight at any of the six hotels and/or travelling aboard Belmond Hiram Bingham.
LONDON – Paddington Afternoon Tea journeys
Belmond British Pullman offers steam-hauled Paddington Afternoon Tea journeys departing London Victoria Station on 2 December 2017, 16 February 2018 and 7 April 2018. Prices start from £550, based on two adults and two children (under 16) travelling together.
Visit Belmond.com or call Peru reservations on +51 1 519 5705