Asia, or what some are calling “Peru’s Malibu”, is the definitive place to be in summer months (December through April). This exclusive beach resort located 60 miles, or 97 kilometers, south of Lima, Peru’s capital, offers beautiful beaches centered on a shopping strip, a nine-hole golf course, top restaurants, hotels, spas and a multiplex cinema. If you like to enjoy the beach in luxury and style, Asia should be on your Peru travel must-see list.
In Asia, travelers have around 30 flat, sandy beaches to choose from, all of which are located along Peru’s majestic Pacific Ocean coastline. And when visitors have had enough of the playa, they can head over to the main strip, or Sur Plaza Boulevard, where most of Asia’s nightlife and shops are located. In addition to the regular Wong and Ripley stores, high-end shops such as Michelle Belau, Bugui, Claudia Paez, Joaquin Miró, Kuna (for high-quality alpaca clothing), Swatch, Carati Jeweler and Puig, Spain’s top fragrance house, can also be found along the strip. Major Peruvian banks and clinics are also widely available onsite.
Great ice cream and food is another of Asia’s perks: you won’t find any food courts here. Tender steaks, grills and criolla cuisine can be enjoyed at El Hornero, La Carreta or José Antonio, innovative seafood dishes at El Piloto, Punta Sal or Segundo Muelle, and Mediterranean food at Tragaluz.
While in Asia, night owls have more than their fair share of modern discos and lounges to choose from, most of which offer a VIP section for those who pay a little more than the usual $10-20 entry charge. Another option is the Rímac Cultural Center, which was inaugurated in 1997 and now one of Asia’s biggest attractions. This large amphitheater hosts concerts and other events, including contemporary art exhibits, plays and even some of the Peruvian team’s Davis Cup tennis matches.
The more adventurous can try out surfing at the American Wave Machines (AWM) stationary wave pool, go-karting at the Kartodromo Racing Dakart, or get a good workout at the Asia Gym and Wellness Club. Asia’s premiere gym, as well as the Specchi and Skin Concept spas, offer a variety of treatments including massages (with or without hot stones), exfoliations, facials, wraps and hydrotherapy. Nothing is quite as refreshing after a long day at the beach!
The four-star Aquavit Hotel & Casino is currently Asia’s top hotel. A large swimming pool surrounded by lush landscaped gardens and several poolside bars is the centerpiece of the complex, which offers sleekly decorated rooms equipped with modern amenities (air conditioning, in-room breakfast, Wi-Fi, etc.) and facilities for sports and recreation. Nearby attractions include Asia’s nine-hole, 77-hectare golf course and driving range, and cycling, horseback riding, kitesurfing, whale watching and snorkeling excursions are offered. Challwa, Aquavit’s on-site restaurant, offers fresh seafood and traditional Peruvian cuisine, and the hotel regularly hosts musical events and fashion shows. The staff speaks English and Spanish.
Getting to Asia is simple: a 1-hour, $40 cab ride from Lima along the Pan-American Highway. But leaving Asia and its beautiful beaches, top shops, delicious restaurants and great nightclubs is what you’ll find difficult, just like putting an end to your trip to Peru.