Colonial grandeur in Peru and the Dominican Republic

Gastón Aurelio’s new Lima eaterie and a chic bolthole in Santo Domingo

Guests at the launch of Astrid & Gastón Casa Moreyra, in Lima
Guests at the launch of Astrid & Gastón Casa Moreyra, in Lima | Image: Astrid & Gastón

If cutting-edge gastronomy is reason to travel, then make your next stop Lima, where, in the San Isidro district, Gastón Acurio has just opened Astrid y Gastón Casa Moreyra (www.astridygaston.com; launch party pictured) – a vast endeavour in a refurbished mansion comprising a restaurant, bar, workshop, patio for wine tastings and El Edén, a botanical garden recreating Peru’s climate zones to give context to local produce.

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Colonial architecture created by the region’s Spanish conquistadors is also being primped in the Dominican Republic at new hotel Casas del XVI(www.casasdelxvi.com; £184) in the Unesco-protected centre of Santo Domingo; two of its individually designed houses have a central courtyard, while Casa de los Mapas has a courtyard pool.

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