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The Andes-surrounded Belmond Palacio Nazarenas seems like something out of a fairy tale. A Peruvian fairytale, that is, one firmly rooted in the ancient history of Inca. In the 16th century, the palatial building was home to a conquistador; in the 17th century, it was a convent. Now, the meticulously-restored haven is home to a hotel that feels both luxuriously contemporary and dreamily old world with every modern indulgence you could want amongst the ancient architecture and beautiful cloistered courtyards.
Thoughtful guestroom touches begin with – quite literally – the air. All of the suites are oxygenated to ease the process of acclimatising to the altitude; the feature is much appreciated, given that the hotel sits at more than three kilometres above sea level. Accommodations are spacious and elegant, and many rooms boast original Inca features. Quality is king here: four-poster beds are draped with hand-embroidered fabrics, while bathrooms have hand-painted frescoes and soaps perfumed with the hotel’s own flowers. Some rooms have private balconies with mountain views, and all have bars with tea and coffee accoutrements in addition to a pisco sour making station. If you’re not familiar with the cocktail, don’t fret – the 24-hour butler can give you a lesson.
Senzo restaurant serves a bold take on Peruvian cuisine, and classic dishes are given new life by the kitchen’s creative chefs. Much of the fresh produce used at the restaurant is grown in the hotel’s own garden. If you haven’t yet made yourself a pisco sour (or are just in the mood for another), visit the poolside Senzo Bar. The pool it flanks, by the way, is the only heated pool in Cusco. There’s just one restaurant on property, but guests seeking variety can visit the nearby Belmond Hotel Monasterio to dine at the sister hotel’s two restaurants.
While there’s no fitness centre on-site, the hotel offers morning yoga classes and salsa lessons, and there are infinite ways to keep active outdoors. Explore the vibrant city of Cusco on foot or – if you’re lucky enough to have an extended stay – take four days to explore the region from Lima to Machu Picchu on a railway expedition. If you find yourself a little worse for wear after a trek at altitude, visit the Hypnôze Spa for the post-hike recovery treatment.
How to get here
10 minutes by road from Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport