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Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel

Address: Av. Imperio de los Incas, KM 10 on Rail Road Line (Linea Ferrea Cusco, Quillabamaba)

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City: Machu Picchu Pueblo

Phone: 011-51-84-211-122

Website: www.inkaterra.com

Expert Review

Compared with mystical Machu Picchu, the adjacent town of Aguas Calientes can feel jarringly touristy and overrun. Spread over 12 Edenic acres, the eco-minded Inkaterra Hotel provides a haven amid the hubbub with 85 spacious casitas and villas and an Andean-inspired spa. The all-inclusive pricing, which covers activities like bird watching walks and tea plantation visits, offers great value. See more Smart Luxury Award winners.

This network of whitewashed cottages is tucked into the remote mountainside of the lush Andean cloud forest. Besides the charming locale, guests enjoy a pure mountain spring swimming pool, beautiful gardens, and rates that include full board and three meals. The hotel doubles as a luxury tour operator. Visitors to the UNU Spa can experience firsthand the traditional Andean cures of the coca plant. The eco-lodge’s tile-roofed casitas fan out over 12 lush acres of cloud forest teeming with birds, butterflies, orchids, and all the spa's botanicals. A spa visit usually starts in the traditional Andean sauna, made of native eucalyptus branches. For the 3-hour Inkaterra Therapy, a therapist performs a massage with lotion made from coca leaf, oil, and cream and then applies a body mask of blended coca leaves. The leaves are said to detoxify the body, increase circulation, and stimulate the lymphatic system. 2010 Smart Luxury Award winner

Tags: luxury | expensive | spa | smart splurge | smart luxury winner | all-inclusive | gardens

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