So leave your backpacking stereotypes behind please because this is the posh side of Peru with no dusty tents but just divine hot water showers! Even Susan Sarandon and Kate Moss gave it their thumbs up after their stay last summer at the Tambo del Inka Resort and Spa.
To get there, you fly into the Cuzco airport and then take a cab for 45 mins to the town of Urubamba. The beautiful countryside drive will keep you entertained - so have your camera ready because you never know what you'll see on the way!
Upon entering through the big wooden doors I honestly thought I've arrived in heaven! Completely tucked away in its own oasis and nestled among the trees and lush foliage of the Sacred Valley, this 128 room resort and spa is part of the Starwood Luxury Collection that just opened last summer. Each room boasts views of the Andes Mountains and Vilcanota River. The bed is the most comfortable bed I've ever slept on and the pillows are like fluffy clouds - and believe me, you appreciate all these little things after a day hiking Machu Picchu!
The Peru-inspired decorations in the lobby with pretty palettes of golds, oranges and reds and the soaring floor-to-ceiling cozy fireplace. I would enjoy quiet evenings just sitting here with my Kobo and sipping Coca Tea. There is also a games room complete with a pool table and a shelf well stocked with your favourite childhood board games.
Indulge in indigenous-style treatments at their in-house spa. So put aside all your worries along with your Blackberry because the only thinking you'll need to do is to decide between the Andean Chocolate or the 24K Gold from the Gods facials. Pair that up with the phenomenal water circuit and the Yucamani Stones Massage for the ultimate pampering experience.
The view doesn't get better than the patio of the Kiri Bar. The lunch menu offers fresh salads (they have their own garden), sandwiches and small plates of traditional Peruvian food with a modern twist. And come back during sunset for an evening cocktail - I highly recommend trying "Pisco", Peru's version of tequila made from grapes.
For dinner, head over to the main restaurant, Hawa (coincidentally, this means "heaven"!) and dine on a scrumptious seasonal menu including guinea pig, a Peruvian favourite!
The service is impeccable here, every staff I encountered during my stay was helpful and courteous. Although not necessary, the wonderful lady who cleaned my room always made sure the clothes I had draped over the chairs were hung up in the walk-in closet and left truffles on my pillow. As a matter of fact, when I was Googling "Tambo", this place was always highly recommended and I couldn't find a single complaint or negative feedback!
If I haven't convinced you yet that this is THE BEST hotel I've stayed at thus far in my travels, I think I'll have you completely sold when I tell you they have a fully equipped business centre that you can use at no charge (hey this is a bonus for workaholics like moi!) and their own private train station that goes direct to Machu Pichhu! Now we are all aboard right?! :)