Aguas Calientes, Peru
The Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel sits in seclusion on the Urubamba River in the village of Aguas Calientes, near the ruins but away from the crowds. Its Andean-style wood and stone bungalows are scattered throughout a tropical flower garden that boasts more than 300 species of orchids. Beneath the terracotta tile roofs of each casita, guest rooms feature private fireplaces, beds with thick alpaca blankets and handmade wool coverlets, spa-style bathrooms, and comfortable areas for sitting and relaxing. The hotel's Unu Spa offers classic and Andean-style therapies featuring all-natural products derived from botanical extracts, in a mystical, candlelit environment. A unique Andean sauna, where stones are heated in a candle-lit eucalyptus hut, is located next to the natural spring water pond. Cafe Inkaterra serves Andean cuisine overlooking the Vilcanota River, while the hotel's fine dining room features creative fusion fare with views of the Urubamba River.