Aguas Calientes, Peru
One of National Geographic's Unique Lodges of the World, Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel sits in seclusion on the Urubamba River near the village of Aguas Calientes. It enjoys an ideal location near the ruins of the famous Lost City of the Incas but away from the crowds. Whitewashed Andean-style wood and stone bungalows are scattered along terraced hills, surrounded by waterfalls and a tropical flower garden that boasts more than 350 species of orchids. Stone pathways lace the 12-acre grounds, inviting guests to search for 214 native bird species including the golden-headed quetzal and famous cock-of-the-rock.
Beneath the terracotta tile roofs of each casita, guest rooms feature high log-beamed ceilings, private fireplaces, woven textiles, grand beds with thick alpaca blankets and handmade wool coverlets, spacious spa-style bathrooms, and comfortable areas for sitting and relaxing. The hotel's Unu Spa offers classic 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 candlelit 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.