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Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu

$400 or more
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Peru, Central + South America: A terrace at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge
Monumento Arqueologico de Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
Tel: 800 524 2420
Tel: 51 8421 1039's insider take:

Once a rustic, state-run establishment, the 31-room Sanctuary Lodge was leased by Orient-Express in 1999 and transformed into a luxury eco-resort where organic Andean dishes are served on fine china and high tea is taken in native gardens. But tangible luxuries are secondary here: As the lone hotel permitted to operate alongside Machu Picchu, the Sanctuary Lodge lets you roll out of bed and beat the crowds to the ruins. For a taste of what awaits, request a room with a view of Huayna Picchu (the tallest local peak in any given shot of Machu Picchu)—though the jungle and garden outlooks are lovely, too. Quarters are admittedly close; the government architects had an obvious antisprawl mandate. So the simple interiors—all light linens and dark woods—work well. Reserve a year in advance if you're traveling during the dry season (April through October), and six months in advance the rest of the year.—Abbie Kozolchyk

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