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Tambo del Inka Resort and Spa, Urubamba 

Avenida Ferrocarril S/N
Tel: 51 84 581 777
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A LEED-certified study in glass, stone, and wood alongside the Vilcanota River, the 128-room Tambo del Inka opened in 2010. Go on the property's Quinoa Trail, a day that begins with quinoa pancakes, includes kayak and bike rides through quinoa-intensive landscapes, and concludes with a quinoa facial back at the spa. Not that you couldn't spend an entire day in the hotel's two-pool, 12 treatment–room sybaritic centerpiece, where the views of the Andes rival the services. And the nearby Urubamba train, which also opened in 2010, provides easy access to sensory stimulation of an altogether different kind: a day trip to Machu Picchu. Though leaving the ruins is always tough, the hotel room that awaits—all cushy linens, muted textiles, and arboreal surroundings—serves as ample consolation.—Abbie Kozolchyk

From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
The second Luxury Collection property from Peruvian chain Libertador sets the bar high in the Sacred Valley. The 128-room trapezoidal property, smack in the center of town, beautifully fits the topography: Accommodations face either the Urubamba River or the cordillera and the Chicón glacier. Designer Roberto Caparra's imaginative interiors weave ancient motifs into the contemporary decor: towering fireplaces sculpted out of Inca-style stone walls, pre-Incan textile design reimagined as wallpaper and drapes, and oversized regional pottery. Soak in the 19,375-square-foot spa, try an original pisco-based cocktail in the bar, or dine on lamb loin crusted with aji Amarillo and pecans over a quinoa soufflé. The service is attentive—staff are everywhere and almost always know your name—and if you're heading to Machu Picchu, there's a railway station right on the property.—2011 Hot List

Which room to book: You might not need the private butler, but the Senior Suites with their river-view terrace are a must.

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