Machu Picchu, Peru
Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel
Gateway to Heaven
What it is
The one and only place to stay at Machu Picchu itself is Peru perfected, with Andean shaman ceremonies and spa treatments under Huayna Picchu’s peak.
What it isn't
Big. To preserve its Bucket List locale, the 31-room property squeezes a lot on the grounds, including an orchid garden and locally-inspired bar and restaurant.
What we think
Visiting Machu Picchu is like paying IRL homage to ancient Gods—and after something like that, staying in a standard-issue hotel just won’t do. We’d imagine that’s why the powers that be chose Belmond to create this aptly named “sanctuary” abutting the ancient city, with peaceful rooms stocked with Peruvian fabrics, carved wood headboards and marble bathrooms. (In case you’re wondering: yes, there are satellite TVs, DVD players, and mini bars to raid—although we’ll bet you spend all your time on your patio watching butterflies flit before the jungly UNESCO heritage mountainscape).
You're here because
You’re a little squeamish about booking your own tours in foreign lands (what if all those five star reviews are phony?) and the hotel staffers would be delighted to arrange your expertly guided trek through Machu Picchu with their trusted local guides.
Any lingering worries you felt about dining here vanish into the ether the moment you see the menu at Tampu, the lodge’s restaurant. It’s impossible to decide what you’ll have. Foie Gras with elderberry? Andean trout carpaccio with avocado and sesame? Sweet potato ravioli with manchego and Andean mint? You may have one of each. Blessedly, you don’t have far to walk to see the sights.
Restaurants & Bars
- Tampu Restaurant - international and Peruvian plates served in a floor-to-ceiling windowed room with forest views.
- Tinkuy Buffet Restaurant - daily buffet offering dishes made with local and seasonal produce
- Tampu Bar
A 10 minute walk from the ancient gates of Machu Picchu, the 15th Century Incan city that was quickly jettisoned—only to be rediscovered in total awe by future generations. You’ll arrive via four hour ride on Belmond Hiram Bingham Train from Cusco, then 25 minute transfer.