Belmond Palacio Nazarenas | Cusco, Peru | Set in a tranquil plaza behind Cusco’s main square, this former palace and convent is emerging from years of restoration to become one of the city’s most exclusive hotels. The newest global Belmond property in the world and their fifth hotel in Peru (which BTW I have tried them all). In search for all of this and more, I came over and spent my last fabulous night in Cusco, before heading back to New York, after a week lo luxury, unique experience and sophistication in Peru made by Belmond Hotels and Trains. Follow my Instagram Peru Photo Gallery for more tips, photos and videos.
Palacio Nazarenas offers a wide range of beautiful suites with stunning views over the ancient patio or the pool. Some allow sweeping vistas of the hillside Inca site of Sacsayhuaman or Cuzco’s cathedral in the Plaza de Armas. My Suite was furnished and facilities have been designed to provide the utmost comfort and to reflect the authentic charm of Palacio Nazarenas. The suites range in size from 42m2 to 60m2, with some of the bathrooms being over 20m2 – a unique feature in a historic building of this type. Each spacious bathroom has under-floor heating and Peruvian travertine marble décor.
Suites feature Butler service, 24h room service, personal bar with espresso- and tea-making facilities, nibbles and pisco station, sound system and satellite TV, complimentary internet and Wi-Fi, iPad (Nazarenas’ App with city guide, restaurant and pillow menu, games and other interesting information), Oxygen-enriched air-conditioning (upon request).
This intimate urban retreat has just 55 suites, each enriched with oxygen and with its own private bar where guests (or their private butler) can create drinks accented with fresh ingredients grown at and around the hotel. You want a bit more sophistication, well opt for the Z Collection, comprising character suites offering some or all of the following features: Original Inca and colonial features, special views, beautiful balconies, if you do not believe me, see the photo below. Isn’t it a STRIKING view from the Terrace of a Z Collection Suite.
Palacio Nazarenas is located in an exclusive area of downtown Cuzco, between the city’s central square, the Plaza de Armas, and the young, lively neighbourhood of San Blas. Just a 10-minute drive from the airport, Cuzco is situated 3,399m (11,152ft) above sea level, in what was once the capital of the Inca Empire.
Step past walls of Inca stones and into a cloistered courtyard with an ancient fountain at its heart. Then be surprised as contemporary Cusco comes to the fore: a fabulous spa, the city’s first outdoor pool and stylish restaurants serving cutting-edge local cuisine.
The best is the breakfast, which they called a Private Buffet, where you do not have to walk to the buffet, but they bring your own buffet to your table, that plus the hot dishes menus and the get the juice of your own choice, I strongly recommend the Tuna fruit Juice.
Hidden behind an ancient façade, within the largest of seven cloistered terraces, you’ll find the heart and social hub of Palacio Nazarenas and Cuzco’s first outdoor heated swimming pool.
Each tranquil terrace and patio is landscaped with indigenous flowers and kitchen herbs, punctuated by fountains and flowing water channels echoing the irrigation channels of the agricultural terraces found in the Sacred Valley and at Machu Picchu. To the left of the ancient wooden doors marking the entrance to Palacio Nazarenas is a large chapel. Restored and preserved, the chapel’s gallery now serves as a guest lounge. The second floor houses Palacio Nazarenas’ library which also displays Peruvian artefacts.
Inspired by Inca and Andean culture, and specializing in aromatherapy, Hypnôze Spa has developed treatments that enhance mood, cognitive function and health. Using indigenous Peruvian ingredients such as flowers and herbs, pink Andean salt, purple corn, honey, avocado, coffee and coca leaves, Hypnôze has created its own brand of organic products used in its à la carte and tailor-made treatments.
The Palacio Nazarenas is located at Nazarenas Square across the street from MAP – Museo de Arte Pre Colombino, and next to its older sister, the incredible hotel El Monasterio, where I spent one night and I will be reporting on soon. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com
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