Palacio Nazarenas by Orient-ExpressFirst Look - High as a Nun: Palacio Nazarenas
Newly opened Palacio Nazarenas in Cuzco was once a convent, but you won’t be living the life of a nun. Individually decorated suites – yes, all suites – feature spectacular views of the Incan site of Sacsayhuaman and the charming San Blas neighborhood. High-ceilinged and spacious, these digs are far from spartan. And we bet the nuns didn’t have bathtubs like these, either. Not only are they the size of kiddie pools, but they come equipped with a bath pillow – it’s the little things that make us happy. When submerged, the pillow’s dried herbs inside release an exotic scent. Now that’s next-gen aromatherapy. Forget about trying to smuggle the bathrobe home in your suitcase; you’ll want to nab the bath pillow instead.
Upon request, you can pump your suite full of oxygen – a nice touch for the altitude-sensitive. So think of lounging in bed as O2 therapy. You’ll need it for your climb to Machu Picchu. But if your lungs are already in tip-top shape, there’s the option to have your room fragranced with healing essential aromas of Andean flowers and herbs. We suggest an extra dosage of this after the hike – your muscles will thank you.
Palacio Nazarenas also boasts Cuzco’s first outdoor heated infinity pool, which we’re guessing is a new addition, unless the nuns wore bikinis under those habits. The hub of the hotel, here you can kick back and watch the sunset while sipping bespoke Andean concoctions made by your private butler. Each suite also has a cocktail-making kit, so you can continue the party in the bedroom – and between the sheets, should you get lucky.
While here, make time for some indigenous indulgence too. Book a treatment at the HypnôzeSpa, which specializes in Incan-inspired therapies. After you’ve been properly pampered, assuage your appetite at the yummy gourmet Senzo Restaurant. Helmed by top Peruvian chef, Virgilio Martinez, the cuisine is as authentic as it is modern, so you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other. We say leave temperance to the nuns.
Newly opened to saints and sinners.