Tucked away among the Andes’ cloud-scraping peaks, this unique lodge enjoys perhaps the most privileged position in the entirety of South America; it’s adjacent to Machu Picchu. In fact, as the only accommodation that can make this claim, it’s your chance to enjoy exclusive access to this world wonder. And, with gates opening at 6 AM and the citadel just a short walk away, you can beat the crowds and enjoy that famous sunrise breaking through the mists. In fact, you can even take in views over its dramatic ruins from the comfort of the lodge’s manicured gardens, framed by the rushing Urubamba River and yet more of those carpeted mountain.
But Belmond Sanctuary is more than just good looks. Each room comes with its own private patio while marble bathrooms and king-size beds provide the comforts. Upgrades mix in dark-wood styling and views of Machu Picchu while the suites are particularly inviting, featuring oversized terraces – the perfect place to drink in the mountain sights with a nightcap.
Taking notes from its spectacularly verdant surrounds, the dining showcases the best in Peruvian cuisine, making use of only the freshest ingredients. You’ll have the choice between à la carte and buffet meals with Andean specialities served alongside international delicacies. And, after a day’s exploring, return to a traditional cocktail at the Tampu Bar, relax with an Incan-inspired treatment at the spa or enjoy a presentation on Machu Picchu’s history and flora – much of which can be found in the hotel’s gardens.