Set in a tranquil plaza behind Cusco’s main square, the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is a former palace and convent emerged from years of restoration to become one of the city’s most exclusive hotels. 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. This intimate urban retreat has just 55 suites, each enriched with oxygen and with its own private bar where guests can create drinks accented with fresh ingredients grown at and around the hotel. Each tranquil terrace and patio is landscaped with indigenous flowers and kitchen herbs. Fountains and flowing water channels echo the irrigation channels of the agricultural terraces found in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. A large chapel is located near the ancient wooden doors that mark the entrance to Belmond Palacio Nazarenas. Restored and preserved, the chapel’s gallery now serves as a guest lounge. The second floor houses the library, which also displays Peruvian artifacts. This Belmond luxury hotel is the epitome of culture and class. With many historical sites within the city, Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is the perfect place to not only explore from, but to settle in and enjoy a relaxing moment away from your life as you are taken back to a completely different place and time.