A “tambo” is a “place to rest” in the Quechua language, and Tambo Del Inka is indeed a place to rest. The resort exudes calm and relaxation. The lighting is soft, the art draws you in, and the public areas encourage you to sit and recharge. Cuddle up on a couch by the 12 meter high lobby fireplace, lounge in a chair overlooking the Urubamba River, or replenish your energies in the bar or restaurant.
Tambo Del Inka is a spa resort that takes its spa name seriously. They go well beyond the typical massage and hot tub, offering specialized treatments in rooms built to suit, including several hydrotherapy rooms. Afterward, you can relax on a heated lounge chair and try to keep the riverside in view as your eyes grow heavy with contentment.
There’s a stunning indoor-outdoor pool, a gym and yoga room, and saunas and hot tubs in the change rooms, separate from the spa. Tambo del Inka offers excellent dining, indoors and outdoors, and their breakfast (included in rates) might be the best one I had in Peru.
The resort’s 128 rooms are all luxuriously outfitted, as you would expect from a hotel that is a member of Starwood’s Luxury Collection. Opened in May 2010, the resort is nestled on the edge of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley. Snow-capped mountains surround the area, and the hotel’s grounds have several pools with waterfalls that offer the pleasing sound of running water and reflect the big sky.
The resort has its own private train station so that you can easily get to Aguas Callientes, the base of Machu Picchu, and back again to enjoy this magnificent place to rest.
You won’t be alone — Tambo del Inka was just awarded a top 10 place in Trip Advisor’s best worldwide hotels of 2015.