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MAR-APR 2013

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Indulgent bathrooms at Palacio Nazarenas boast a soaking tub and separate shower with rain shower head and body sprays, under-foor heating and Peruvian travertine marble d��cor. A bedroom in the Grande Suite at Palacio Nazarenas. Te interior design was serene and appropriate to the magnifcently restored building���s humble roots. Hand painted details adorned the vaulted ceiling and plaster walls, while wall niches served as a receptacle for objects that gave a nod to Catholicism. Richly colored textiles comprised the upholstery and accent pillows. Passing through the bedroom furnished with an iron, four-poster bed, there was a large walk-in closet with both silk and terrycloth robes, an even bigger bathroom with fluffy, monogrammed towels, an oversized soaking tub, and separate shower with rain shower head and body sprays, under-foor heating and Peruvian travertine marble d��cor. Two sets of six-pane windows fanked by blue painted shutters overlooked a central courtyard landscaped with indigenous fowers and kitchen herbs. Te tranquil sound of fowing water emanated from a multitude of fountains as well as a steady stream of water that is pumped through water channels designed to mimic irrigation channels found throughout the Sacred Valley and at Machu Picchu. Though tempted by the complimentary cocktail bar stocked with rum, Peruvian pisco, simple syrup, lemon juice, egg whites, and recipe cards to whip up signature cocktails, I opted for even more coca tea to accompany a welcome plate of gourmet chocolates in the hope that it would counter an altitudeinduced headache. Enjoying our modifed high tea, we explored destination information pre-loaded on an in-room iPad. Palacio Nazarenas has the unique distinction of laying claim to Cusco���s first outdoor heated swimming pool. Located within the largest of seven cloistered terraces, the pool area, which also includes the Senzo Bar and Restaurant, serves as the social hub of the hotel. While it was a treat sitting poolside at lunch savoring a fresh, colorful salad and surveying the surrounding rooftops and hillsides, our fivecourse dinner later that evening inside the candlelit restaurant was the culinary high water mark of the entire trip. Every detail ��� from the chilled hollowed-out stone that held butter striped with cocoa and salt to accompany the warm bread service, to each of the colorful, inventive and artfully plated courses so lovely that it (almost) seemed a shame to disturb their composition ��� was absolute perfection! slmag.net 41

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