Seeking Solace At Machu Picchu

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The mysterious ruins of Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas, is one of the most intriguing places in the world-for both its spectacular scenery and ancient wellness traditions. However most wouldn’t necessarily consider it to be on the list of hottest destinations to spa. That is until now. With gorgeous retreats offering regional specialties, Peru is making a name for itself in the global spa community. Here are two sanctuaries worth the trek.

A sustainable retreat
With locally produced, hand-harvested ingredients at the heart of all of its treatments, Tambo del Inka Resort & Spa, Valle Sagrado brought a new level of sustainability to the area when it debuted April 2010. The spa is committed to making a minimal impact on the environment and uses ancestral Incan ingredients, such as coca leaves, volcanic mud and gold, in a number of its treatments. But what makes this spa a “must” is its impressive panoramic views of the Andes and its private train station with trips directly to Machu Picchu.

A peaceful escape
Located on Peru’s coast, The Spa at Paracas fuses the culture of the Inca region with contemporary touches to create a truly unique luxury hotel. The spa is serious about designing one-of-a-kind experiences for the solo visitors or groups, and prides itself on its natural treatments that incorporate various healing cultural arts from around the world.

Can’t make it to Machu Picchu? Try and incorporate ingredients from the region into your skin-care routine. Peruvian cocoa bean, known for its ability to stimulate cell renewal, makes Amala Rejuvenate Treatment Oil ($186) a potent skin-restorer. And Inca Inchi oil from Peru-one of the world’s richest plant sources of omega 3s-in Aromatherapy Associates Rich Repair Nourishing Cream ($85) helps renew skin’s vitality with intensity

For more extraordinary spa locations, check out the latest issue of NewBeauty magazine, on newsstands now.

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