What: A 5 star luxury retreat, once a Spanish colonial Jesuit seminary 3000m above sea level.

Where: In Cuzco, noted for being the oldest city in the Americas and the heart of the historic Inca Empire in Peru.

Why: Surrounded by impressive architectural ruins and mesmerizing vistas, the Hotel Monasterio is located three hours away from Machu Picchu high up in the Andes Mountains. To facilitate absolute comfort in their high altitude luxury dwellings, guests have the option of having pure oxygen pumped into their bedroom as one of the many unique amenities provided by this one-of-a-kind retreat. While traces of Spanish colonial architecture are still noticeable throughout the hotel, no two bedrooms are decorated alike, yet all offer modern creature comforts typical of a five star resort. Peruvian and international cuisine is served in the modern Illariy restaurant; for more local dishes, guests may choose to dine in the former refectory, now home to the El Tupuay restaurant. Also on the property resides a museum displaying art from the 18th century, perfect for those who wish to reflect on the centuries of history in which this hotel is steeped.