The Palacio del Inka Spa Cusco in the Palacio Del Inka Luxury Collection Hotel is a great place to spend a few hours if you’re looking for some pampering. At 500 square metres, this spa is small but it manages to pack in all the features and treatments you would expect from a high end day spa in the heart of the city.

As its name ‘Palace of the Inca’ suggests, the decor throughout the spa is one of luxury. Illuminated onyx walls in the relaxation area, soothing beige toned marble walls and gold and chocolate colours throughout create a space of decadence and luxury.

This spa has six treatment rooms with one double treatment room for couples or friends, a jacuzzi, sauna, steam chamber complete with starry sky, a hydrotherapy pool and both a wet and dry relaxation room.

The treatments on offer include facials, massages (including couple’s massages), body wraps, body scrubs and manicures and pedicures and they use the Italian Germaine de Capuccini range of products.  They also have various spa packages such as the signature ‘Qoricancha Highlights’ package, inspired  by the adjacent Qoricancha Palace where you can indulge in 150 minutes of true Incan style relaxation which includes a body exfoliation, Jacuzzi, use of the hydro massage showers, a gold mask body wrap finished off with a gold emulsion massage.

I tried the hydrotherapy circuit and was pleasantly pummelled by the different jets in the circuit. After the jets you move into the steam room and sauna before relaxing in the star-lit relaxation room. I returned to my room positively relaxed with all my muscles soothed!

Here are the reasons why we rate Palacio del Inka as one of our top picks for day spas in Cusco: 1. friendly staff, 2. excellent quality treatments 3. an abundance of fluffy towels  4. little extra details like the staff heating your robe or drying your swimming togs when you come out of the pool.

 Best of Peru Travel Recommends:

  • If your body is sore after hiking the Inca trail or you just need a bit of TLC, try out the thermal circuit. Soothing colours and aromas accompany you as you move through the sauna, steam room, hydro massage showers, hydrotherapy pool and finally end up in the relaxation room lying on a heated lounger listening to bird song. A perfect treat for a tired body and soul!
  • The pearl facial is another one of our favourite treatments if your skin is dry from the high-altitude air.

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