A stunning historic former palace near to Machu Picchu has been revealed as the world’s top-rated luxury hotel.
The five-star Palacio Nazarenas, set in a tranquil plaza behind Cusco’s main square in Peru, came out on top of nearly 900,000 online hotel reviews.
Boasting 55 suites ‘enriched with oxygen’, the resort and spa is metres from Nazarenas Square, and close to the Inca sites of Machu Picchu, and the Ollantaytambo and Sacsayhuaman fortresses.
Prices start at £328 per night for rooms, and master suites include marble bathrooms, 24-hour butler service, handcrafted ceilings, and an in-room boutique.
A less static form of accommodation scooped second place in the world’s top-rated luxury hotels, with The Northern Belle receiving high praise from online reviewers, according to the ReviewPro Global Review research.
The Thirties-styled, Belmond-owned train offers overnight journeys in the UK, including to Scotland and the Lake District.
While Jumby Bay, a high-end resort on a 300-acre private Caribbean island accessible only by boat, scooped third place.
Nestled off the coast of Antigua, it boasts the Lazy Lizard villa, a sprawling 18,000-square-foot beachfront estate situated on five acres of tropical landscape, with a moated entrance.
The list was revealed as a top 10 as part of research which measured nearly 900,000 online guest reviews published during 2013 on more than 100 online travel agencies and review sites, in all five continents, in more than 45 languages.
It ranked The Oberoi Vanyavilas – India’s leading luxury jungle resort on the edge of the Ranthambhore Tiger Reservein – in fourth place. While in fifth place is the Four Seasons Tented Camp, Golden Triangle in Thailand, which promises ‘the adventure of a lifetime trekking elephants through lush jungle and spectacular mountain trails’.
RJ Friedlander, CEO of ReviewPro, said of the research: ‘Ninety-two per cent of hotel guests are influenced by reviews.
‘As luxury brands worldwide compete to deliver superior guest experiences, the insight provided by online reputation and social media analytics is key to their success.
‘By analysing almost 900.000 online guest reviews published during 2013, 1,696 properties and 84 brands in five continents, we are aiming at providing a comprehensive report tracking which luxury hotels brands are doing the best job of earning rave reviews from their well-heeled guests.’
In sixth place, nestling 8,250ft above sea level in the Himalayas, India, is Wildflower Hall, set in 23 acres of woods.
CordeValle, a luxury, secluded golf resort in San Martin, California, ranked seventh place; the stunning Oberoi, in Mauritius, surrounded by unspoilt beaches came eighth; and the elegant Olare Mara Kempinski in the Olare Orok Conservancy, Kenya, was ninth.
While high-end resort Las Ventanas al Paraíso, Mexico, was named the tenth best-reviewed resort in the world.