Banos de Inca Travel Guide
Tropical spas usually mean world-class workout facilities, intense yoga classes and steep prices. But that's not the case at Hotel & Spa Laguna Seca in Cajamarca, Peru, about a two-hour flight from Lima. The 42-room resort may not have exercise classes or meditation--in fact,guests can even smoke in the dining area--but it has enough deluxe accommodations that even the most stressed of travelers can unwind.
Guests lounge in fluffy white terry-cloth robes between unique spa treatments like Turkish bath sessions, dips in geothermal pools, and one-and-a-half-hour mud messages and mineral baths that cost a fraction of typical costs in the U.S. or Europe. (Double occupancies start at $120 a night and massages will set travelers back a mere $40.)
But guests don't need to partake in Laguna Seca's lengthy service menu to enjoy all the resort has to offer. Rooms boast beautiful views of the grounds, which include gardens, cobblestone courtyards and fountains. And each bathroom has its own huge sunken tub that's perfect for unwinding, with the same geothermal water Incas swore by for medicinal purposes. [Photo: NYT Times