Well, well. You’ve been thinking about taking a different kind of trip lately, and you know it has to be the best of the best. So what does South America have to offer for the more decadent traveler? We had to know too, and it turns out there are more than a few gems hidden away in the Southern hemisphere. Ay, Caramba!
Tropical extravagance doesn’t get enough press, but South America is really something special. From the bustling and spicy cities to quiet indigneous islands, there’s something for everyone! Let’s take a peek of the sampling, amigos.
Ponta dos Ganchos: Brazil
Ponta dos Ganchos is often spoken about as one of the very best resorts on the continent. Set in the green forests of Brazil, this vacation destination is actually located on two islands connected by a bridge. A great start, but it is the perfectly clear turquoise tone of the ocean that really makes it a piece of paradise regularly attracting famous and wealthy people worldwide. And of course, there are amenities fit for this crowd – galore!
Visitors can choose between 25 different private bungalows and a special spa. What’s so unique about this spa, you ask? Why, it was designed by Christian Dior! When you’re not getting pampered, you can take a dip in the heated pool or enjoy a private game of tennis. The island offers gorgeous hiking trails, and the paradise of Brazilian wilderness is a sight to be seen! For only $600 a night, you too can enjoy the luxury at Ponta dos Ganchos. Why not?
Belmond Copacabana Palace: Brazil
Rio de Janeiro is the setting for this Brazillian getaway, one of the most exciting cities in the world – especially during Carnivale! If you’re coming to the area, why not stay in the hotel used for a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film? Or for that matter, Nelson Mandela’s room of choice? The Belmond Copacabana Palace is absolutely elegant and decadent, the perfect combination set against a tropical mountain backdrop. It’s no small place, either: 130,000 square feet offers plenty of space to stretch and relax while appreciating the scenery of the famous Copacabana beach. Some say it’s the best waterfront in Brazil, and guests have private access!
The hotel was designed by a French architect to look like the buildings on the Riviera back home. Très chic! Or perhaps we should say, “Muito elegante”? Guests at the hotel can access a wide array of luxury amenities. The rooms include 71 suites and seven penthouses, and gorgeous views of the Brazilian beach landscape please the eyes morning to night. A spa that offers Shiseido treatments and a hair salon are available everyday. A sauna and a fitness room are simply standard now, and the Belmond Copacabana Palace doesn’t disappoint in that respect. And of course, the experience includes 21 high foot ceilings with crystal chandeliers, Persian rugs, and rich wood floors. Sound interesting? A room can be yours for just $450 per night.
Loi Suites Chapelco Hotel: Argentina
Leaving Brazil altogether, it’s time to take a look at its main cultural rival: Argentina! Did you know there was competition between these two countries? If you want to evaluate their claims, the Patagonia region of Argentina might be a good place to start. This place can get pretty snowy sometimes, something Brazil certainly cannot say. In the warmer seasons, the Loi Suites Chapelco Hotel offers amazing golfing opportunities set against the backdrop of the Andes Mountains. And for only $100 a night? Yes, please!
The resort has plenty of luxury for your temporary mountain home away from home, including an exquisite wine cellar. Did you know that Argentina is currently the sixth largest wine producer in the world? The industry has gotten pretty big, and the government declared this to be the country’s official national liquor in 2010. When you’re not sampling the white and red or playing a round of golf, you can relax in the jacuzzi or outdoor pool. Or the indoor pool, for that matter!
Hotel Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa: Chile
Chile is a very long and skinny country with a lot of different beaches. Maybe that’s because it boasts more than 6,000 km of Pacific Ocean shoreline! The Tierra Atacama is actually set in the desert though, and guests will have views of lagoons while enjoying traditional Chilean dishes at the hotel restaurant. Alright, something a bit out of the box!
But what is the cuisine of Chile, really? It turns out to be a delightful combination of Spanish dishes mixed with local ingredients and Indigenous Mapuche influence. European ideas from Germany, France, and Italy also got thrown in the mix at some point! And of course, wine. Chile is right behind Argentina, ranking number seven on the world producers list today. ¡Buen provecho! The hotel offers a spa with a hot tub and a swimming pool, and has been highly rated for couples travel. For only $630, you can experience unique luxury in the deserts of South America!
Titilaka Lodge: Peru
While many Americans may be familiar with the traveling traditional flute players from Peru at festivals across the country, maybe it’s time to see where it all started! A luxury lodge awaits you on Lake Titicaca, the highest accessible lake for humans! 12,500 feet sky high is more than what most of us are used to, isn’t it? And it turns out that we are back again at the Andes mountain range, which is a lovely backdrop for guests at the private Titilaka Lodge. Smaller and secluded, it contains only 18 rooms. Fun fact: This lake was actually the birthplace of the Incas, and they believed it was the start of the sun itself. There are ruins to be found in the surrounding area for history buffs, that’s for sure.
So what can you find in the lodge during your stay? Guests have access to boats, bikes, and hiking trips in this pristine nature. Additionally, many special trips are offered, including a visit with a native tribe on a secluded island and a trip to Bolivia on the other side of the lake. Upon return, heated floors, massage showers, giant tubs, and more offer relaxation and rest. The authentically decorated suites have lake views, and the beauty cannot be understated! For $1,300 a night, you can check off Peru from your bucket list in style. Do you dare?