Latin America is a wonderful place of vibrant rainforests, amazing wildlife, arid deserts, snow-capped mountains. Surprising it may seem, but its luxury hotels are a good contrast to their inhospitable surroundings, offering expert-led excursions, ultra-contemporary design, gourmet dining, and luxe spas, which make a holiday that’s relaxing or adventurous as you like.
In this post, I will show you the top 10 luxury lodges and hotels in Latin America.
1. Tierra Atacama, Chile
The sprawling red landscapes and dust-covered stalagmites of Atacama may not seem to host a luxury lodge. However, Tierra is a good contrast to its inhospitable surroundings. The modern rooms contrasted with cowhide rugs and handwoven throws alongside the outstanding desert views which you will explore with a bike, horses, and hikes among the salt pans and canyons.
The fine-dining restaurant, cocktail bar, and luxury spa don’t hurt too. It’s outside’s lunar landscape is the true highlight here. It would not be called Moon Valley for anything where you can enjoy full-moon walks and stargazing with an astronomer.
2. Awasi Patagonia, Chile
Patagonia has only one Relais and Chateaux property which is located in its own reserve with stunning views of the Torres del Paine National Park. Staying here would mean enjoyment of all-inclusive gourmet meals – think local beef, lamb, king crab with fine cocktails and wine – a truly personalised experience from one of 14 villas – each with own private guide and 4WD.
You can also do mountain biking, horse-riding, and photo safaris which you can get a chance to spot a puma. Then each evening, you return to your private wood-fired hot tub and log-burning stove, viewing a pollution-free starry sky with wide panoramic windows.
3. Explora Easter Island, Chile
Staying at Easter Island can take the experience one up. Vaunting Jacuzzi-adorned rooms with massage areas, and spectacular panoramas, this is truly the island’s finest property. You can also do exploration where you can do boat rides among lava fields and volcanoes.
You can also go scuba diving and snorkelling in the crystalline waters, whose lack of algae and pollution make them some of the cleaners in the world. After discovering the destination, you can fuel up with classic South American dining accompanied by Chilean wines.
4. Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador
The luxury lodge and research station is the highlight of an Ecuador trip. Stunning minimalist rooms constructed out of steel and recycled wood look out over the misty forest from panoramic wraparound windows that you want to head out and explore more. Since it is situated among the world’s most biodiverse areas, you can enjoy walking among waterfalls, spotting exotic birds, learn from the expert naturalists, and participate in some conservation activities in the area.
If you are not into exploring, you can also do soaks in the hot springs spa, wellness treatments, yoga classes on the terrace, and chocolate sampling tours. You also enjoy eating in a spectacular glass-fronted room with their offered fresh steak and sea bass ceviche accompanied by Argentine or Chilean wine.
5. &Beyond Vira Vira, Chile
When it comes to experience design-led luxury, &Beyond brand, Vira Vira will surely give you that. Surrounded by dozens of glittering glacial lakes, frost-tipped volcanoes, and waterside villages, guests enjoy stunning views of the organic farm from lavishly modern rooms.
After the likes of fine dining, spa pampering, and yoga classes, days are spent doing everything from hot-spring soaks and dogsledding to fishing, helicopter hiking, and volcano flights.
6. Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, Sacred Valley, Peru
Located in the verdant valley and bordered by snow-capped Andean peaks, the secluded Inkaterra mixes the traditional hacienda with contemporary contrasts. From sunset walks and farm visits to horseback rides, mountain biking, and bird spotting, there are a whole host of ways to explore the nearby colonial towns and Incan ruins.
All the traditional features are juxtaposed with the in-room Ipads and ultra-modern bathrooms. The onsite organic farm produces delicious Andean cuisine paired with South American wines. Then, relax at the spa, with such treatments as hot-stone massages and facials on offer alongside a dry sauna and a plunge pool.
7. Belmond Rio Sagrado, Sacred Valley, Peru
The Belmond Rio Sagrado is another gem of Peru that brings all the classic style and tradition you would expect from the city. Activities here range from the likes of horseback riding and yoga to cycling and sacred offering ceremonies. On the other hand, the more relaxing pursuits come in the form of a heated pool, jacuzzis, and spa treatment rooms – an excellent place to unwind after a day of walking around the tranquil garden surrounds or feeding the baby alpacas.
Relax in the river-view-terrace-decorated rooms made of natural stone and dine in one of two restaurants beside a charming riverside bar that serves best cocktails.
8. Clos Apalta Residence, Colchagua, Chile
Clos Apalta, another wine haven, is located right among the vineyards of the Colchagua Valley, one of the premier wine regions in Chile. The onsite winery means sommelier-led tours abound and tastings.
Experience the vineyard views from stone-and-wood villas with traditional features – marble bathrooms with wraparound terraces and vaulted ceilings. Then, explore hiking through the rolling hills, mountain biking, horse riding, and relaxing at the infinity pool with a glass of wine or a poolside cocktail.
9. The Vines Resort and Spa, Mendoza, Argentina
The designer resort is perfect for those who want to experience an open kitchen with a celebrity chef serving up an open-flame Asado barbecue. The designer villas have rooftop terraces, spa pools, plunge pools, and outdoor hot tubs. This can be explored by walking through the vineyard and gardens. Enjoy also the wine tastings and tours in the onsite small-batch winery.
There is also a chance to head out on horseback rides, hikes, or fly-fishing accompanied by gaucho cowboys who will tell you stories of the local area.
10. Paradisus Princesa del Mar Resort and Spa
This all-inclusive luxury resort in Varadero is a rarity in Cuba. Known for its picturesque beaches, the resort is divided between its upper-tier Royal Service wing and standard accommodations. The 798 rooms opt made with elegant and subdued furnishings. All rooms include terraces or balconies with either pool or ocean views.
The Royal Service rooms include additional perks like butler service, jetted tubs, and some offer direct pool access. The action here centers on the resort’s three pools with two swimming-up bars and the beach. There are also seven restaurants, live entertainment, tennis courts, and a cigar bar. However, this is an adult-only property; families could consider the Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa as an alternative.