The World's Most Romantic Hotels: South America
Honeymoons, anniversaries, engagements, make-ups — there are plenty of reasons to be amorous. Find love in all the right places with this list of romantic destinations in South America.
Where: Buenos Aires
What's to Love: White leather armchairs, red velvet in the rooms, and Cabaret Faena — all courtesy Philippe Starck. Feels like an Almodovar movie set.
Good to Know: The hotel holds the largest collection of wines in Argentina. More than 400 wines are stored within the brick walls in a sophisticated and elegant dungeon-like space.
What's to Love: A short boat ride down the river makes you feel ever further away from civilization, but the delta lodge is all about the finer things. Private rooms are connected to the common areas by tree-shaded wooden bridges. Might as well be white glove service, amazing meals, and excellent soaking tubs make it hard to leave.
Good to Know: Take a pre-dinner cocktail and appetizer in the library where you can sneak in a quick round of Jenga.
What's to Love: Isolated vineyard retreat in what feels like the middle of nowhere — and pretty much is. It's no longer open to the public but is available for private events.
Good to Know: Art lovers will be thrilled by the stunning (and very unlikely) James Turrell museum on the property.
Ponta dos Ganchos
Where: Florianopolis, Brazil
What's to Love: You can reserve a private island at night for dinner-for-two; approach by walking over a candlelit bridge.
Good to Know: It's a secluded, adults-only retreat on a peninsula surrounded by rainforest.
Uxua Casa Hotel
What’s to Love: A beautiful Bahia beachfront retreat with a handful of casas: Some are restored fishermen's cabins, some are built with local artisans in neo-rustic and eco style, one is a treehouse.
Good to Know: The Quintal Da Gloria casa has a mini-kitchen, canopy bed, and a second-floor balcony overlooking the garden and aventurine stone pool.
Where: San Pedro de Atacama
What’s to Love: Forty-two rooms enveloped by the Cordillera de la Sal mountain range and an open-air observatory will make lovers swoon. The desert resort has wooden decks with five swimming pools, an international bar, and a cozy common room with a fireplace.
Good to Know: Rates are inclusive of food, drink, and excursions to to the Tatio Geysers and über-romantic sunsets in Valley of the Moon.
Hotel Agua Barú
Where: Barú Island, outside Cartagena
What's to Love: Three rooms, all thatched hut, luxury bungalows with private freshwater pools, stunning views, and major tranquility.
Good to Know: It gets pricey because all food and drinks are all shipped in from Cartagena. To save cash, bring a few bottles of wine and water and skip dessert — it was always disappointing anyway.
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What's to Love: A restored colonial house built in the 17th-century, the service is lovely, the breakfast is simple and perfect, the rooftop pool is a great place to spend hot afternoons, and the design is well conceived.
Good to Know: They only have six rooms, and the small ones are just too small. If a big room isn't available, stay at Casa Pestagua, another restored colonial house that's bigger and brighter with slightly less charm.
Where: Colca Canyon
What's to Love: Total seclusion from the outside world. (You may never feel as far away from everything as you do here.) The spa overlooking the dramatic River Colca, which runs through the entire property. The naturally heated thermal springs.
Good to Know: Be careful of altitude sickness. It's the ultimate mood killer.
Four Seasons Carmelo
What's to Love: Remote, rural oasis on the banks of the Rio de la Plata. You come here to relax and for the low country food, outdoor rain showers, and horseback riding.
Good To Know: Ten minutes up the road sits the lovely Puerto Carmelo compound where a fresh pasta meal and Tannat wine awaits at the charming, rustic Bodega y Granja Narbona.
Hotel El Garzon
What's to Love: Francis Mallmann's little hotel? If your soul doesn't turn to romance here, you should get a refund on your genitalia.
Good to Know: Seeing as Mallmann is one of South America's most celebrated chefs, it makes sense that food and wine — from boutique bodega Finca La Anita — are covered in the room rate. Dig in.
Posada del Faro
Where: Jose Ignacio
What's to Love: With just 13 guest rooms (and no two alike), this whitewashed villa overlooking the Playa la Mansa feels more like a friend's chic home than a hotel. The pool's swim-up honor bar allows you to whip up a cocktail while you work on your tan. Splurge on a room with a private terrace.
Good to Know: If you want to enjoy the true laid-back vibe of this fishing village, avoid December and January: Prices are higher and the town is mobbed. Mid-February and March are much more tranquil.
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Contributors: Sivan Askayo, Anna Watson Carl, Malika Dalamal, Kate Donnelly, Peter Kaminsky, Charyn Pfeuffer, Deborah Schoeneman.