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Seeking The Lap Of Luxury? Check Out These Hotels And Resorts In South America
South America, with its rich blend of cultures, has attracted tourists for generations. For those looking to bask in the lap of luxury for a few days, weeks, or more, there are many accommodations.
From history to food, the continent delivers on all fronts. Peru was the home of the mighty Inca Empire, which was one of the most advanced of its time. Brazil boasts fantastic beaches and much of the Amazon rainforest. Black American tourists flock to Colombia, because of its rich, African ties. Guyana identifies with the Caribbean and is the only nation in South America with English as an official language. Along with Brazil, Spanish isn’t the official language of Guyana.
If you want a hotel in an urban environment, you have choices. If you crave a change of scenery, there are lovely accommodations in the deserts and rainforests. Here are some of the top favorite luxury hotels and resorts in South America.
Masphi – Ecuador
Masphi advertises itself as a rainforest hotel in the clouds. If you love nature and wildlife, you needn’t look elsewhere, at least not in Ecuador.
The hotel boasts that it is “the place to encounter 400 species of birds, trees, frogs, endemic species found nowhere else in the world, complete with crashing waterfalls and incredible flora.” Bird-watching, hiking, and swimming in the rivers—you’ll find all that and more here.
The guest rooms allow you to take in views of the rainforest from every angle. Be sure to treat yourself to tasty Ecuadorian cuisine and unwind at the spa.
Carmel Taíba Exclusive Resort – Brazil
The architecture at this Brazilian resort is next level. The 36 accommodations “are divided into elegant villas with indescribable views, designed to guarantee comfort and luxury in the smallest detail.”
Along with the accommodations, the services offered are top-of-the-line. It’s a great resort for solo travelers, groups, and couples on their honeymoon.
Sofitel Legend Santa Clara – Colombia
Located in Cartagena’s historical center, this five-star hotel is part of the Sofitel collection. Choose from the classic, superior, and deluxe rooms, or one of the many suites.
If you want to be pampered like a person of status, book the Presidential Suite with its magnificent communal areas and bedroom. This suite comes with a private round-trip airport transfer, butler service, and VIP treatment.
There’s an impressive selection of activities like yoga, mixologist classes, and rum and chocolate tastings. One bizarre activity you can do here is Feet Under Water. Participants (couples, usually) enjoy a six-course lobster menu, and somehow, your feet are involved. If this tickles your fancy, contact the hotel for details.
Tierra Atacama Hotel – Chile
Some of the landscape here resembles Joshua Tree in California, except you’re in Chile. From each room, enjoy views of the Atacama desert, which is the world’s driest desert. What a sight to wake up to each morning!
The ideal guest for this kind of accommodation loves the outdoors. During the day, you can book a half or full-day tour of the desert with an experienced and friendly guide. Each guide designs your excursion based on your physical capabilities and stamina.
Because of the Atacama’s conditions, namely the lack of light pollution and low humidity, there are some incredible stargazing opportunities here, too.
Casa Grande Hotel – Bolivia
Located in La Paz, this business hotel is chic and sophisticated, appointed with 65 rooms.
It isn’t in the middle of nowhere; you’re right in the commercial center. If you want to grab a coffee, head to Buena Vista Lab and Store. They serve some of Bolivia’s best coffee for you to enjoy on-site, or purchase.
When you’ve finished working for the day, treat yourself to a delicious dinner at the hotel’s signature eatery, Yerba Buena Restaurant and Terrace. Finally, there’s Casabar, where you can enjoy a cocktail on the terrace at sunset.