20 Resorts in South & Central America That Are Too Beautiful for Words

Considering a trip to Central or South America? Ahead are 20 gorgeous resorts that go beyond accommodations (which, BTW, are seriously stunning). We’re talking amenities, activities and sensational views. No matter which one you choose, these gorgeous properties are sure to make it a vacation to remember.

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Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica At Peninsula Papagayo

Nestled within the unspoiled splendor of Peninsula Papagayo, this hilltop hideaway marries contemporary sophistication and Costa Rican ease. Indoor-outdoor living spaces showcase sustainable materials and local craftsmanship. The resort also touts two beautiful beaches, four sparkling pools and a posh spa. 

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Tambo Del Inka, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Valle Sagrado (urubamba, Peru)

Situated in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Tambo del Inka is a place where Andes traditions and contemporary comforts coexist harmoniously. (Think: Novoandina cuisine and indigenous spa treatments.) Did we mention it’s the only property in Urubamba with a private train station to Machu Picchu?

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The Singular Patagonia (puerto Bories, Chile)

Set on 100 acres in Puerto Bories, the Singular Patagonia gives guests unfettered access to the untrammeled beauty of the region. Of course, you’ll want to spend the majority of your time exploring the rugged terrain, whether that’s glacier expeditions or horseback riding. 

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Carmelo Resort & Spa (carmelo, Uruguay)

Perched on the banks of Rio de la Plata, Carmelo Resort & Spa, a member of the Unbound Collection by Hyatt, seduces with its serene atmosphere and spectacular views. Guests can opt for rooms overlooking the vineyard, forest or river. Trust us, there’s no wrong choice.

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Sol Y Luna (urubamba, Peru)

Sol y Luna is in the Relais & Châteaux family—so you know it’s amazing. IRL this epic property meets, nay exceeds, every expectation with its striking architecture, stylish quarters and gracious hospitality. Moreover, you can spend the day kayaking and mountain biking or indulging in dynamic cuisine.

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Conrad Cartagena (cartagena, Colombia)

In contrast to the rest of The Heroic City (or at least its fortified center), the Conrad Cartagena feels shiny and new—because it is. The 268-room oceanfront resort made its debut in 2017. Like hitting the links? You’re in luck. There’s a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course.

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The Vines Resort & Spa (mendoza, Argentina)

This five-star escape is positioned at the base of the Andes in Argentina's Uco Valley winemaking region. Laid-back luxury is a cornerstone and—as you can probably surmise—so is vino. Whether you’re touring the vineyard or enjoying an expert-guided tasting, the experience is nothing short of exceptional.

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Ka'ana Resort (san Ignacio, Belize)

Surrounded by the rainforest, Ka'ana Resort is the gateway to Belizean adventure. Thrill-seekers won’t want to miss the chance to trek through Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave or soak in the panoramas via helicopter while history buffs can explore the ruins of Tikal.

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Florblanca (santa Teresa, Costa Rica)

Wedged between the pristine beach and lush jungle, Florblanca epitomizes the pura vida spirit. Villas are complete with tubs and crocheted hammocks. Guests can take advantage of surf lessons, seaside yoga sessions and pampering spa therapies.

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Nayara Resort, Spa & Gardens (la Fortuna, Costa Rica)

Located in Arenal Volcano National Park, this bastion of romance and restoration is the ultimate couples’ getaway. It goes without saying that privacy and pampering are also part of the package. Plus, you can’t beat the setting with its tropical gardens and cecropia trees. You might even catch a glimpse of a cute sloth.

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Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa (easter Island, Chile)

An eco-retreat in every sense of the word, Hangaroa immerses guests in the beauty of the natural landscape. And if you’re looking for a stress-free getaway, this is the spot. There’s even a full board package that includes excursions, meals and spa rituals!

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Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas (foz Do Iguaçu, Brazil)

Don’t let the name deceive you: Belmond Hotel das Cataratas is most certainly a resort. It occupies a prime position in Iguaçu National Park, just steps from the legendary cascades. Visitors can venture out in a speedboat or savor a cocktail by the swimming pool. 

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Courtesy of Hacienda AltaGracia, Auberge Resorts Collection

Hacienda Altagracia (pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica)

Pérez Zeledón brims with coffee, pineapple and sugarcane plantations plus cloud forests and emerald valleys. In the bosom of this verdant region is Hacienda Altagracia. With its trademark combination of warm hospitality and action-packed thrills (be sure to book an ultralight flight tour), you’ll never want to leave.

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Grand Hyatt Rio De Janeiro (rio De Janeiro, Brazil)

The Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro—an urban retreat in the enviable Barra da Tijuca neighborhood—captures the spirit and infectious energy of the city. Contemporary design meets Brazilian flair with a major dose of grandeur. The result is exuberant, lavish and oh-so irresistible.

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Llao Llao Resort (bariloche Río Negro, Argentina)

Advertised as the most exclusive retreat in Argentine Patagonia, Llao Llao Resort backs up its claim with breathtaking vistas of peaks and lakes. (Can you say Instagram gold?) Impeccable service, rustic ambiance and a plethora of active recreation are also part of the appeal.

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Bahia Vik (josé Ignacio, Uruguay)

Bahia Vik is beachfront bliss. Sandy dunes, colorful murals and modern bungalows facing the South Atlantic Ocean—appointed with floor-to-ceiling windows and freestanding tubs—are just a few of reasons to fall for this Uruguay utopia. Sherbet-hued sunsets and wild horses enhance the fantasy-like feel.

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Tivoli Ecoresort Praia Do Forte Bahia (praia Do Forte, Brazil)

Love ecotourism? Let us turn your attention to this Praia do Forte property. A bastion of biodiversity, it tempts travelers with 74,131 acres of tropical rainforest, golden sands, crystalline waters and exotic wildlife. On top of that, you’ll find activities for all ages.

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Nannai Resort & Spa (porto De Galinhas, Brazil)

Inspired by its scenic surroundings (and how could you not be?), Nannai Resort & Spa is equal parts picturesque and peaceful. All 50 casitas are equipped with outdoor showers and jacuzzi tubs. And the personalized approach to hospitality makes every guest feel like a VIP.


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Explora Patagonia (torres Del Paine National Park, Chile)

Explora Patagonia will make you reevaluate all your beliefs about all-inclusives. First, it’s the only lodge in Torres del Paine National Park (next to—like, right next to—Salto Chico waterfall). Second, the accommodations are awe-inspiring. Third, it puts every possible outdoor pursuit at your fingertips. Need we go on?

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Ponta Dos Ganchos Resort (governador Celso Ramos, Brazil)

Honeymooners, take note! An alluring combination of romance and relaxation, Ponta dos Ganchos Resort is a slice of paradise with top-notch facilities and friendly staff. Villas boast saunas, ocean-view balconies, hammocks and hot tubs. Celebrating something special? Request a candlelight dinner for two.

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Lindsay Cohn is a travel writer and serial trip planner who has visited 46 countries across six continents (and counting). When not globetrotting, she’s most likely either doing...