Experience hotels offer so much more than just excellent service, a comfortable bed and a nice breakfast. Here are our Top 5 experience hotels in Latin America;
This fabulous property by environmentally conscious Inkaterra is tucked away from the town of Aguas Calientes and sits in 12 acres of cloud forest. 214 different bird species have been recorded and it boasts the world’s largest collection of native orchids. A tour of the gardens is included as part of your stay. The Unu Spa continues the nature theme with naturally derived local ingredients and an intriguing dose of the mysticism of the Andes . Try a Quinoa facial, or Coca leaf treatment designed to improve circulation. The hotel will even arrange marriage vow renewals or traditional Andean ceremonies with a local Shamen. Read more about this hotel.
Many hotels aim to connect with their surrounding environment. I’d argue few do it as well as Tierra Patagonia. With landscapes like this you don’t want to tear yourself away for a second and this hotel has views at every turn thanks to its long, linear design and enormous windows. Warm wood and natural materials create an inviting ambience to relax in after spending a day out in the wilds of Patagonia. The hotel is constantly looking for new routes to offer guests more offbeat experiences, as well as the ‘must do’s of this stunning, but often busy National Park. Whether you want to hike all day long, take more leisurely nature walks or relax in the spa you can create your own once in a lifetime experience here. Read more about this hotel.
I can’t decide what’s better, the journey or the destination when it comes to Pacuare Lodge. You get here by white water rafting through pristine rainforest, passing through canyons and plummeting down the rapids of crystal clear water. You’re hard efforts are rewarded when you arrive with a stay in one of the most beautiful eco lodges the continent has to offer. During your stay you can hike to a hidden waterfall, take to the river again or visit the nearby local communities where many of the lodge’s staff live. Read more about this hotel.
Well and truly off the beaten track, this Estancia style property has just 14 rooms. It’s the gateway to the Ibera wetlands which offer an enormous wealth of wildlife. Caiman, capybaras, deer and otters as well a countless species of birds can be seen. You feel off grid here and soon slow down to the pace of nature. The stunning cuisine makes use of the propery’s own organic garden and there’s an impressive wine list. Read more about this hotel.
It’s all about the location with this hotel. Belmond’s Das Cataratas hotel is the only one within the Iguassu falls national park on the Brazilian side. Guests have exclusive access to the falls at dawn and in the evening, and there’s a great pool to retreat to when the crowds start building up (and they do). Splash out on a helicopter ride for a bird’s eye view of the entire falls, or get splashed with the Macuco boat safari which takes you right up to thundering Devil’s throat. The low rise pastel pink and terracotta buildings lend a laid back, distinctly Brazilian feel to the place. Read more about this hotel.
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