The Latest Picks for the Top Hotels in South America



Want to know that are probably the most extremely regarded luxurious inns and resorts in South America? We’ve acquired some uncommon convergence with the Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards—if we simply follow the least influenced area that’s. If you take a look at CNT’s top-50 inns or top-50 resorts on this planet from their reader’s ballot, Latin America is totally absent aside from 4 of the most effective luxurious resorts in Mexico. It’s a recognition contest and a ballot-stuffing train, in spite of everything, and the highest inns in South America apparently simply don’t get sufficient readers from that fading journal.

Hotel Paracas Peru


Their regional picks match up effectively with our South America luxurious opinions, nonetheless, so we thought it could be enjoyable to spotlight the place we’ve discovered an settlement.

Don’t take these placements on a numbered record as gospel, nonetheless, and notice that they’re a sport, not an actual check of high quality. Always query the validity of the supposed “readers’ polls” put out by the large journey magazines total since they’re flawed from the beginning. I do know too many individuals within the business who’ve been a part of ballot-stuffing packages to consider these polls actually replicate what readers assume. It’s a part of the rationale many of the scores are so near excellent (normally 96 to 99 out of 100).

It’s additionally simply widespread sense that only a few of the true readers have been to greater than a minuscule fraction of the locations featured, a lot much less the varied inns in the identical vacation spot. I’ve stayed in 6 luxurious resorts in Los Cabos and I’m guessing that places me forward of 98% of CNT’s readers. I’ve stayed in 13 resorts within the Riviera Maya and 6 inns in Cusco, which might most likely give me a gold prize for probably the most expertise. But it’s my job. I wouldn’t have vacationed at that many locations and I doubt anybody has who just isn’t within the journey business.

People like me don’t vote in this stuff both as a result of the one time I did I gave up after an hour at it. It’s an excessive amount of work until you may have a number of time in your fingers or have a vested curiosity in who wins. Apparently I’m not alone: the lodge that acquired probably the most votes final time I noticed the methodology had acquired lower than 7,000 votes. That was 0.009% of their readership on the time.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo


Fortunately, South America is relatively immune from worst gaming irregularities as a result of many of the properties there don’t use a giant PR or advertising agency within the USA. So there’s no one to “vote early and often” with excellent scores for them—or their opponents. They rated the top-20 inns and the top-15 resorts, which is simply too many for us to record on this submit, so go right here and right here for the complete outcomes.

Here I’m simply going to spotlight the highest 10 picks for every class. Follow the hyperlink to see our detailed evaluation. It gives you much more data than the short abstract you’ll discover on the CNT web site and in contrast to their author, both I or one in all our correspondents has stayed in all of them.

The Top Hotels in South America

CNT listed 20 inns in South America and we’ve featured the entire high 10 besides one (a worthy one coming quickly hopefully). The second one on this record completely baffles me although. I hung out within the W Santiago final yr and located it wanting quite a bit worse for put on after Chile’s political struggles on high of its extra-long pandemic closure. Nobody had even set foot within the place for 2 years stable from March of 2020 by way of a part of 2022, so I’m unsure the way it scored so effectively in a 2023 reader’s ballot, particularly with a far superior Mandarin Oriental Santiago opening up within the metropolis.

Again, there’s at all times one thing fishy occurring behind the scenes, however generally you’ll be able to’t go flawed at these South America inns…

    1. Faena Hotel – Buenos Aires, Argentina
    2. W Santiago – Chile
    3. Rosewood Sao Paulo – Brazil
    4. Sofitel Legend Santa Clara – Cartagena (pictured under)
    5. W Bogota – Colombia
    6. Belmond Miraflores Park, Lima – Peru
    7. Palacio del Inka – Cusco, Peru
    8. Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel – Peru (pictured above)
    9. Copacabana Palace – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    10. Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sofitel Santa Clara Legend South America

The Best South America Resorts

Resorts go into a distinct class in that readers ballot and typically there’s a high-quality line between a rural lodge and a resort. Once once more, we’re scratching our heads with a number of of those. Finch Bay is good sufficient, however we’ve been there and it’s probably not as much as our readers’ requirements. Pikara is far nicer if you want to be a landlubber within the Galapagos Islands.

White Desert is a tour firm’s lodging and it’s on an entire completely different continent, not South America. Casa Real is a lifeless hyperlink on the CNT web site and we’re not even certain what nation it was in since that’s such a standard lodge title. There seems to be a wine lodge by that title in Chile, but when so the web site is down and we’ve by no means heard of it.

Here have been the readers’ alternative top-10 scorers for South America, with hyperlinks to our opinions the place relevant.

Mashpi Lodge in the cloudforest in Ecuador

  1. UXUA Resort – Trancoso, Brazil
  2. Mashpi Lodge – Ecuador (pictured above)
  3. Finch Bay Galapagos – Ecuador
  4. Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort – Peru
  5. The Singular Patagonia – Chile
  6. Tierra Atacama Hotel and Spa – Chile
  7. Casa Real – Chile?
  8. White Desert – Antarctica (* not in South America)
  9. Tierra Chiloe Adventure and Spa Hotel – Chile
  10. Nayara Hangaroa – Easter Island

Have an opinion concerning the high luxurious inns within the area? Take a take a look at the ballot and inform us your ideas!

Article by Timothy

Timothy Scott is the founder and editor of Luxury Latin America and has been protecting the area as a journey journalist because the mid-2000s. He has visited every nation we cowl a number of occasions and is predicated in a UNESCO World Heritage metropolis in central Mexico, the place he owns a house. See contact data right here.


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