Latin America

Latin American Gems Play to the Heart

written by | Posted on May 29th, 2012

From Inca cities to cosmopolitan metropolises, we’ve handpicked five unique hotels in South and Central America that embrace all the desirable elements for an idyllic honeymoon.

Luxury accommodations at Tcherassi Hotel + Spa in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

Fierro hotel buenos aires, argentina

With its cheek-to-cheek tango dancing and gorgeous citizenry, it’s easy to see why a couple looking for a cosmopolitan South American getaway would place sultry Buenos Aires at the top of their honeymoon short list. Throw in a hotty property like the 27-room Fierro Hotel Buenos Aires, and the list gets that much shorter. The property offers a Manhattan-style vibe with a location in the heart of Palermo Hollywood, a trendy neighborhood that’s a hub for some of the city’s top restaurants and fashionable nightclubs, as well as having a reputation for being “in the know” when it comes to fashion and furniture design. After partying till the wee hours or exploring the city to the tune of the hotel’s new music program—a playlist that will change monthly to “walk the city by”—couples can cozy up in their uber-designed rooms, which offer a subdued decor with plenty of vibrancy in the form of punchy colors thrown in. For honeymooners, recommend the Terrace Suite, a 535-sq.-ft. Art Deco haven on the top floor with a private outdoor jacuzzi and barbecue grill, luxurious linens and duvets, and Egyptian cotton towels, as well as bathroom comforts including rain showers, plush robes and an array of amenities by Organyco. The loving duo can even opt for an in-room massage and then hop on over to the ohso NYC-style rooftop pool, then come evening, check out the gardenviewing Hernan Gipponi restaurant, which is reputed by locals to be one of the city’s must-try eats, and then peruse the hotel’s private art collection before calling it a night. Rates for the Terrace Suite are $250 per night. Contact: fierrohotel.com

tcherassi hotel + spa, colombia

Chic doesn’t end in Buenos Aires, as the fabulously “fashionable” Tcherassi Hotel + Spa in Cartagena de Indias proves. This 250-year-old, 7-room colonial mansion—the fi rst hotel by fashion designer Sylvia Tcherassi—is sleek and sexy, and a beautiful gem to recommend to clients seeking out colonial charm wrapped up in uber-styled design. Here, couples can expect guestrooms with high ceilings, rich wood fl oors, private balconies, and restored original stone walls, not to mention rain showers and sunken tubs—a delightful setting in which to enjoy the fi rst few days of marriage. Each guestroom—ranging in size from 400 to 1,200 sq. ft.—is unique and designed by Tcherassi herself, with names like Voila, Radzimir and our fave, of course, Gazar, the “crown jewel” penthouse with its private pool and garden views, as well as a panoramic view of the city from the private deck. If clients are able to pry themselves away from their gorgeous accommodations— not sure we would be able to—they can delight in VERA restaurant, which is made for romance as it offers authentic Italian coastal cuisine and is set within the mansion’s interior lush garden. The hotel beckons trendsetters with its own version of the hip rooftop pool and lounge, open only to hotel guests. And we can’t ignore the spa—it’s a central component to the property—with two treatment rooms and incorporating indigenous Colombian and South American practices and ingredients (recommend couples ask for a treatment on their private balcony). While out and about, the happy twosome can sightsee at La Popa Convent, the Palace of Inquisition, and the San Felipe de Barajas Fortress, the biggest Spanish fort in the New World.