Latin America

Latin American Gems Play to the Heart

written by | Posted on May 29th, 2012

The Tcherassi Honeymoon package includes two nights in a Grand Superior room; breakfast in room; welcome peppermint lemonade; roundtrip airport transfers; special in-room decor, champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries; Silvia Tcherassi wedding gift (Tcherassi robes for him/her, plus handmade fl ower pin for her); couple’s Spa Ritual; and private romantic dinner with wine. Rate is $1,615 plus tax. Contact: tcherassihotels.com

aranwa cusco boutique hotel, peru

Voted one of the “Seven Most Romantic Hotels in Latin America” by Latina magazine and located in the heart of Cusco in Peru, this casona, a 16th century mansion with a baroque facade and fountained courtyard that’s been deemed a National Historic Landmark, lures honeymooners seeking an experience that can only be found in Peru. This is Cusco, after all, the site of the historic capital of the Inca Empire, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the “Tourist Capital of Peru.” History-loving pairs will relish the 43 guestrooms, each of which have been individually designed, playing up the bygone era appeal with original artwork from the Cusco school, colonial sculptures, carvings, and frescoes gracing the walls, not to mention period furniture and antiques. Couples will also find that they’ve stepped into heaven in the spa-like marble bathrooms, which feature deep-soaking tubs, jacuzzis, multi-jet shower rooms and heated floors. For newlyweds looking to up the ante on their Peruvian experience, recommend the onsite Mishti Mestizo Restaurant, whose menu consists of true Peruvian cuisine, or tell them to make a detour to luxuriate in the intimate spa’s Andean Exclusivities, which make use of indigenous ingredients in creating body treatments (spa is set to open later this year). Once they step out of this lovely oasis, the newly married couple can discover all of Cusco’s notable attractions, including Qoricancha, the most famous archaeological site in the city; San Blas, Cusco’s artistic neighborhood; and top-notch museums such as The Pre-Columbian Art Museum and the Museum of Religious Art.

The 2-night Romance package includes breakfast; rose petal turndown; jacuzzi bubble bath sprinkled with rose petals; and one 3-course dinner at Mishti Mestizo Restaurant with a bottle of wine. Rates for the package start at $613 for a classic room and $747 in a deluxe room. Contact: aranwahotels.com/cusco

parador resort & spa, costa rica

In Costa Rica, it’s an adventure of a different kind for couples who venture to the Manuel Antonio National Park area for a stay at Parador Resort & Spa, located high above the Central Pacific coastline on 12 acres of rainforest—this is the place for newlyweds who like to explore lush landscapes teeming with wildlife in the morning and then in the afternoon take in the sun with drink in hand on miles of white sand beach, on stunning Playa Biesanz. Couples can choose from an array—and it’s a long list—of activities including exploring Manuel Antonio, canopy ziplining, whitewater rafting, jet skiing, horseback riding, mangrove touring, kayaking, ATV touring, surfing lessons, scuba diving and sportfishing. After that, recommend clients check out the tranquil Pacifica Spa for the signature Capuccino Scrub, a nourishing and exfoliating treatment that takes advantage of the antioxidants in Costa Rica’s coffee beans.