For clients on a first or second honeymoon, South American offers a world full of awesome natural wonders, amazing man-made monuments, and cities and villages that are culturally involving. On a continent full of choices, here are 10 top picks for honeymooners looking for…
urban chic Buenos Aires is custom-made for couples who understand it takes two to tango: out dancing in a milonga social club, watching a nightclub tango show, or taking lessons together, bodies pressed heart to heart. Beyond the capital’s signature rhythm, honeymooners love B.A. for its best of everything in historic neighborhoods, museums, street fairs, steak houses, nightlife, and even a day trip by hydrofoil to neighboring Uruguay. In a city of top-notch hotels, one romantic pick might be the Park Hyatt in the fashionable La Recoleta quarter, incorporating the turn-of-the-century Palacio Duhau into its luxurious layout, set in beautiful gardens. Rooms all have LCD TV, high-speed Internet and WiFi access, CD-DVD player, personal bar, and elegant marble bathrooms. Park Hyatt’s Romance in the Park package includes luxury accommodations in an upgraded room type and daily breakfast for two (in restaurant or in room), a bottle of sparkling wine and strawberries with chocolate, $100 dinner credit, and 6 p.m. late check-out. Call for rates.
Contact: (877) 875-5036; buenosaires.park.hyatt.com
p.s. For different a honeymoon lifestyle, consider the quirky and comfy, distinctive and charming boutique hotels in the Palermo Viejo, Palermo Soho and San Telmo barrios, which share their neighborhoods with trendy shops, art galleries and fusion-cuisine restaurants.
jungle love Awesome Amazonia is indeed a lush area embracing one of the most biologically diverse regions on earth. Shared by many countries, Peru’s sector of this Amazon Basin offers a wonderland of black caimans and red-bellied macaws, giant otters in the rivers and howler monkeys in the canopy. A top spot for romancing in the rainforest is Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, sitting on the banks of the Madre de Dios River, a feeder for the mighty Amazon. The lodge invites honeymooners to escape together to rainforest luxury and plenty of pampering on its Romantic Getaway package that includes four days and three dreamy nights of Peruvian rainforest enchantment and a carbon neutral hotel stay. Inkaterra indulges each couple with champagne, daily delectable dining (including a special dinner a deux), exclusive souvenirs and surprises such as a cooling massage at the ENA spa and an energizing flowering bath. Priced from $846 per couple, the cost covers all guided nature excursions and airport transfers from/to Puerto Maldonado airport.
p.s. For that memorable Tarzan and Jane experience, know that not only does Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica have a 1,130-ft. Canopy Walkway but a Canopy Tree House, sitting 90 ft. up in the forest and furnished with beds, lavatory, portable toilet, windows with removable mosquito nets, a table and chairs, and services of a Canopy Butler—surely worth an extra night.
Contact: (800) 442-5042; inkaterra.com
desert, adventure y amor Chile’s Atacama Desert region is truly off the beaten path, or rather was before a bevy of stylish lodgings brought the good life to a very remote place and adventure travelers to the driest desert on earth. Located within the laid-back town of San Pedro de Atacama is Awasi, an intimate, rustically luxurious, architecturally stunning getaway lodge where couples can truly relax together and experience both the pure tranquility and adventure of desert life. Design, construction, layout and decor here represent luxury at its respectful best, and every element in the eight guest cottages—with generous spaces, private patio, a reading sofa, indoor and outdoor showers—reflects the region’s indigenous heritage. Each suite is assigned a private guide and 4WD vehicle to embark on private outings to the nearby volcanoes, dry salt lakes, fields of steaming geysers and thermal baths, pre-Inca fortresses and native villages. Before arrival, couples complete a questionnaire with their personal tastes and interests—such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, birdwatching, an intimate candlelit dinner with live music or a private star-gazing excursion with champagne—and the concierge fashions it all into unique and romantic experiences. Awasi’s all-inclusive rates for a 2-night stay start at $1,340 pp; included are transfers from/to Calama airport, all meals, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and private outings.
Contact: (888) 880-3219; awasi.com
ranch romance Some 30 miles up the coast from Uruguay’s famous Punta del Este resort, the go-to spot nowadays is Jose Ignacia, a former fishing village. And just five miles inland is Estancia Vik, a luxurious ranch where guests head for the stable and saddle up a criollo horse to ride the 4,000-acre range, which hosts 1,400 cattle and a top-class polo field. The hacienda, with its white adobe walls and red iron roofs, sits high on a rise overlooking a lagoon and the Atlantic. It’s a handsome, colonial-style building whose living and public areas are joined by covered walkways linking multiple courtyards and idyllic gardens. The 12 spacious suites are the most creative spaces anywhere, each displaying original art and murals—some with nudes abounding, others with landscapes or abstracts—by contemporary Uruguayan artists. Suite bathrooms feature sculptured wooden tubs and recessed rain showers, with the master suites adding outdoor showers on the patios. The blend of cool design extends to the brick barreled dining room for a private dinner for two (or more), to the art-filled living room, and to the Uruguayan parillero or bbq resembling a massive tin warehouse with graffiti-covered walls; a wood-burning fire grills up steaks and fish, served with other dishes relying heavily on the organic kitchen garden. In addition to riding (both horses and bikes), activities include canoeing, birdwatching, nature walks and polo lessons. Guests spending a day at the beach return for the early evening’s sensational views over hills, rivers and lakes, and couples having sunset cocktails by the courtyard pool will see it is dotted with fiber optic lights, mirroring the constellations above. Suites are priced from $500 per night, and rates include breakfast, in-room mini-bar and all soft drinks during the stay, wireless Internet access, indoor and outdoor activities, and access to sauna and gym.