South America's 12 countries cover a lot of ground, and in 2019, travelers finally started to take notice. There are the Brazilian beaches, of course, and the dramatic landscapes of Peru, but beyond the beaten tracks of these popular tourist destinations, there are also some remote retreats tailored for the adventurous souls, and we have the most breathtaking ones in our Collection.
Ivan & Rouslan Lartisien
Co-Founders of Grand Luxury Hotels
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, Brazil
The Belmond Hotel das Cataratas manages the feat of being a jungle escape and a luxury Brazilian retreat all at once. After all, it’s the only hotel to sit within the perimeter of the Iguaçu National Park with a splendid lookout over the Iguaçú Falls, and that’s an unbeatable location to explore the natural wonder…
In the 1920s, Buenos Aires was a belle époque dream, and the richest of the city’s landowning families, the Duhaus, decided to build a neoclassical palace as impressive as the Ch teau du Marais near Paris. And just like that, Palacio Duhau was born, scooped up decades later by Hyatt and turned into the city’s best hotel.
There is something beautiful happening in São Paulo. The city’s next generation is bringing it back to life, turning long-neglected neighborhoods into cultural hubs and reimagining their city to see beauty everywhere. And the 57-room Emiliano São Paulo, in the Jardins district, sits at the heart of all the action.
A short cobblestoned walk from Cusco’s central plaza, this hotel is a city retreat with ancient roots, and the decor reflects that. Think original Inca stone walls, colonial-era frescoes, gilded 17th-century details and a spa tucked below ground with glimpses of Inca ruins. It’s a place to see if you’re doing the Peru circuit.
Peru is a land of contrasts, and this second Belmond hotel offers a completely different kind of retreat to the one in Cusco. This time, we take you to a hidden gem in the Andes with just 20 bungalows and some of the most dramatic views of the Peruvian wilderness. It’s a different side of Peru...one where mornings start with treks in the valley, and afternoons culminate in tea served in an orchard.