South America's diverse landscape and iconic historic sites draws travelers from around the planet. From snow-capped Andean peaks to spectacular beaches and surreal islands, this continent is home to some truly spectacular destinations. If you're thinking about a visit to South America, there are an array of gorgeous resorts that go far beyond lodging and offer amenities, activities and awe-inspiring views that will blow you away. Read on to discover five stunning resorts that will make your South American vacation unforgettable.
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
Machu Picchu, Peru
If you want to get up close and personal with the most legendary UNESCO site on the continent, a stay at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is perfect for you. In fact, it's the only hotel adjacent to the enigmatic ancient Incna citadel. You will be treated like a VIP and have access to Machu Picchu from early in the morning to late afternoon. You'll be able to explore the relics in privacy before or after the day visitors and buses bearing tourists. Relax on your own private terrace and dine on amazing Peruvian cuisine made with produce grown on the Lodge’s own garden.
Kenoa Beach Spa and Resort, Barra de Sao Miguel, Brazil
This eco-chic resort is defined by the natural beauty of its location. Situated between a miles of lush natural reserve and the stunning Barra de São Miguel beach, Kenoa is one of Brazil's most alluring resorts. This intimate experience offers the calling cards of luxury — world-class dining, sophisticated design and serene beachside lounging — with the unobtrusive charm of a private sanctuary.
Carmelo Resort and Spa
The Carmelo Resort and Spa is set among the pine and eucalyptus forests along Uruguay's Rio de la Plata. You'll never want to leave after you have been seduced by its tranquil atmosphere and fabulous views. Carmelo’s rooms offer views of its own vineyard, the serene forest or a tranquil river, so you can't go wrong no matter where you stay. Each room has its own private garden, wood-burning fireplace and terrace, for that romantic outdoor dinner and drinks.
Tambo Del Inka Resort and Spa
If you want a luxury resort in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, then a stay at Tambo del Inka is in order. You will be bathed in extravagance from exquisite dining to therapeutic spa experiences in an awe-inspiring setting that features an emerald lagoon and enchanting riverside gardens. The menu boasts an amazing farm-to-table menu that includes some of the best Peruvian cuisine in the Americas. Plus, with its own private train station to Machu Picchu, you'll be in the heart of history in no time.
Bahia Vik José Ignacio
José Ignacio, Uruguay
If you want to stay at a truly stunning resort, then you have to check out Bahia Vik José Ignacio, the winner of Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Award for 2017. This posh resort is set on Uruguay’s southeastern coast and offers top-shelf accommodations in its own slice of paradise. This chic resort is all about art, architecture and design, but doesn't skimp on the amenities or adventures. Go horseback riding on the beach and then enjoy whale watching during the South American spring (Sep-Nov). End your day sipping delicious VIK wine while enjoying a bonfire on the beach.