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5 Unique South America Honeymoon Spots

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Don’t most of us want the extrordinary? From tree houses in the depths of South Africa to private islands in the crystal blue waters of the Maldives, there are some incredible honeymoon retreats out there. Here are our top picks for the most unique honeymoon spots in South America.

For the Urbanite

1. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sea of Stars, Vaadhoo Island, Maldives

The city of Buenos Aires seems tailor-made for romance, and perhaps that’s why it was nicknamed the “Paris of South America.” Buenos Aires is one of the hottest honeymoon destinations right now and for good reason. For a fraction of the cost of a European vacation, honeymooners can enjoy an urban oasis, complete with a rich history, all the perks of a warm climate, and for those visiting from the U.S., less jet lag.

Best Time to Go: March-May and September-November

Two of our Favorite Places to Stay:

  • Alvear Palace Hotel – The Alvear Palace Hotel is located at the heart of Recoleta, the most exclusive neighborhood in Buenos Aires. An area with large parks, wide avenues and luxurious classic-style buildings, where the finest restaurants, cafés, antique shops and boutiques in Buenos Aires, are located.
  • Faena Hotel Buenos Aires – Faena Buenos Aires is nestled between two mirrored bodies of water. This vibrant spot in the heart of the city encourages people to find beauty in all things and discover the importance of cherishing each moment. As an emblematic focal point in this South American city, Faena Buenos Aires is a place where people can experience a different lifestyle rooted in culture and arts, and discover the importance of developing a deep consciousness of the here and now.

2. Rio De Janiero, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy a swimsuit-clad, carefree honeymoon in Rio de Janeiro. Though known as a beach paradise with sandy white beaches and the cool tide wherever you roam, this tropical city also has a lively culture, tasty dining, hip nightlife and fantastic shopping. For couples debating between the rest and relaxation of a beach and the lights and action of the city, Rio checks both. With breathtaking mountains and the tranquil ocean, the tropical setting of Rio oozes excitement and passion – the perfect honeymoon fiesta.

Best Time to Go: December – March

Two of our Favorite Places to Stay:

  • Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro – Located in Rio´s exclusive Barra da Tijuca, Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro has a stunning beach-front location overlooking the blue-green Atlantic Ocean. The 436 sophisticated rooms and suites are contemporarily designed to create a tranquil and modern atmosphere, with the cool-casualness Rio is famous for. Two signature restaurants designed by acclaimed Brazilian architect Arthur Casas showcase gastronomic choices that highlight local flavors.
  • Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro – Fasano brings it’s incomparable hospitality to Rio de Janeiro with a new hotel uniquely situated at the heart of the prestigious Ipanema Beach. Imagined by the renowned Philippe Starck, the decor is elegant and understated with signed pieces of the 1950’s and 60’s. The rooms’ private balconies and the pool area at the rooftop offer spectacular views of the coastline.

For the Nature Lover

3. Atacama,Chile

Starry Night Atacama

Welcome to the world’s driest desert. Here you’ll find salt flats, active geyser, blue lagoons and a stunning view of the Andes. Whether you want to spend your honeymoon relaxing in Alto Atacama’s spa or trekking through the desert valleys, this is a great destination. At night, you’ll likely grab a glass of pico sour or wine and stargaze for hours, either in the garden or perhaps on your private terrace, before returning to your spacious suite.

Best Time to Go: September to November and March to May

Two of our Favorite Places to Stay:

  • Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa – Designed to blend effortlessly into its landscape, Alto Atacama is a magnificent desert retreat. The hotel’s architecture incorporates the ancient building styles of the Altiplano natives, with architectural lines that echo the surrounding hills, and colors and textures that reflect nearby rocks and soil. Interiors feature a quiet luxury and authentic sense of place. The surrounding gardens are a microcosm of the desert, created with native materials and seeds, and planted entirely by hand. Moved with humble respect for nature and the local culture, we are proud to promote this piece of the world that has been their home for thousands of years and committed to protect their heritage. Alto Atacama is a multiple award winning hotel, a recognized luxury lodge, a stunning location… More than that, a place high up, closer to the stars.
  • explora Atacama – The explora Atacama lodge, hidden in a shady oasis in the high Atacama desert, is a true blend of modern South American style and traditional Andean influences, and characterized by bold architecture and strong colors. Guests enjoy luxury rooms with marvelous wood and tile accents, fabulous linens, custom-designed furnishings and spectacular views. The explora Atacama is the ultimate destination for those seeking adventure, natural beauty, and pristine landscapes.

4. Galapagos, Ecuador

View from Bartolome Island galapagos ecuador

The Galapagos Islands offer pristine white beaches, luxury hotels, peace and adventure for newly married couples looking to escape from the hectic pace of daily life. The Galapagos Islands offer honeymooners breathtakingly stunning scenery that can only be truly appreciated first-hand. Wake up every morning on your Galapagos honeymoon to a view of the crystalline ocean streaked with the morning sun, and a light sea breeze coming in through the open window. A suite with a balcony makes for the perfect way to start your day; after enjoying your breakfast in the open air, it will be difficult to leave!

Best Time to Go: December – June

Two of our Favorite Places to Stay:

  • Galapagos Safari Camp – Galapagos Safari Camp is a new way to experience the Galapagos Archipelago, either as a unique destination in itself or in addition to a cruise. Our eco-luxury tented camp follows the African safari tradition in which guests enjoy total comfort under canvas while experiencing nature in its purest form. GSC borders the National Park in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, by the tortoise reserve. The 55-hectare farm is on a ridge with magnificent views over the Pacific Ocean. The main lodge is perched on a hill, with panoramic vistas from its veranda. Nine luxury tents are scattered closely below the lodge. There is a three-bedroom suite for families who favor more private and cohesive lodging. An infinity pool and a stunning view-point add to the facilities. Our Safari Collection offers a sample of itineraries for all tastes and preferences. We craft programs to make memorable experiences.
  • Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel – The Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel, a proud member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the WorldTM, is your Galapagos exploration headquarters, a beachfront base from which to discover the wildlife of the islands aboard our private yacht, and create your own adventures on land and on sea. The perfect complement to a Galapagos cruise, or a destination on its own, a stay at the Finch Bay allows you to feel the islands’ essence.

5. Cusco, Peru

Rainbow Mountain

If you want romance, findings and unique experiences during your trip, then Cusco is the right place for you. Since you set foot in the Main Square, you start a journey over time. The Cathedral, the Santo Domingo Monastery or the Koricancha, are just some of the places that will engage you from the very first beginning. Archeological complexes, such as Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo, and of course, the magnificent Machu Picchu, will just astonish you and will make this a one-life time experience. You will visit amazing landscapes, temples, terraces and prayer centers full of energy from the ancient times.

Best Time to Go: June to mid-September

Two of our Favorite Places to Stay:

  • Belmond Palacio Nazarenas – Step past walls of Inca stones and into a cloistered courtyard with an ancient fountain at its heart. But within these timeless walls, contemporary Cusco comes to life. Find a fabulous spa, the city’s first outdoor pool and stylish restaurants serving cutting-edge local cuisine. This intimate urban retreat has just 55 suites, each enriched with oxygen and with its own private bar where guests can create drinks accented with fresh ingredients grown at and around the hotel.
  • explora Valle Sagrado – explora Valle Sagrado is located on an old corn plantation established in one of the most remote farms of the valley. It is sheltered and surrounded by mighty mountains that were once the home to the great Inca Empire. explora Valle Sagrado offers guests over 20 exploration activities, either on foot or by bicycle. Our guides will take travelers to experience the area’s unique geography and Andean culture in all it richness.
5 Unique South America Honeymoon Spots

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