Recommended Luxury Stays in South America

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Awasi Atacama in Argentina.
Awasi Atacama in Argentina.

When it comes to luxury stays in South America, tour operators definitely have the insight on where your clients should stay. Nowadays, Bill Roberson, founder of Inca 1, finds South America at its most luxurious best at the Awasi Atacama and its sister hotel, Awasi Patagonia.

“Among the many elements, such as impeccable cuisine or facility design from spa to wine cellar, that go into delivering the optimum luxury travel experience for clients, service tops all,” Roberson says. “Awasi’s luxury formula is based on a 100 percent custom tailoring to each guest needs, from private concierge planning of customized excursions with one’s private excursion guide and private 4×4 vehicle to privately catered meals at the resort, in the wilderness, wherever.”

Top-of-the-line luxury pick from Rosita Perez of Ladatco Tours is Ponta dos Ganchos Resort, set on a private peninsula on the southern coast of Brazil and framed by the lush Atlantic rainforest. She describes Ponta as, “a resort with perfect relaxation and privacy,” one whose deeply luxurious bungalows—the smallest is 860 sq. ft.—treat guests to grand sea views, a plunge or lap pool, dry sauna and spa bathroom accommodating in-room massages. Perez points out that “Ponta’s three-staff-to-one guest ratio guarantees that chauffeured carts are at the ready to connect guests to the tented beachside cabanas of the Spa by Christian Dior, or to several dining locations where guests may dine at whatever time they wish.”