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Below you'll find a list of some of the best luxury hotels in South America - we're working on writing reviews for them all (once we've visited). If you think your hotel should be listed here - tough luck - we decide! You'll also find much hotel information in the travel destinations guide.

Mexico's best luxury hotels:
Haciendas of the Yucatan - unwind in luxury or explore Mayan ruins in the Yucatan.
Esencia Resort- exclusive resort on the Maya Riviera.
Esperanza - luxury resort in Baja California.
One and Only Palmilla Resort - where the celebrities hang out in Los Cabos in Baja California.
Maroma Resort - luxury 5 star hotel just outside of Cancun (that feels a world away).
Tides Riviera Maya - top of the range resort near Playa del Carmen.
Ceiba del Mar Spa Resort - 5 star spa hotel in Puerto Morelos on the Riviera Maya.
Paraiso de la Bonita - another 5 star spa in Puerto Morelos.

Belize's best luxury hotels:
Chan Chich Lodge - ideal for rainforest tours in Western Belize.
Chaa Creek Lodge - another great option for visiting Belize's rainforest.
Turtle Inn - Francis Ford Coppola owns this luxury resort in Placencia.
Victoria House Resort - one of San Pedro's top hotels.
Mata Chica - another great luxury hotel in San Pedro (Ambergris Caye) that's slightly more chic than Victoria House.

Other great luxury hotels in Central America:
Punta Islita - Nicoya Peninsula beach resort in Costa Rica.
Pico Bonito - a luxury rainforest lodge in Honduras.
Morgans Rock Ecolodge - a beach and rainforest retreat in Nicaragua..

Colombia's best luxury hotels:
Santa Clara Hotel - the best place to stay in Cartagena.
Park Tayrona Ecohabs - wildly remote laid back beach resort on Colombia's Caribbean coast.

Peru's best luxury hotels:
Miraflores Park - a 5 star hotel in Lima.
Monasterio Hotel - a luxurious converted monastery in Cuzco.
Sanctuary Lodge - Machu Picchu's most exlusive hotel.

Brazil's best luxury hotels:
Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro and probably South America's most famous hotel.
Ilha do Papagaio - a wonderful beach resort near Florianopolis in Southern Brazil.
Kiaroa - private bungalows at this exclusive resort on Brazil's North East coast.
Pestana Angra - a truely idyllic location just a few hours from Rio or Sao Paulo.
Convento do Carmo - a converted convent in Salvador.

Argentina's best luxury hotels:
Cavas Wine lodge - perfect for wine tasting tours in Mendoza.
Los Notros - wonderful hotel overlooking El Calafate glacier.
Estancia Colome - a luxury hacienda in the Calchaquíes wine growing region.
Estancia Los Potreros - near Cordoba, a taste of the gaucho lifestyle on a ranch hotel.
Las Balsas - secluded and exlusive, a lovely hotel near Bariloche in Argentina's Patagonia.
Faena Hotel - Buenos Aires' most chic and trendy option.
Alvear Palace - the ultimate traditional luxury hotel in Buenos Aires.

Chile's's best luxury hotels:
Explora en Patagonia - outdoor activity heaven in Torres del Paine.
Explora en Atacama - equally outdoor orientated, in the Atacama Desert.

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