If your ideal destinations involves a good dose of pampering, then Latin America is a great choice.
Read on for our experts' pick of the best luxury spa breaks in South America.
1) Uxua, Trancoso, Brazil
This tiny, soulful boutique hotel on the blissful Bahian shores of trendy Trancoso exudes unassuming glamour and natural cool unlike any other. A favourite retreat for the glitterati, a stay here isn’t complete without one of its signature facials or relaxing reflexology sessions surrounded by Atlantic forest and tropical shoreline splendour.
You’ll relish the authentic and characteristic ‘Casas’ style accommodation (one of the suites is even a tree house) whilst enjoying the hotel’s faultless luxury and attention to detail. Run by Wilbur Das, director of the Diesel fashion label, you can be sure that nothing here falls short of stylish and sublime.
2) The Four Seasons Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ever since its multi-million dollar renovation, the CIELO spa at the Four Seasons Buenos Aires has had everyone talking. There is an exhaustive menu of massages, beauty treatments and state of the art facilities to enjoy. You may even want to venture out and see the city at some point too, if you can drag yourself away.
But even if you don’t venture further than the exclusive, idyllic pool, state-of-the-art gym, sumptuous spa, glamorous bar and gourmet restaurants of the hotel, we can promise you won’t be disappointed.
3) Tierra Atacama, Atacama Desert, Chile
The extraordinary setting of the Atacama Desert combined with this hotel’s contemporary design and a deluxe Andean-styled spa, Tierra Atacama is the best place for pampering in these stark, scenic stretches of barren terrain.
Relax in the jacuzzi, sauna and pool area or simply kick back on your private terrace with views of the Licancabur volcano and the incredible desert landscape.
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4) Carmelo Resort & Spa, Uruguay
Just over the River Plate on the quieter shores of the ‘Uruguayan Riviera’, the Four Seasons Carmelo is an under-discovered and intimate retreat-style resort with a very capable spa offering Balinese to Ayurvedic treatments to guests.
5) The Alvear Palace Hotel
Arguably the finest hotel in Buenos Aires, the refined Alvear Palace in Recoleta is home to 191 rooms and one excellent in-house spa’ offering a large menu of beauty and health treatments using La Prairie products and garnered with many awards, just like the hotel itself.
6) Kenoa Resort & Spa, Alagoas, Brazil
The epitome of cutting-edge eco-design, Kenoa is a shining example of tranquillity and class along the Alagoas coastline. Each villa has its own traditional Japanese ofuro soaking tub and you can enjoy an unimaginable number of shiseido treatments in its extensive, award-winning Spa.
7) Palmilla, Los Cabos, Mexico
Another of San Jose del Cabos’ glittering five star super resorts, Palmilla delivers a very personal touch, best experienced through one of its indulgent spa treatments such as the Mayan Deep Tissue Pindas Spa Ritual.
8) Florblanca, Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
Hidden along the wild coastline of the Nicoya Peninsula close to the town of Santa Teresa, this unassuming boutique hotel and wellbeing resort holds daily yoga and pilates classes, surf lessons and Spa Bambu offers all sorts of ways to renew yourself.
9) Esperanza Resort, Los Cabos, Mexico
Possibly the most famous resort on the glamorous tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, with its superior facilities and multitudes of activities, restaurants and swimming pools to choose between, the Esperanza boasts a mind-blowing spa to boot and was even chosen by President Obama during his stay here for the G20 summit.
10) Rosewood Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Many hotels would find it hard to rival even the Rosewood Mayakoba’s exquisite setting, on a freshwater lagoon along the Mayan Rivera. Frequently top of readers’ poll lists for the having the best spa in South America (including polls by Conde Nast Traveler, Forbes and more) there aren’t many places where you’ll be more deliciously spoiled than this.
11) Cavas Wine Lodge, Mendoza, Argentina
One of the most luxurious and romantic accommodations in Argentina’s wine region, not only does each of the rooms here have its own private plunge pool and gorgeous sweeping views of the Andes, but the spa even features some excellent wine-inspired therapies.