Hotels of Latin America – Four Sparkling Gems
From the lush rainforests of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, to the deserts of Chile and isolated Easter Island, Leisure Group Travel spotlights exceptional hotels that could be just right for your group
Alto Atacama – Chile
Located in Catarpe Valley of the Salt Mountain Range, the Alto Atacama’s design was influenced by local village architecture and conceived to blend seamlessly into its environment, appearing as a part of the terra cotta-colored ridge that rises behind it. The setting, the sweeping views, the tranquility and silence, and the hotel’s wonderful outdoor lounge spaces make the Alto Atacama a destination unto itself.
Environmental sustainability, a strong connection with the local culture and its “Andescape” concept of decorative flora, combined with a stable of friendly llamas and alpacas, local cuisine and Leave No Trace-schooled guides, make Alto Atacama an experience like no other.
Alto Atacama seeks to open a traveler’s eyes, get them off the beaten track, interact with the local indigenous culture and explore the desert’s varied and eerily beautiful landscapes by foot or bike. Geysers, hot springs, volcano climbs, mountain biking through desert canyons, horseback riding on a sand dune, and exploring ancient Incan ruins and petroglyphs are just a few of the adventurous excursions offered, always led by highly trained local guides. (altoatacama.com)
Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa – Nicaragua
For the group that is calling for world-class pampering, exclusivity and luxury all wrapped inside a pristine tropical sanctuary, Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa has answered. Sprawling across this 1,670-acre private beach community, Mukul offers your group no shortage of opportunities to relax, explore or play.
Start your day with a stroll along the four miles of private beach, then head over to the Guacalito Golf Course for 18 holes before grabbing a snack at the Mukul Beach Club and dropping off the kids at the Kul Kids Club, where trained nannies will watch over them while you slip away and rejuvenate in one of the six spacious spa sanctuaries… and that is just day one.
With seven-and-a-half miles of nature trails, tennis courts, surfing, pools, lounges, deep sea fishing and numerous tour and excursion options, everyone in your group can find something to suit their desires.
Mukul Resort is true to its creed, “The Nicaragua you’ve never known is the one you’ll never forget.” (mukulresort.com)
Villa Buena Onda – Costa Rica
Nestled into the quiet hillside on the outskirts of Playa del Coco, Villa Buena Onda is one of the best kept secrets of Costa Rica. This boutique hotel outshines others by focusing on two characteristics, quality and service, making it the perfect choice for a girlfriend getaway.
As has been said many times, good things come in small packages, and with a capacity of only about 22, the Villa adds significant credence to that axiom. Every one of the spacious, stylishly appointed rooms provides a breathtaking view down the hillside, with an unobstructed vista that skims across the top of the jungle canopy all the way to the Pacific Ocean.
Even with all this to offer, one of the best qualities that Villa Buena Onda has to offer your girlfriend getaway is privacy. Located at the perfect distance away from the town to escape the clamor of the nightly festivities but close enough to quickly head down and join in, these private grounds are enclosed by jungle on three sides, so you need not be concerned about prying eyes or unwanted interruptions. (villabuenaonda.com)
Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa – Easter Island, Chile
Many journey to Easter Island to view the iconic Moai statues built by the Rapa Nui and learn about the history and culture of this unique people. Designed to reflect the architecture of the destroyed village of Orongo at the peak of the Rano Kau volcano, and operated with the Kaniga philosophy of the Rapa Nui in mind, Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa devotes itself to the guardianship of the local cultural and natural resources.
Fostering programs to educate and maintain the island’s cultural heritage and environmental treasures, Hangaroa utilizes solar and wind power, water reclamation and waste recycling, native landscaping, and local ingredients at both the spa and in the restaurants.
If your group is looking for a culturally exotic, educational experience with a low environmental impact, while still having all the comforts of a top-notch quality hotel and spa, Hangaroa has you covered. (hangaroa.cl)