Top 8 Best South American Hotels for LoversKelsey Knoedler
Beach lovers, history lovers, wine lovers, art lovers—we’ve got something for lovers of any variety on this top list of the eight best hotels in South America. We asked our readers to vote on the ultimate South American hotel experience, and the results are in! Explore our top eight luxury hotels in South America, and experience them yourself before, after, or during your DuVine Cycling tour!
#1 | Viña Vik | Millahue, Chile
Best South American Hotel for Luxury Lovers
Hotelier Alexander Vik had a dream to create a world-class vineyard in South America. After searching for two years, he purchased over 10,000 acres in Chile, and Viña Vik was born. This exclusive luxury vineyard retreat is perched atop a hill overlooking the Millahue Valley and lake. Its 22 suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows for incredible views of the valley, lake, and vineyards below, and the Andes in the distance. The rooms are artfully decorated with works of art and sleek, modern décor. Visit the wine spa for a grape-infused treatment, take a dip in the outdoor pool extending over the valleys and lake below, take a tour of the winery, or experience a private wine tasting of Vik’s own wines. The hotel’s restaurant provides a range of gastronomic meals, from barbeques to four-course high culinary experiences, all paired with Vik wine and included in the cost of your stay.
Stay at Viña Vik on your DuVine Chile Vineyards Bike Tour
#2 | Bahia Vik Jose Ignacio | Jose Ignacio, Uruguay
Best South American Hotel for Beach Lovers
Nestled in the dunes along the beach, Bahia Vik Jose Ignacio has spectacular views of the ocean. Created by hotelier and art collectors Alexander and Carrie Vik, Bahia Vik has a focus on art, architecture, and design. Each room is decorated with murals by various South American artists. The hotel is eco-friendly, and bikes are available to borrow for a spin around the former fishing village turned hip summer destination of Jose Ignacio. Cool off in the outdoor pool, relax at the spa and wellness center, enjoy a delectable meal at La Susana restaurant, or take in the stunning Uruguayan sunsets from the property’s private beach. Guests can book a suite in the main building or one of Bahia Vik’s private bungalows on the beach.
Stay at Bahia Vik Jose Ignacio before or after DuVine’s Uruguay Bike Tour
#3 | Casapueblo | Carlos Páez Vilaró, Uruguay
Best South American Hotel for Art Lovers
Photo by Hugo Pardo Kuklinski
This exclusive resort was built as a summer residence and studio by renowned local artist Paez Vilaro, friend of Picasso and Dali. The home was a labor of love and took Vilaro 36 years to complete. Built in a Mediterranean style, the building itself is work of art—a living sculpture on the Punta Ballena peninsula that overlooks the sparkling sea. Its 72 apartments are each unique, with anywhere from one to four rooms and private terraces. The hotel is just a ten-minute drive from Punta del Este’s city center. Relax at the pool or spa, visit the hotel’s art museum featuring works form its former owner and other famous artists, or enjoy a meal at the gastronomic restaurant on the terrace as you take in one of Punta del Este’s famous sunsets.
Visit Casapueblo on DuVine’s Uruguay Bike Tour
#4 | The Vines of Mendoza | Mendoza, Argentina
Best South American Hotel for Wine Lovers
The Vines of Mendoza offers laid back luxury in world-famous Uco Valley at the foothills of the Andes Mountains– a top choice for Argentina bike tours. With over 1500 acres of grapes, the Vines is host to 130 private vineyard owners and is the highest quality winemaking enterprise in the region. Visit the tasting rooms to experience some of the best Argentine boutique wines including their own Recuerdo brand. Harvest grapes or make a custom small-batch wine with the property’s winemaker, Santiago Achaval And visit Siete Fuegos for regional fare and traditional asado feasts from world-renowned Argentine Chef Francis Mallman. The Vines of Mendoza’s private villas offer the perfect blend of rustic elegance and modern comfort.
Experience the amazing Vines of Mendoza before or after DuVine’s Mendoza Bike Tour
#5 | Narbona Wine Lodge | Carmelo, Uruguay
Best South American Hotel for Gourmet Food Lovers
Narbona Wine Lodge is a Relais + Chateaux boutique hotel with five rooms overlooking the property’s winery and vineyard. Experience haute cuisine served in a turn-of-the-century grocer’s shop, take a visit to the cheese room, and enjoy regional dishes made in-house with local ingredients at the hotel’s two restaurants. Take a guided tour of the winery, enjoy a tasting of the lodge’s best wines, or prepare your own blended wine or grappa to take home with you. The hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool, access to a private beach, and in-room massages. Borrow a mountain bike and grab a picnic basket complete with artisan cheeses, sandwiches, fruit, and wine, and head out into the vineyards for a romantic picnic or pick a book from the library and relax next the fireplace in the hotel’s cozy reading room.
Visit Narbona Wine Lodge before or after your DuVine’s Uruguay Bike Tour
#6 | Nawelpi Lodge | Panguipulli, Chile
Best South American Hotel for Nature Lovers
Located in the heart of the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve along the Fuy River, Nawelpi Lodge is an all-inclusive eco-paradise where nature meets luxury– a perfect place to stay on a bike tour vacation. Take advantage of the lodge’s incredible location by going trekking, horseback riding, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, and more! Nawelpi’s 12 exclusive suites and 5 luxurious treehouse bungalows are situated in the center of the ancient Patagonian Rainforest and feature incredible views of the river and surrounding forest. Visit the bar and restaurant to experience the chef’s fusion cuisine made with local ingredients, relax on your private terrace or next to your private fireplace, or take a golf cart ride along landscaped wooden bridges to the spa and outdoor swimming pool.
Go private and stay at Nawelpi Lodge on your DuVine Chile Lakes + Volcanoes Bike Tour
#7 | Hacienda de Molinos | Molinos, Salta, Argentina
Best South American Hotel for History Lovers
Photo by Jimmy Baikovicius
This traditional hacienda dates back to the eighteenth century and was home to the last governor of Salta appointed by the King of Spain. The colonial house has been fully renovated but preserves all the typical features of colonial times. Step outside the gate to see the seventeenth-century Molino de Pueblo Church or relax by the outdoor pool overlooking the Nevado de Cachi Mountains. Relax on the patio shaded by an enormous pepper tree and enjoy a cocktail or a regional dish baked in the restaurant’s authentic mud oven. Hacienda de Molino’s 18 rooms feature rustic décor with beamed ceilings made from the wood of local carob trees, tiled hacienda floors, and furniture handmade by local craftsmen. With stunning views of the Calchacqui River and mountain views, this historic hotel is remote and tranquil for a serene getaway in Argentina.
Book a private Salta Bike Tour with DuVine and experience the incredible Hacienda de Molinos yourself!
#8 | Hacienda Zuleta | Imbabura, Ecuador
Best South American Hotel for Local Food Lovers
Nestled in the Ecuadorian Andes at 9,600 feet above sea level, Hacienda Zuleta offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. This ranch and eco-farm features a fantastic restaurant offering an unforgettable farm-to-table experience, an organic orchard, and cheese factory. Enjoy delicious Ecuadorian cuisine lovingly created with organic vegetables, fish and dairy products produced onsite. The sixteenth-century, 4,000-acre colonial working farm once belonged to the former president of Ecuador and has been owned by his family for more than 100 years. Wander the antique gardens, explore the nearby pre-Inca ruins, visit the Condor rehabilitation center on site, or take a carriage ride on the property to learn about the farm, witness cheese making, or milk a cow yourself!
Stay at Hacienda Zuleta on our Ecuador + Galapagos Bike Tour
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