The Very Best Of Latin America

From rustic getaways in Guatemala, sacred escapes in Peru to iconic design properties in Sao Paulo, Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ carefully curated collection offers a range of idyllic luxury experiences at independent hotels throughout Latin America to discerning travellers.

BEST FOR EXPLORERS - Porta Hotel Antigua - La Antigua, Guatemala

Exploration never stops in Guatemala with the recent unearthing of ruins from a Mayan megalopolis hidden in the dense jungle of the Maya Biosphere Reserve. With plenty still left to uncover, travellers can explore one of Central America’s most diverse countries with its rich ancient history, lush volcanic landscape and breath-taking Pacific coastline. The enchanting colonial-style Porta Hotel Antigua is located in the heart of La Antigua and has a serene and tranquil ambiance. Guests can experience a rejuvenating spa treatment, taste traditional Guatemalan cuisine and relax by the pool surrounded by lush tropical gardens filled with exotic birds.

BEST FOR WILDLIFE LOVERS - Royal Palm Hotel Galápagos – Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

The Galápagos Islands is one of the world’s best wildlife watching destinations due to its unique ecosystem. The remote archipelago, also known as Darwin’s ‘Enchanted Islands,’ was one of the first World Heritage Sites to be declared by UNESCO in 1978. Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos, a secluded retreat in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, is an ideal base from which to explore. Perfect for couples and honeymooners, the hotel is set amid 500 acres and comprises of just 21 spacious Casitas and Villas. In addition to wildlife spotting, there are a range of activities on offer including kayaking, bird watching, scuba diving, snorkelling, wind surfing, sailing, trekking and horse riding.

BEST FOR ADVENTURERS – Aranwa Sacred Valley - Urubamba, Peru

Peru is experiencing a resurgance following British Airways recent launch of a direct flight route to Lima, making the destination much more accessible to UK and European travellers. Lima and Cusco have long been on the map for visitors but for an off-the-beaten-track experience in close proximity to Machu Picchu, head 30 minutes outside of Cusco for a stay at Aranwa Sacred Valley. Built on the land of a colonial 17th century hacienda, the property lies at the foot of the Urubamba mountain range on the banks of the Vilcanota River. Primarily a wellness retreat, guests are invited to discover the local culture through Peruvian cookery classes, pisco tasting workshops and traditional Andean spa treatments.

BEST FOR DESIGN AFICIADOS – Hotel Unique - São Paulo, Brazil

São Paulo often plays second fiddle to Rio de Janeiro for toursits visiting Brazil yet the metropolis is actually the country’s largest and most vibrant city, boasting an ecletic mix of neighbourhoods and cultures. Visitors passionate about hotel design can set sail with a stay at the iconic Hotel Unique, set in São Paulo’s sophisticated Jardins district, close to Ibirapuera Park. Conceived by Ruy Ohtake - a renowned Japanese-Brazilian master architect, the crescent-shaped property resembles a ship complete with water slides for adults and a crimson rooftop swimming pool equipped with an underwater sound system. Guests wanting to splash out can stay in one of the hotel’s iconic suites with private Jacuzzis and unparelled views of the Sao Paulo skyline

Whether travelling for business or leisure, travellers can access exclusive member rates and earn reward points at many of these properties through the Preferred Hotels & Resorts I Prefer Hotel Rewards programme. Free to join, the programme extends points redeemable towards free nights and other on-property expenditures, elite status, and other complimentary benefits to guests. Bookings can be made online at PreferredHotels.com or on the I Prefer mobile app, available on Android and iOS.

For more information on these hotels or any of the properties represented within the Preferred Hotels & Resorts portfolio, please visit www.PreferredHotels.com.


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