2016 BRIDES Best Honeymoons: The Top 10 Resorts in Central and South America

Honeymoons & Destination Weddings
Best Honeymoon Hotels in South America

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Picking the perfect honeymoon location is no easy feat — countless destinations, endless hotel options, and finding the ideal spot to suit both you and your new spouse's needs... how do you choose? Well, we've got you covered. Whether you're looking for inexpensive honeymoon ideas, ultra-romantic getaway locales, the trip of a lifetime or a combination of all three, you've come to the right spot. BRIDES teamed up with the A-list agents at Virtuouso, a network of more than 11,000 luxury-travel specialists, to find the most romantic, luxe hot spots in the world. Presenting our 2016 Honeymoon Awards — dive in to see our favorite resorts in Central and South America!


Photo: Courtesy of Four Seasons

1. Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
Nestled between two golden-sand beaches, this posh Pacific oasis lets couples get their nature on without sacrificing big-resort perks four pools, a golf course, teens courts). Wake up to breakfast in bed, hike in a cloud forest, then sign up (November through May) for a star-gazing includes wine aged with—no joke—meteorite dust. (Doubles from $500; fourseasons.com)


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2. Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa, Nicaragua
The first superluxe property in Nicaragua, this 37-room gem on the Emerald Coast presides over the white sands of Playa Manzanillo. The chic villas and bohios (cabanas) are outfitted with local hand-crafted furniture, and all have wooden decks that offer mind-blowing views of the Pacific. Coolest item on the activities list: a chance to go ash boarding — a sport that involves riding a board down the slope of an active volcano, (Doubles from $500; mukulresort.com)


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3. Turtle Inn, Belize
Think Bali meets the Caribbean: Nestled between beach and jungle, the cottages at Francis Ford Coppola's barefoot retreat feature Balinese doorways, Japanese baths, and private gardens with outdoor showers. After you get home from diving with stingrays near the world's second-largest coral reef, fuel up with fresh-caught fish and veggies from the organic garden. Or do Italian—the restaurant has a wood-burning pizza oven. (Doubles from $231; turtleinn.com)


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4. Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu, Peru
You won't find better access to Machu Picchu than this. Sanctuary is the only resort located within steps of the Lost City, so you'll be able to explore the sacred site long before (or after) the midday tourist rush. At night, drink in the southern constellations through a telescope or drink up at the bar. The specialty? Pisco sours — Peru's signature drink — of course. (Doubles from $975; Belmond.com_


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5. Nayara Springs, Costa Rica
Lush jungle scapes with a side of volcano views? Sign us up! Each of the property's 16 villas offer a private hot-springs-fed plunge pools and terrace. Romance and adventure, perfect honeymoon. (Doubles from $650; nayarasprings.com)


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6. Cayo Espanto, Belize
Surrounded by the diamond-clear waters of the Caribbean, this seven-villa private island is just a short boat ride from Ambergris Cay. Do some bonefishing, hop in a kayak or, if you're staying in the overwater villa, commune with the underwater world through the glass window on your bedroom floor. (Villas from $1,695, aprivateisland.com)


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7. Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Cusco, Peru
The former palace and convent is now one of the city's most luxurious hotels. (Doubles from $545; belmond.com)


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8. Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, Costa Rica
If Costa Rica's natural lush beauty isn't enough to lure you to this jungle-side resort nestled between the mountains and sea, than world-class amenities and activities will — think golf course, tennis courts, and local dining experiences. (Doubles from $400; papagayo.andaz.hyatt.com)


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9. Ponta Dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort, Santa Catarina, Brazil
We're ready to pack our bags for the views at this Brazilian resort. Located between two charming fishing villages and surrounded on 3 sides by the sea of the Emerald Coast. The hotel's 25 charming bungalows come complete with private infinity pools, talk about romance! Splurge on a helicopter ride in from the airport for views like you've never experienced. (Bungalows from $700; pontadosganchos.com.br)


Photo: Courtesy of Alvear Palace Hotel

10. Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The hotel is all belle epoque luxury, from the white-gloved waiters at breakfast in L'Orangerie, to the Empire and Louis XV furnishings and Hermés toiletries (accommodations also come complete with that timeless necessity: a butler). (Doubles from $405, alvearpalace.com)

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