A stay at any of these hot spots may be just what your relationship needs.
For adventurous souls
Explora Patagonia, Chile. This is a luxurious lodge in the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park, where a day’s exploring of this incredible environment is made even more enjoyable by the comforts of the evening: a bath-house with heated pools, gourmet meals, vintage wines and a fantastic view of the granite towers as well as Lake Pehoe. All the fifty wonderful rooms have interiors of wood, slate, copper, a jacuzzi and a private, comfortable sitting area. You really feel like you are getting away from it all here – the silence is deafening. Frommer say “The Explora in Patagonia has garnered more fame than any other hotel in Chile, and deservedly so.”
The Faena Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina. What you see on the outside (in this case an austere early 20th century grain silo, scrubbed and spotlit) gives little away as to what lies within (lush gold damasks and brilliant whites, rich wood floors, wardrobes on claws as if ready to pounce, wall-mounted unicorn heads – it’s as if you have stumbled into Narnia. In El Cabaret, their intimate cabaret venue, you feel like you are in a scarlet music box. People sip champagne on the red-leather couches and watch sensual tango shows. The Faena Hotel has been featured in Conde Nast Traveller The Gold List 2007 and Gold List 2011.
For Robinson Crusoe style barefoot luxury
Kiaroa Eco-Luxury Resort, the Marau Peninsula, Brazil. There is no better place to get away from it all than the Marau Peninsula. To get to this remote paradise hotel, you take a private plane from Salvador landing just 100 meters from the reception, after a 35-minute scenic flight. Kiaroa is situated on an endless deserted beach with crystalline water and natural pools which are ideal for swimming in – you can walk for miles and you won’t see a soul.
For playing ‘lost in the wilderness’
Blancaneaux lodge, Mountain Pine Ridge, Belize. Francis Ford Coppola’s lodge in Mountain Pine ridge was discovered by the man himself. He was on a trip out to the region in search of a quiet retreat in the wilderness which would be ideal for writing. The abandoned wooden lodge which he found is set back on the rocky slopes of the Privaisson River. Winding paths lead you down to numerous waterfalls and secluded pools which are ideal for back-to-nature bathing. For those looking for complete privacy, stay in the Enchanted Cottage with its own infinity pool, underfloor heating and an open fireplace.
For surf bums looking for a stylish hideaway
FlorBlanca, Nicoya peninsula, Costa Rica. This is a very exclusive and private hotel with just 11 rooms. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, they look out towards the Pacific Ocean. This coastline is renowned for world class surf breaks so it’s ideal for surf loving couples. The villas are the ultimate romantic hideaway with huge four poster beds with billowing drapes and bathrooms with outdoor showers and leaf shaped baths. This is without doubt one of the most exquisite hotels in Central America – it’s chic yet understated, luxurious yet utterly unpretentious. In Tatler’s words “Stroll through forested gardens, and find your villa hidden in the jungle, beautifully cool in every sense.”