Check Into These South America Retreats This New Year’s Eve
When traveling to Latin America for New Year’s, Brazil is clearly the place to go for a wild party. Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana and Ipanema are awash with revelers. Upwards of 2 million people have been known to descend onto the beaches and light candles, sending them off as an offering to the goddess of the sea followed by amazing displays of fireworks that light up the midnight sky.
For those who want a more secluded retreat to welcome in 2016, several other destinations in some of South American's most exclusive destinations are also ready to welcome the jetset crowd.
Entre Cielos Luxury Wine Hotel + Spa; Mendoza, Argentina
Sip and savor the New Year in Mendoza, Argentina where wine lovers can head to Entre Cielos Wine Hotel + Spa located just outside of the Mendoza city center. The boutique property has 16 rooms at the foot of the majestic, snow-capped Andes Mountains. The 20-acre property, that includes eight acres of its own Malbec vines, is hosting a special night for guests and locals alike. The evening includes a cocktail party with live music, a six-course menu at Katharina restaurant, an after party and fireworks set against the Andes.
Ultra-modern architecture and highly stylized rooms and suites at the property feature custom furnishings and colorful accents — a stark contrast to the natural surroundings of the working vineyards and snow-capped Andes seen through the floor-to-ceiling windows that are found throughout the hotel.
The property is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and boasts one of Latin America’s first authentic six-stage circuit hamam spas, where guests will be able to schedule a variety of vinotherapy treatments and different massages, use an outdoor pool, experience the signature restaurant utilizing locally sourced ingredients, as well as enjoy a wine cellar packed with the some of the finest Malbecs
For those seeking a bit more adventure between sips, the great outdoors beckons with horseback and hot-air-ballooning for a bird’s-eye view of the awe-inspiring countryside. Rates start at $316 per night.
Tcherassi Hotel + Spa; Cartagena, Colombia
The Tcherassi’s traditional San Silvestre New Year’s Eve party continues again this year. The party transforms the hotel, a former colonial mansion, into one of Cartagena’s best party venues. A live band plays into the wee hours of the morning as guests dance over the first floor’s pools, dine on a four-course menu from chef Daniel Castano’s VERA restaurant and toasts el an nuevo with the finest champagne. Dinner and dancing is $190 per person.
Up the ante with a stay at the property. Tcherassi Hotel + Spa is a seven-room luxury boutique hotel in a restored 250-year-old colonial mansion in the heart of the city. The property was designed by famed fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi and boasts, VERA, its 50-seat Italian-inspired restaurant.
The Singular Santiago Lastarria Hotel; Santiago, Chile
Santiago’s hottest new hotel, The Singular, in the heart of the cultural center of Lastarria celebrates its one-year anniversary with a New Year’s celebration. Both hotel guests and locals will celebrate together as they dine on a menu created by acclaimed chef Laurent Pasqualetto including locally sourced crab, lobster, filet of beef and a chocolate tasting for dessert.
There will not be a shortage of drinks to get guests in the partying mood as wine, whiskey and vodka martinis will be offered in the restaurant and the hotel’s rooftop lounge which faces the famous La Popa hill. The four-course dinner and drinks is $205 per person.
Staying on the property is a perfect New Year’s treat. The Singular Santiago, Lastarria hotel is a bridge between neoclassic French architecture and the modern style of the early 20th century. The atmosphere is reflective of the cultural and artistic character of iconic buildings that surround the Lastarria neighborhood such as the Museum of Fine Arts, The Museum of Visual Arts and the Gabriela Mistral Centre.
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