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Although the dollar’s weak exchange rate may have put that lavish European getaway on hold, a luxury vacation is still within your reach—and at a far more reasonable price. After all, Europe isn’t the only destination where one can find a rich and varied culture with top-of-the-line cuisine, world-class wines, and supremely romantic surroundings. For all this and more, head to South and Central America where you’ll easily find topnotch accommodations that often cost far less than their European counterparts.
Instead of reserving a room at a costly Chalet in the Alps, consider a secluded mountain getaway at an eco-friendly lodge in Costa Rica. Perched atop the Cordillera de Tiláran mountains, the Inn at Coyote Mountain is an elegant Spanish colonial-style villa surrounded by 70 acres of private nature preserve. Explore the surrounding tropical forest with abundant nature trails and fabulous bird-watching, or relax at this quiet hacienda with an invigorating soak in the hot-tub. For a truly eco-chic escape, book the third-story observatory from $219/night, a spacious suite with a canopy bed, private en suite bath and stunning 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, mountains, and surrounding tropical highlands.
Park Hyatt Mendoza from $250/night
While a trip to the vineyards of Bordeaux or Burgundy may be too extravagant on a tight budget, wine lovers still have reason to rejoice. At the center of Argentina’s illustrious wine industry stands Mendoza, a lively city where one can sample fine vintages and hike the Andean foothills. Starting from around $250/night, the Park Hyatt Mendoza offers spacious rooms with plush beds, marble baths, and spectacular city or mountain views. Located just fifteen minutes from Mendoza’s main vineyards, this elegant hotel offers a range of luxury amenities, including a spa, fine dining restaurant, and lounge specializing in local area wines.
Palacio Duhau-Park Hyatt Buenos Aires from $475/night
The spectacular port city of Buenos Aires has a European vibe with stylish cafés, world-class operas, and trendy boutiques alongside grand old avenues and tree-lined streets. Located in the heart of the city’s fashionable Recoleta district, the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires is an elegant luxury hotel where guests can opt for tango lessons, rejuvenating spa treatments or simply unwind at one of the hotel’s six restaurants, bars, and lounges. Spacious rooms look out onto neighborhood streets or offer panoramic view’s of the hotel’s lush gardens. Rates start at $475/night for a Park King room, with 24-hour room service, a luxurious marble tub and complimentary newspaper delivery.
Based on double occupancy. Taxes and fees are additional.
The cost of airfare can be steep. At press time, we discovered round-trip flights from New York City to Mendoza for $1117 (Lan), Buenos Aires for $849 (Lan) and the Costa Rican capital of San Jose from $343 (American Airlines).
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