The Robb Report 100 Resorts: Caribbean & Latin America

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ARGENTINA

The Vines Resort and Spa

BRAZIL

Ponta dos Ganchos

CARIBBEAN/ATLANTIC

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Eden Rock St. Barths

Jade Mountain

Musha Cay

Necker Island

Viceroy Anguilla

CHILE

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa

ECUADOR

Mashpi Lodge

MEXICO

Las Alamandas

Belmond Maroma Resort and Spa

Imanta Resort

One&Only Palmilla

Las Ventanas al Paraíso, a Rosewood Resort

PERU

Titilaka

NICARAGUA

Mukul

The Vines Resort and Spa (New Opening)

Uco Valley, Argentina

 

The Uco Valley’s emergence as Argentina’s next big wine destination owes as much to the region’s undulating, Andes-framed landscape as it does to its acclaimed Malbecs and Bordeaux-style blends. The new Vines Resort and Spa—a 22-villa wine lodge that opened in the Uco Valley last year—adds world-class accommodations to the area’s growing list of attractions. Developed by the American entrepreneur Michael Evans and the Argentine winemaker Pablo Gimenez Riili, the airy hideaway clad in local stone and wood sits amid 1,500 acres of vineyards some 70 miles south of the city of Mendoza. Visitors can spend the day planting vines and harvesting grapes, as well as sampling the estate’s wines (along with hundreds of other Argentine labels) in the resort’s cellar and lounge. Off-site activities include private tastings at local wineries and horseback rides and treks through the Andean foothills. Afternoons are best enjoyed at the infinity-edge pool, where guests can retreat to private cabanas to sip a glass of Malbec and savor the Andean views. ($510–$1,995) www.vinesresortandspa.com  —Kim Fredericks

Ponta dos Ganchos

Governador Celso Ramos, Brazil

A refined beach and rain-forest hideaway that offers a peaceful escape from the nearby surfing and party city of Florianópolis. The 25 rustic-modern bungalows, built into a jungle-covered hillside, are ideal for couples seeking privacy. The decadent 10-course breakfast is not to be missed. ($630–$2,230) www.pontadosganchos.com

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Puerto Rico

Laurance S. Rockefeller’s original Dorado Beach hotel has been reborn as an elite Ritz-Carlton retreat. Set on a mile of scalloped beaches, the 114-room property borders the development’s famed golf courses and features a 5-acre spa and a José Andrés restaurant. ($800–$5,300) www.ritzcarlton.com

Eden Rock St. Barths

St. Barths  

Cast over a picture-perfect stretch of downy sands on St. Jean Bay, this getaway has 34 stylish suites and villas that embody St. Barths’ French-Caribbean glamour. The yacht-inspired, 16,000-square-foot Villa Rockstar is arguably the island’s most coveted address. ($680–$20,500) www.edenrockhotel.com

Jade Mountain

St. Lucia

Carved into a hillside near St. Lucia’s highest point, this dramatic resort claims unrivaled views of the island’s twin Pitons from 29 open-air guest rooms (each with its own swimming pool or hot tub), a fine-dining restaurant, and a sprawling rooftop lounge. ($1,025–$3,100) www.jademountain.com

Musha Cay

Bahamas

Illusionist David Copperfield’s ultimate Caribbean paradise, comprising 11 private islands with 40 white-sand beaches. Guests stay on the main island in five impeccable estates and enjoy such amenities as three glass-bottom docks and a fleet of watercraft. Activities include treasure hunts and fireworks displays. (From $39,000 per night for as many as 12 guests, all inclusive)www.mushacay.com

Necker Island

British Virgin Islands

An exclusive-use private island owned by Richard Branson that combines barefoot luxury and world-class service. Guests can stay in six Balinese-style villas or the all-new, nine-bedroom Great House, which debuted in 2013 after the original residence was destroyed in a fire. (From $62,000 for the entire island for up to 30 adults, all inclusive) www.neckerisland.com

Viceroy Anguilla

Anguilla

Spectacularly remote and effortlessly stylish, this 188-room resort on Barnes Bay stands out as much for its chic Kelly Wearstler–designed interiors as for its 32,000 feet of white-sand beachfront. Enjoy five restaurants, three pools, and a sprawling oceanfront spa complex. ($500–$6,600) www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa

Torres del Paine, Chile

A sweeping adventure lodge set just outside Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. Forty minimalist rooms and a sleek indoor pool afford panoramic views of the Paine massif. Private guided excursions explore the park as well as the resort’s estancia and its incomparable condor-viewing site. (Three-night packages from $2,050 to $2,950 per person, all inclusive) www.tierrapatagonia.com

Mashpi Lodge

Mashpi Rainforest, Ecuador

Tucked within the 3,200-acre orchid-filled Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve, this 22-room glass-walled resort offers a pampered perch from which to view the region’s howler monkeys, ocelots, and abundant avian species. (Two-night packages from $1,375 to $1,645 per person, all inclusive) www.mashpilodge.com

Las Alamandas

Costalegre, Mexico

A stylish retreat that offers plenty of substance in the form of 17 suites adorned with Mexican folk art and fabrics; a private airstrip; and four beaches good for swimming and surfing—all set on a 1,500-acre nature reserve with prime wildlife viewing. ($370–$2,400) www.alamandas.com

Belmond Maroma Resort and Spa

Riviera Maya, Mexico

A classic Yucatán Peninsula hideaway with 63 thatch-roofed bungalows on 25 Caribbean-front acres. The spa offers treatments based on Mayan healing rituals; activities include excursions to the region’s ancient ruins and cenotes. ($765–$2,575) belmond.com

Imanta Resort

Punta de Mita, Mexico

This oceanfront oasis emerges from the lush Sierra de Vallejo jungle like a secret hideaway, with 12 templelike stone villas that house a total of just 34 guests. Ideal for couples seeking seclusion or as a buyout for groups. ($800–$5,400) www.imantaresorts.com

One&Only Palmilla

San José del Cabo, Mexico

The Los Cabos corridor’s top property for families and other fun-seekers features a swimmable beach, a 27-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course, a tennis club with five courts, and a new surfing school. Whitewashed buildings with red-tile roofs house 172 ocean-view accommodations, plus the fabulous four-bedroom Villa Cortez. ($450–$15,500) www.oneandonlyresorts.com

Las Ventanas al Paraíso, a Rosewood Resort

San José del Cabo, Mexico

The masterminds behind Las Ventanas al Paraíso have long known that service, like romance, is at its best when it contains an element of surprise. The resort’s prescient staff takes great pride in delivering unexpected amenities—a welcome message raked into the sand outside your villa, a casual delivery of seviche and cerveza in the afternoon, a live musical performance to accompany your private dinner on the beach—that hold fast in the memories of the many couples who have retreated to this 83-room hideaway on the Sea of Cortez. But while couples remain the focus of Las Ventanas’ legendary hospitality, families can find a home in paraíso as well. Opened in December, 12 impeccable new villas include two- and three-bedroom units built to accommodate entire clans. The vast, whitewashed abodes feature private infinity pools with swim-up bars, and—in keeping with Las Ventanas’ emphasis on romance and relaxation—arriving guests receive in-suite massages. Opening this summer at the resort is a 22,500-square-foot master villa, which, in addition to a 262-foot infinity pool, will come with such unconventional perks as nightly live music performances and personalized fireworks displays. ($650–$8,000) www.rosewoodhotels.com  —Bruce Wallin

Titilaka

Lake Titicaca, Peru

Contemporary Andean decor and gourmet Peruvian cuisine on the remote western shores of South America’s second-largest lake. Schedule a private excursion on the lodge’s 31-foot sailboat or simply marvel at the lake views from the 18 guest rooms. ($265–$725 per person) www.titilaka.com

Mukul (New Opening)

Guacalito de la Isla, Nicaragua

Central America’s best resort features 23 bungalows, 12 villas, and a six-bedroom house set along a wide, swimmable, surfable, and thoroughly enjoyable beach. A David McClay Kidd golf course cuts through the jungle, while a six-casita spa overlooks it all from a hillside perch. ($500–$11,000, including breakfast) www.mukulresort.com

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