The adage “Money talks, wealth whispers” may be true for the renaissance of quiet luxury. However, five-star queer travelers expect fabulosity as unique as their identities.
South America offers terrain spanning some of the world’s most dramatic vistas and impressive experiences — sans White Lotus pretense. If you’re looking for a vacation to rekindle your spirits, GayCities offers 10 of the best queer-friendly resorts in South America.
The Vines Resort & Spa, Argentina
Finding yourself at the base of the Andes in Mendoza’s prestigious Uco Valley, you’ll savor why Argentina is the largest producer of wine in Latin America; their celebrated culture of asados (barbecue) is synonymous with steak, Merlot, and community.
The Vines Resort & Spa immerses travelers in the region’s wine-making tradition (you can even blend your own Malbec) while offering the motherland — and the spa — as your field to roam free. Who knew luxury could be so green?
Pristine Salinas Grandes Luxury Camp, Argentina
Queerness is all about stepping away from norms, and at Pristine Salinas Grandes Luxury Camp, you’ll find this in all directions. Located on the salt flats at Salinas Grandes de Jujuy, fully stocked luxury domes stand 11,000 feet above sea level.
This is one of the world’s most luxurious glamping experiences with a sustainable agenda, which includes a collaborative business model with the indigenous community, environmental sustainability, and local economic impact.
Gobernador Horacio Guzman Airport is 2 hours and 30 mins by car from the meeting point, Tres Morros, where the hotel will schedule transportation to the camp. The astonishing stargazing is worth the journey.
Luxe by The Charlee, Colombia
Upon entrance to the expansive estate, which includes a range of villas, travelers are escorted around by tuk-tuk with a mystical view of El Peñón de Guatapé, a climbable 650-foot-tall rock made of quartz, feldspar, and granite. Take a dip in your private hot tub, enjoy an aquatic adventure in the nearby reservoir, and breath the fresh air.
Cannúa Lodge, Colombia
One way to elevate your lust for nature is a stay at Cannúa Lodge. Aside from greenery farther than your eyes can see, the 18-room property offers complimentary guided hikes to experience what makes Colombia sacred to indigenous populations and a secluded atmosphere that makes it a coveted resort in South America.
Fun fact: you’ll see staff working in the gardens, which provide locally sourced ingredients for all your meals.
Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa, Chile
If you’re thirsty for an adventurous backdrop, let the dry mesas and canyons of the Atacama Desert in Chile satiate your wanderlust. Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa is in the driest nonpolar location on Earth and offers curated experiences to take advantage of the arid, dramatic landscape.
Daily 2-hour flights depart from Santiago (SCL) to Calama (CJC), and the hotel will coordinate transportation directly from the airport. Greet the morning with outdoor yoga, admire the sunset hiking a volcano, or indulge more sedentary senses by discovering Chile’s distinct food culture.
Copacabana Palace, Brazil
Metropolitan socialites will find their throne away home, whether you desire to lunch for three hours or sip cocktails at 4 am. The Belmond property is one of the most luxurious resorts in South America. Attentive staff can arrange private beach and architecture tours and other bespoke experiences.
Tambo del Inka, Peru
Down the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valle, waking up on the premises of Tambo del Inka in Peru is as if the ground became clouds. Your gaze will be split between the Andes Mountains and the Vilcanota River and merely steps from the captivating ancient Incan culture and on-site rail service to Machu Picchu.
Tambo del Inka maximizes connection with self, surroundings, and historical experiences.
Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador
Mashpi Lodge will immerse you in the ‘Cloud Forest,’ which makes Tarzan look like he played in a garden. The hotel is a once-in-a-lifetime experience (or until you return) for anyone intrigued by wildlife, including the chance to channel your spirit animal swimming in waterfalls and walking through the jungle.
To get here, fly to Quito and depart from one of the local hotels (yes, you must stay overnight due to the narrow schedule). The ride is an adventure, but every visitor will tell you it’s one of the most unique resorts in South America. Bird watchers, beware; you might believe you’ve arrived in heaven.
Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia, Colombia
Let’s face it: The 8th World Wonder for luxury travelers is… well, luxurious city living. Bogota is arguably one of the gayest cities in Latin America, most comfortably made your playground from the not-so-humble walls of Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia.
Oh, and did we mention the largest club in the country, THEATRON, is an Uber ride away? Giddy up! Relaxation manifests in many forms.