Best Four Seasons Hotels In South America


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There are Four Seasons hotels in Bogota in Colombia, Buenos Aires in Argentina, São Paulo in Brazil, and Costa Rica in South America, but which is the best Four Seasons? Bogota is the city with most Four Seasons hotels in South America. Four Seasons Hotel Bogota is the brand’s second opening in the city, joining the historic and now beautifully refurbished Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota.

Other Four Seasons hotels in South American include Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires with its highly acclaimed Elena restaurant and Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, a stunning resort hotel by the beach, and most recently, Four Seasons Hotel São Paulo at Nações Unidas also opened in 2017.

There are other cities in South America that arguably should have a Four Seasons hotel, due to their size and the number of visitors. But cities like Lima and Cusco in Peru, Rio de Janeiro, Gramado and Jijoca de Jericoacoara in Brazil, Santiago in Chile, Caracas in Venezuela, Mendoza and San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina, Salvador and Fortaleza in Brazil, Fortaleza, Guayaquil, and Quito in Ecuador and Santa Cruz in Bolivia, do not have a Four Seasons hotel.

Wherever you are in the world, Four Seasons hotels are consistently one of the best hotels in that city or resort. This means that most Four Seasons hotel room rates generally start at $500 – $1000 USD per night and because they don’t have a Four Seasons loyalty program, you will never be able to book a free stay by racking up and redeeming points, or by collecting points on your credit card and spending them on a Four Seasons hotel stay. It can’t be done. But you can get discounts at Four Seasons hotels and benefit from special rewards at Four Seasons hotels for no extra cost by booking your next stay via our luxury travel concierge.

1. Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica

If you are looking for the perfect beach, a superb pool all framed by a backdrop of jungly mountainsides, look no further than the Four Seasons in Costa Rica, which is easily the best Four Seasons resort hotel in South America.

Though typically known for its vivid rainforests, South America and Central America can also claim some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Four Seasons Costa Rica offers one of the best Four Seasons beach resorts in the world.

No setting sun is more gorgeous than one dozily sinking behind the ocean, which is why Costa Rica is one of our favorite beaches at the day’s end. With warm gulf waters, pristine white sands, and tropical trees swaying inland, the Gulf of Papagayo is paradise. Four Seasons Costa Rica sits on a hillside by a picture-perfect beach and just up the peninsula from the Park Hyatt Papagayo. Find out our thoughts on the three best resorts in Papagayo.

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica commands views over an undulating and forest-covered peninsula. The resort stretches over 250 acres, with a bay on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other.

The entrance gate is cleverly positioned where the bay first comes into view, making the Vista look straight out of the movies. The hotel foyer is an airy mix of pillars and bamboo ceilings. Head down the stairs and the room opens up to showcase two of the hotel’s pools, including a main pool and sundeck and a separate family pool. Staff cannot do enough, offering towels, cool washcloths, and ice water, plus the stations supply complimentary sunscreen or after-sun.

To one side of this Four Seasons peninsula is a grey–sand beach, on the other, a crescent of palm-shaded white sand. Other facilities include an excellent spa, golf, numerous eateries, and a lobby bar. Everything you need for that luxury trip away.

Wherever you choose to stay in Papagayo, you will be blown away by its beauty. A stay here is the stuff dreams are made of.

2. Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires

Our best hotel choice in Buenos Aires is the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires on the edge of Recoleta, one of the city’s most historic neighborhoods with tree-lined Avenues lined with French architecture and appealing cafés and high-end boutiques. this is the ultimate city hotel in South America and is packed full of character.

White and grey marble adorn the foyer walls and floor and artwork and installations have horse, wine, and tango themes. These works of art can be found throughout the hotel. The rooms are classic and historic with many original features including original fireplaces and high ceilings with chandeliers. Suites feel like they have stepped out of a Parisien Palace. Bathrooms are modern and swish with marble and L’Occitane toiletries. Immerse yourself completely in the setting by staying in their seven La Mansión suites, which are decorated in French style with carefully chosen antiques.

The outdoor pool here is smart and flanked by loungers, ideal for enjoying the Argentinian sunshine. Cielo Spa offers wine massages and backrubs to the background of Argentine Tango.

The hotel’s restaurants and bars are surprisingly trendy, given the more traditional look of the hotel. Expect to enjoy live DJs while you sip your cocktail.

3. Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota

The landmark 1946 building of Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota was designed by Colombian artist-architect Santiago Medina Mejia and is one of the best luxury hotels in Bogota. The building has been declared a cultural monument, its stoned columns, brick walls, beamed ceilings and contemporary furnishings.

This hotel has some of the most quietly elegant rooms in the city, complete with beamed ceilings, hand-carved wooden furnishings, and fireplaces to cozy up to, no two rooms are alike. This is also a very small Four Seasons hotel. A boutique hotel with just 62 rooms.

The hotel is located steps from the buzzing financial district and the gourmet paradise of the Zona G, ideal for foodies. This district north of downtown hosts the capital’s finest restaurants (the “G” is for gastronomy).

The hotel also houses a stylish Mediterranean bar & restaurant, with a greenhouse atrium perfect for languorous romantic evenings or a quick bite with a signature cocktail. The Spa is also excellent here and offers green coffee wraps, coconut scrubs, and other locally inspired spa treatments.

4. Four Seasons Hotel Bogota

Four Seasons Hotel Bogota is the newest Four Seasons in Bogota and provides a warm haven of customised service and sophisticated style for its guests.

Inspired by the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains, Rottet Studio has created a design aesthetic for Four Seasons Hotel Bogota combining pattern, texture, color, and craftsmanship that is epitomized in the bright new lobby. Here, wooden screens form airy “walls” that climb up across the ceiling, enveloping guests in warmth accentuated with touches of rich green evoking Colombia’s famous emeralds.

Four Seasons Hotel Bogota provides an oasis of quiet glamour with 64 rooms and suites, with custom-made beds framed by dark leather headboards and paneling, and pale floors of locally-sourced hardwood. Throughout the Hotel, nearly all materials are Colombian, with furnishings, finishes, and artwork all handcrafted by the country’s artisans and artists.

After beginning the day at Biblioteca restaurant, guests of Four Seasons need not go far to experience Bogota’s red hot culinary scene. Next door, Four Seasons offers Kūru, a fabulous new Japanese restaurant and bar opening for lunch midday and continuing into the night for cocktails, dinner, and late-night dining. Featuring shareable sushi and sashimi alongside Japanese mains with hints of Latin American flavors, the heart of Kūru is the robata barbecue, which Chef Diego Soriano, most recently of the famed Morimoto in Mexico City, and his team grill skewered meats before the delighted eyes of their guests.

Their Spa encompasses five luxurious treatment rooms including an oversized couple’s suite, as well as relaxation lounges, steam rooms, and a spa shop. The spa menu features facials, massages, and body treatments using internationally-renowned Biologique Recherche products and the Colombian spa brand Loto del Sur. Several signature treatments were created especially for Four Seasons Hotel Bogota, including the luxe Emerald Body Wrap with mineral-rich mud from the country’s emerald-producing regions.

In the 24/7 Fitness Centre, state-of-the-art cardio machines and weight training by Matrix keep guests in shape, and for those who prefer to get their exercise outdoors, the Front Desk team can also connect guests with bike rentals to partake in the ciclovía in this cyclist-friendly green city.

5. Four Seasons Hotel São Paulo at Nações Unidas

Four Seasons Hotel São Paulo at Nações Unidas whisks you into modern Brazil at its best, a vibrant city where travelers come to experience an exciting cultural destination as well as a thriving center of international commerce and trade.

The 258-room hotel is set amid the leafy green spaces along the Pinheiros River in southern Sao Paulo. Hotel guests, residents, and locals can enjoy the restaurant, a lounge, an oasis-like spa, and a variety of event spaces.

Ideally located for the Brazilian Grand Prix, which takes place at the Autódromo de Interlagos just minutes from Four Seasons, and the perfect place to stay for the world’s largest comic con, CCXP, in Sao Paulo, this much-needed haven of luxury has got to be the best luxury hotel in Sao Paulo.

Highlights of the Four Seasons Hotel São Paulo include a gallery-like domed space that showcases contemporary works by local artists. A truly stunning spiral staircase floats its way up to the ballroom against a shimmering wall that captures light from both the outdoors and the space’s dramatic chandeliers.

The Hotel’s cleverly designed pool appears to extend out over the surrounding treetops, allowing guests to swim through to the outdoors, or stay within. The fitness center also offers inspiring skyline views across the treetops just outside.

Guest rooms welcome guests as though into a private home, with a gracious palette of sensuous lines and touchable textures, accented by pops of vibrant color. Area rugs on polished wood floors create intimate spaces where business travelers can focus on work, and those at leisure can lean back, put their feet up and relax. Of special interest are the Hotel’s One-Bedroom Corner Suites with panoramic views, and the incredible Presidential Suite on the 14th floor, which is ideal for families or those who plan to entertain while staying at Four Seasons.

6. Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City

Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City is steps away from the Angel of Independence and a five-minute walk away from the leafy Bosque de Chapultepec park. It is situated on Paseo de la Reforma in downtown Mexico City, ideal for Mexico City’s financial and business areas, but also for tourists. La Condesa and Roma’s trendy bars and restaurants are also not far away.

With 240 rooms, this Four Seasons is larger than many of it’s smaller counterparts around the world, but this is most likely the hotel of choice for the majority of the successful businessmen and women, and the rich, who want to come to Mexico City. As such, you will most likely notice a high volume of suited clientele doing business here in the foyer or one of the hotel’s many meeting rooms.

There is the most enormous, sweeping, curved marble staircase near the entrance and many of the corridors sport black and white squared marble flooring and large pillars with arched windows that look out onto the formal central courtyard. The whole place feels regal rather than cozy, and you can expect glittering decor and jewelry displays.

For casual dining, enjoy cocktails in the gastro bar Fifty Mils with its arched windows and doors that swing open to let the fresh air from the courtyard in. Fine dining can be had at the hotel’s restaurants and if you like, you can eat and drink alfresco, under the greenery in the hotel’s rather lovely courtyard garden.

The hotel has a rooftop outdoor pool which is stylish but quite small and is flanked by loungers. There’s also a spa offering massages, a spa tub, and a sauna.

Photo above was from my visit to Four Seasons Cap Ferrat.

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