With some of the most picturesque and dramatic coastlines in the world, Latin America offers up a plethora of options for romantic coastal retreats. Luxurious resorts, exclusive seaside boutiques and rustic-chic tropical hideaways are all available, meaning there is a hotel to suit all tastes and requirements for your indulgent luxury trip.
Here are five of our favourite spots to enjoy a romantic getaway by the sea:
Ponta dos Ganchos, Celso Ramos, Brazil
Located on the stunning southern coastline of Brazil, Ponta dos Ganchos offers travellers seeking a luxury escape ultra-personalised service and attention to detail. Close to a traditional fishing village, the hotel is constructed on a private peninsula and boasts secluded beach access with stunning Atlantic views. One of the most exclusive resorts in Brazil, Ponta dos Ganchos is composed of 25 exquisitely appointed and spacious bungalows, some of which offer private plunge pools.
Ponta dos Ganchos boasts a heated swimming pool, massage gazebos, a huge Spa, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, an ocean front tennis court, cinema, restaurant, bar and nature walks through the surrounding forest. These exceptional facilities are what earned this incredible retreat the Leading Hotels of the World seal of approval. Perfect for honeymoons and indulgent trips to enjoy the sun, sea and sand; Ponta dos Ganchos is one of the most romantic hotels in Brazil for a bespoke luxury experience.
Cayo Espanto, a private island experience, Belize
For those seeking the ultimate luxury experience on their romantic getaway, Belize’s exquisite private islands are the most exclusive hideaways around. Boasting first-class service and a breath-takingly beautiful Caribbean backdrop, one of our favourite islands is the charming Cayo Espanto. Situated 3 miles from the mainland, this island paradise offers blissful isolation in a spectacular location.
Walk along the shore, swim in the crystalline sea and enjoy a cocktail watching the sunset over the sparkling ocean outside your luxury villa. The island offers up to seven individually designed private villas complete with a private dock, a seafront plunge pool, alfresco shower, private verandas and panoramic views. Your stay on the island includes a gourmet tailor-made menu prepared as and when you wish, alongside a full spa service and a menu of bespoke activities on the island, sea and mainland. For ultimate luxury and privacy in a romantic setting, Cayo Espanto is the perfect choice.
Kura Design Villas, Uvita, Costa Rica
Offering unquestionably one of the most stunning pool views in Latin America, Kura Design Villas, a member of the eco-friendly Cayuga Collection, is one of the standout coastal hideaways in all of Costa Rica. The stylish infinity pool overlooks verdant forest and offers guest sweeping views out to the ‘Whale Tail’ of the Marino Ballena National Park and the Pacific Ocean. Each seductive villa offers a contemporary luxury experience with private plunge pools, double rain-showers and private terraces.
The ocean-facing stand-alone villas mean guests can enjoy the utmost privacy alongside a gentle Pacific breeze. This ultra-modern boutique effortlessly blends the best of modern luxury with a deep respect and appreciation for the lush flora and diverse fauna of its exquisite natural environment. For those wishing to enjoy a romantic trip that blends the beauty of the rainforest with the tranquillity of the ocean – look no further than Kura.
Pousada Maravilha, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Consistently voted as having some of the best beaches in the world, Fernando de Noronha is one of Brazil’s most romantic destinations. The incomparable Pousada Maravilha is our favourite hotel for experiencing this charming and remote archipelago. With only 8 bungalows and apartments nestled into the forested hillsides, this exclusive boutique overs exclusive accommodation with dramatic vistas of the turquoise bays, sea cliffs and volcanic rock formations.
From the comfort of your private terrace, you can observe dolphins in the bay and enjoy the gentle sea breezes of the Atlantic Ocean. Pousada Maravilha also offers an infinity pool, sauna, and massage parlour where couples can spend time alone in total tranquillity. The guest house provides a comprehensive beach service to ensure you are well looked after when relaxing on the beach and for those who want to explore the area there is a boat ride around the island available to book from the hotel.
Casa Chameleon, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
This adults-only honeymoon hotel is the perfect destination for those couples wishing to enjoy time alone to celebrate their love. Surrounded by the exuberant tropical beauty of the Costa Rican rainforests, Casa Chameleon enjoys sweeping views of the ocean and the beaches of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa.
This hotel is an intimate retreat where you can disconnect from the world and enjoy a one-of-a-kind personalised stay during your romantic trip. Each villa boasts a private plunge pool, private covered porches and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that allow the natural beauty of this splendid destination to flood the rooms with the soft sunlight. Honeymooners or those wishing to reconnect with each other away from the stresses of everyday life will adore this unique hotel.
Simon Williams is Director of Humboldt Travel. Humboldt Travel is a luxury travel company specialising in tailor made holidays to Latin America.