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Dear Travel Partner,

there is hardly a place on Earth that offers such a wide variety of unforgettable experiences as South America. But did you know that it is also the place to go for a truly indulgent vacation?

In this Luxury Edition, we will introduce you some of our favorite products for premium clients in each of our countries, covering the pillars that build a perfect journey. 

Every guest has their own definition of what luxury means to them and we want to show you that South America has something to offer for every taste, be it relaxation during a cozy beach stay, adventure in the remote countryside, a cultural deep-dive in the bustling city or culinary delights in gourmet hotspots. 

If you are interested in seeing more recommendations and ideas coming together to create full deluxe itineraries, stay tuned for the second part of our Luxury Newsletter!  

Enjoy reading and all the best,

your SAT Team

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Grace Cafayate Resort
This luxury boutique hotel is located on the property of the residential and sporting estate "La Estancia de Cafayate" in the Calchaquies Valleys in Argentina's North-West. Not only does this region boast a spectacular landscape and mountain panorama, it is also famous for its wine production.
The main hotel building hosts 10 Deluxe Rooms and 2 Suites while each of the 20 self-contained villas is divided into a Villa Deluxe Room and a Villa Master Suite. The villas can also be booked for individual use. The bathrooms feature an oversized tub, a walk-in rain shower and amenities by Argentinian deluxe brand ‘Organ & Co’. The hotel has an outdoor pool as well as a Spa with treatments, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam bath and an indoor pool. The gourmet restaurant with open kitchen and terrace serves Argentinean cuisine along with a selection of the best locally sourced wines. Additionally, guests can enjoy a drink at the Wine Bar or relax in the Cigar Lounge and also have access to the facilities of La Estancia de Cafayate, including golf course, clubhouse, polo fields and the estate’s vineyards.
Picture credit: Grace Argentina
Getting active in Bariloche
Argentina's Lake Region features one of the most beautiful sceneries in the country. Besides being a visual treat, the glittering lakes and impressive mountains are also perfect for every outdoor enthusiast. There is no higher luxury for nature lovers than exploring hidden bays, relaxing at deserted beaches and marveling at breathtaking panoramic views!
Our active discovery of Bariloche combines all of the above. We start off with kayaking on the Nahuel Huapi and Moreno lakes during which you have ample opportunity to take in the Patagonian landscape. Your lunch break will be at a secluded beach where you restore your energy with a delicious outdoor picnic, including typical Patagonian dishes, Argentinean wine and an exquisite dessert. Afterwards, you will paddle to a trail for a hike to the viewpoints of Tristeza Branch for stunning views of the lakes, surrounding mountains, and Mount Tronador with its glaciers and endless snow.
In total, this adventure includes 1h 30min of kayaking and 1h 30min of hiking; the activity level is easy to intermediate.
El Baqueano - Argentina's flavors in Buenos Aires
Chef Fernando Rivarola is known for selecting the very best local ingredients from all over Argentina to create the unique menu of El Baqueano, located in the San Telmo neighborhood of Buenos Aires. The result is an intriguing mix of flavors, textures and contrasts which is rounded off with the excellent vintages from the restaurant's impressive wine cellar complied by sommelier Gabriela Lafuente. The restaurant's focus is on native meats such as llama, vizcacha, rhea (also known as ñandu) or caiman, that are paired with locally sourced sides such as Andean new potatoes or three-colored quinoa. One thing is for sure: El Baqueano takes your taste buds on a journey that you will never forget!
Six Senses Botanique
Six Senses opened their first property in South America earlier this month in the heart of the Mantiqueira Mountains, located a 2.5h-drive from São Paulo and a 4h-drive from Rio de Janeiro. The hotel also offers helicopter flights from São Paulo (60min). All buildings on the property are constructed with indigenous materials that fit perfectly into the lush surroundings, such as jacaranda wood and natural stone. The hotel offers seven suites in the main building and 11 secluded villas, all of them with spacious balconies.
The hotel restaurant specializes in contemporary Brazilian cuisine prepared with local ingredients and paired with exclusively chosen wines. The Wine Cellar serves a special eight-course dining experience with prestigious vintage wines created by chef Gabriel Broide. The sounds of local bird species serve as background music at the Bar Lounge. The Six Senses Spa pampers guests with a unique blend of high-tech science and hightouch therapies. Activities depend on the time of year and include mountain biking, horseback riding, paragliding, visits to an ice cream factory, foraging for ingredients with the restaurant's chef or bird-watching with the hotel biologist.
Picture credit: Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas
Sunset yacht tour in Salvador
The sunset at the coast of Salvador da Bahia is one of the city's most spectacular views and what better way to enjoy it than an outing on an exclusive yacht? 
This sailing experience will take you along the city bay with the breathtaking sunset on one side and a panoramic view of Salvador on the other. You will see the Barra lighthouse where the bay joins the Atlantic Ocean and can observe where Salvador built its forts during colonial times. Upon request, you can stop by one of the local beaches and go for a swim in the warm waters of the bay. During the boat tour, you can enjoy wine, beer, fruits and snacks.
If you are looking for a unique and romantic dining experience, how about having a delicious dinner served while watching the sunset? 
Wine tasting in Rio de Janeiro
Brazilian wines might not yet have gained the reputation that Argentinean or Chilean wines enjoy but we will show you why they should! We will take you on a 3-hour wine tasting experience in the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa, located in the lush hills of Rio de Janeiro. You will enjoy carefully selected Brazilian wines while learning more about grape varieties, wine making techniques, growing regions and the history of wine in Brazil. During the tasting, you will also have the opportunity to sample a variety of flavorful Brazilian cheeses provided by local artisanal cheesemakers. Fresh sourdough bread, fresh exotic fruits and a selection of other snacks will round off the experience.  The spacious and elegant location will also provide you with amazing views of Rio de Janeiro and the bay.
Mari Mari Natural Reserve Experience
The exclusive hotel Mari Mari is a luxury eco resort located at the coastal region of Chile's Lake District and can be reached in 1h 15min from the airport of Puerto Montt. The resort also arranges private jets to Puerto Montt or helicopter flights directly to the lodge (20min from Puerto Montt). Its luxurious oceanfront villas offer all amenities, including a private porch, open fireplace, wood-fires hot tub, music system, free WiFi and an equipped kitchen. The comfort at the resort is completed by a spacious spa and wellness area. It also features a private boathouse, horse stables, an organic garden, a furniture workshop and an original farmhouse. Guests can enjoy on-land explorations in the natural reserve, like interpretive hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching or photography. Ocean and river adventures include stand-up paddle boarding, animal observations (penguins, sea lions, dolphins, whales), and fishing. The resort also offers cultural tours to learn more about Patagonian heritage, local cuisine and organic farming. Chef Daniela Flores is in charge of the culinary indulgence at the resort which focusses on locally-sourced organic ingredients.
Picture credit: Hotel Mari Mari
Estancia La Peninsula Day Excursion
This rustic Patagonian estancia is located on the Antonio Varas Peninsula and only accessible by boat. It can be reached in approx. 30min from Puerto Natales. The estancia is built on a property of 19,000 hectares (50,000 acres), the majority of which is dedicated to the owners' conservation efforts. Only around one fifth is used for holistic livestock management as well as sustainable tourism.
During the full day experience at La Peninsula, guests will not only learn about life at a Patagonian ranch but will also have ample opportunity to marvel at the breathtaking surroundings and enjoy delicious food. The adventure begins with a boat ride through the fjords to the estancia where welcome snacks are already waiting. Afterwards, you can choose a 2-hour activity for the morning: horseback riding, trekking, a 4×4 drive or just relaxing at the estancia. A traditional lamb barbecue is served for lunch and during the afternoon, you will learn more about a typical day at the estancia, including working with the sheepdogs, sheep shearing and wool processing. You finish your day with a walk around the property to gain more insight into the holistic approach the estancia is dedicated to.
Our tip: If you want to make the most of your experience in this beautiful part of Chile, we recommend a stay at nearby The Singular Patagonia Puerto Bories Hotel!
Apice Cocina de Mar, Valparaiso
Apice was opened in 2014 by French restaurateur Alexandra Poignant, who is also in charge of the restaurant's patisserie, and Chilean chef Iván Lara. The small, exclusive restaurant is located in the Cerro Alegre neighborhood of Valparaiso and overlooks the city's harbor.
Their concept is focused on locally sourced ingredients prepared with a French twist. The menu is small but original and incorporates seasonal produce; there are usually two entrees, main courses and desserts each. Fish and seafood, caught and served on the same day, are accompanied by a carefully curated selection of local wines from small producers in the nearby wine regions. The restaurant seats a maximum of 20 guests so a reservation well in advance is recommended.
Hotel Las Islas
Located on the Peninsula Baru, Hotel Las Islas is just 45 minutes from Cartagena and 1h from the airport. The hotel's 55 bungalows are spread throughout the property and equipped with air-conditioning, WiFi, flatscreen TV, a private bathroom with freshwater shower and a furnished deck. Some are built on the seafront and offer a private pool, jacuzzi or direct access to the sea. Others are built between the trees, 8-12m above the ground and also feauture a jacuzzi. Additionally, there is a private island with 7 rooms for exclusive use for up to 14 guests. Another special is the catamaran house boat with 2 bedrooms. The hotel features two restaurants, a cafe & ice-cream bar, a beach restaurant & bar as well as a club house bar. The cuisine includes local produce, fish and seafood. The beachfront spa and wellness center is perfect for relaxing. It offers treatments and massages, a sauna, a Turkish bath and private Yoga classes.
Picture credit: Hotel Las Islas
Celele Restaurant
Celele restaurant, housed in a small colonial gem in the picturesque Getsemani district in the historic center of Cartagena de Indias, offers contemporary cuisine based on the gastronomic culture and diversity of the Colombian Caribbean. The 30-cover restaurant was founded only 2 years ago by the two Colombian chefs Jaime Rodríguez and Sebastián Pinzón, and today it is already a must-visit in Cartagena’s burgeoning culinary scene. Only last December Celele was ranked 49th in the list of “LatinAmerica 50 Best Restaurants”. The 2 chefs spent years exploring the Caribbean coast of Colombia to perfect their proposition before opening: meeting the indigenous people, discovering flavors and ingredients that they had no idea existed, researching techniques and documenting recipes that were in danger of being lost.
Celele's two tasting menus, a 5-course and a 10-course option, take you on a delicious journey along the Colombian Caribbean coast with dishes such as goat stewed in coconut milk, mussels escabeche and a mix of Caribbean beans with creole herbs.
Cotopaxi Sanctuary Lodge
If you are looking for a unique accommodation in the Ecuadorian highlands, Cotopaxi Sanctuary Lodge is for you! The property is located on the slopes of the Sincholagua Volcano at an altitude of 3,600m (11,811ft) and surrounded by the typical landscape of the Andean paramos: open grasslands, forests, rivers and waterfalls. The main house accommodates four suites with floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the Cotopaxi Volcano. Each is equipped with a desk, stove, seating area, minibar, coffee maker and a luxurious bathroom with tub. Additionally, the lodge offers four separate luxury domes that are equally equipped. The rates include breakfast and dinner prepared with local produce and served at the main house. Also included are two daily activities on the property, such as horseback riding, hiking, biking or fishing. You can also opt for culinary experiences like a deluxe picnic or cooking class. Additional options are available at a surcharge and include 4X4 excursions or massages. The lodge also caters to families with kid-friendly activities such as milking cows, feeding the various animals on the farm, harvesting potatoes or berries and even scavenger hunts. 
Kontiki Expedition Cruise
Travelers who seek the privacy and luxury of small-yacht expeditions now have a new item for their travel bucket-list. Kontiki Expeditions offers a unique Boutique Sea Expedition, one of the most exclusive ways to explore the beauty, wildlife and nature along Ecuador's coast. The vessel "Wayra" is equipped with nine modern staterooms divided into three categories (Veranda Luxury, Panoramic Luxury and Interior Luxury), a sundeck, a gourmet salon, two outdoor lounges, bar, Jacuzzi, and a gym and spa area. The yacht also supplies equipment for water sports such as kayaking, paddle-boarding or snorkeling. You can choose between two 8-day journeys: the Spondylus or Southern Route starts every other Sunday in Guayaquil while the Toquilla or Northern Route starts every Sunday in Manta.  Each itinerary is packed full with visits to small, uncrowded towns, historical sites, pristine beaches, forests and wetlands, ecological reserves and other unique places. The daily guided tour program focuses on conscious travel, immersive experiences and supporting the native communities.
El Mercado
This Cuenca based restaurant is a rustic jewel that relies on local, seasonal products at the height of their freshness and taste. The preparation is simple and traditional, the result absolutely delicious. This approach allows every ingredient to shine while the final dish is a harmonic composition in textures and flavors. The menu offers Ecuadorian classics such as encebollado (fish stew) or locro de papa (potato soup) as well as reinventions of traditional dishes like confit duck in blueberry sauce. They also offer some products for sales, such as jams or sauces, so you can take El Mercado home with you!
Picture credit: El Mercado
Kachi Lodge, Uyuni
This eye-catching structure built on a wooden platform in the middle of the Uyuni Salt Lake is the first luxury lodge in the area. Guests are accommodated in six luxury domes, each equipped with a private bathroom with running hot water and a pellet stove. The design includes furniture crafted out of regional materials, bespoke textiles and a unique painting by Bolivian artist Gastón Ugalde. Big bay windows allow an unobstructed view of the surroundings. The lodge's kitchen is located next to the main lounge dome and pampers guests with fine dining cuisine that blends local flavors and international influences. The dishes are accompanied by local wines and a herbal tea station is available throughout the day. The activities during the stay include cultural and ethnic excursions, high altitude as well as sunrise hikes, visits to a quinoa field, encounters with lama farmers and sunset drives. The clear night sky is also perfect for stargazing. It is even possible to go paddling or canoeing during the rainy season
Picture credit: Kachi Lodge
Private yacht and desert experience in Paracas
Paracas is located just a few hours from Lima and the perfect place for some relaxation at the coast paired with an adventurous expedition in the desert
You start the day off with a three-hour cruise on an elegant, 52ft (16m) long private yacht. You will not only discover the Ballestas Islands, a small archipelago just off of Paracas that is home to sea lions, penguins and shorebirds, but will also have the chance to marvel at the "Candelabro", a 595ft (181m) tall ancient geoglyph. You can indulge in a welcome cocktail, wine, beer and soft drinks served by the bartender while the on-board chef prepares delicious, light seafood dishes. In the afternoon, you exchange the waves of the Pacific Ocean for the dunes of the Paracas Desert. A 4x4 SUV will take you on a thrilling ride through the sand dunes and if you like, you can try sandboarding. After stopping at a viewpoint to watch the sun set, you will arrive at a secluded spot where a luxury picnic is waiting in an awning under the desert stars. Enjoy the spectacular view before making your way back to your hotel.
Exclusive Cooking Class in Lima
For years now, Peru has attracted gourmet travelers with its renowned cuisine and some of the world's best restaurants. But why not go a step further and let a professional chef let you in on the secrets of iconic Peruvian dishes during an exclusive cooking class?
Together with chef Ignacio Barrios, you will take a deep-dive into Peruvian cuisine and local products. At a fully equipped cooking station, you will try your hand at preparing a delicious lunch with dishes of your chosing. Our winning combination is a refreshing ceviche followed by a delicious "lomo saltado", a beef stir fry that will literally get fiery! After cooking, you will sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labour and chat with the chef. Meet Ignacio Barrios in this short video, where he gives you a spectacular impression of what to expect during his cooking class! He also shares lots of interesting information about the local products he uses as well as the Asian influences on "lomo saltado". 
Bodega Bracco Bosca's vineyard cabin
Bracco Bosca is one of Uruguay's leading wineries which ships its full-bodied wines to exclusive merchants all over the world. It's located a 1-hour drive from Montevideo in a beautiful part of Uruguay's countryside. Until now, the family-run vineyard was open to visitors only for wine tastings and lunch. Last December, the winery launched an exclusive two-deck wood cabin with private pool for overnight guests right amidst the grapevines. The picturesque cabaña was christened "Viña Viva" and was a long-standing dream of owner Fabiana Bracco that became true last year. The design is minimalistic yet cozy and the view from the cabin deck of the surrounding landscape is simply breathtaking. Guests can enjoy a guided visit of the winery including a wine tasting and can explore the property on bike or horseback. The winery's sommelier is at disposal for any inquiries about local grape varieties and the different wines. Breakfast with artisanal products is included and delivered right to the door. For lunch and dinner, guests can make use of collaborations with local restaurants that offer a special delivery service directly to the cabin.
Picture credit: Bodega Bracco Bosca
Charco Bistró, Colonia del Sacramento
Colonia del Sacramento is the oldest town of Uruguay and a real colonial treasure. It is also a favorite day excursion for people crossing the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires. When you are looking for a culinary experience to round off your stay, Charco Bistró should be at the top of your list. The restaurant is located at the waterfront in the historic centre, inside the Charco Boutique Hotel, and one of the best spots in town. It specializes in Uruguayan cuisine and the dishes are accompanied by wines from nearby vineyards. Some of the delicious classics guests can look forward to include tender sweetbread, homemade ravioli or steak, cooked to perfection. 
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