The January issue of Condé Nast Traveler has their Gold List, which contains the top hotels in each region based on reader surveys. I don’t tend to trust reader surveys very much since ball0t-stuffing is so rampant. As one experienced hotel PR agency person once said to me, “Most people who are going to take an hour to fill out a magazine survey are the ones who have a vested interest in who wins.”

In regions where there isn’t a whole lot of high-end competition, however, the best hotels—or at least the ones that are the best-known—tend to bubble to the top. This year EVERY hotel cited for South America has already been reviewed by Luxury Latin America. Here’s the full list, with direct links to our detailed, professional reviews.

Alvear Palace – Argentina
Four Seasons Buenos Aires – Argentina
Palacio Duhua Park Hyatt – Argentina
Cavas Wine Lodge – Argentina

Kanantik Reef & Jungle Resort – Belize

Hotel Fasano Sao Paulo – Brazil

Hotel Salto Chico – Chile

Sofitel Santa Clara – Colombia

El Silencio Lodge & Spa – Costa Rica
Four Seasons Costa Rica
Lapa Rios Ecolodge and Wildlife Refuge – Costa Rica
Xandari Resort & Spa – Costa Rica

Hotel Museo Casa Santo Domingo – Guatemala

Hotel Monasterio – Peru
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel – Peru
Libertador Palacio del Inka – Peru

Four Seasons Carmelo – Uruguay

Sure, there are some great luxury hotels and resorts missing from this list that we could argue are better than some on here, but these are all fine places to stay for sure. Read our reviews to see which ones are right for you on a future vacation.