Spotlight on... Boutique Argentina


| May 8, 2014

Cox & Kings’ Ariane Mick enjoyed a holiday to Argentina, and lists the best boutique properties she stayed in along the way.

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Buenos Aires

The sophisticated and energetic capital combines European heritage with Latin charms. Marvel at the grand Colon Theatre and the government’s pink palace, the Casa Rosada; visit the exclusive Recoleta neighbourhood to see its opulent belle epoque architecture and cemetery, where Eva Peron is buried; and stroll among the colourful houses of La Boca. Buenos Aires offers world-class dining, as well as the ubiquitous and delicious steaks, grills and fine local wines. Stays of 3 nights will allow time to wander around the wide boulevards and small neighbourhoods to catch the city at its best and perhaps enjoy a typical tango show.

Favourite boutique property:

Located in the bohemian neighbourhood of Palermo Viejo, Legado Mitico Buenos Aires is a charming boutique hotel inspired by history and culture. Combining classical and contemporary design the hotel offers 11 individually decorated rooms named after legendary Argentinian personalities. There is a library, sundeck and small jacuzzi.

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Salta

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The city of Salta, in the north-west of Argentina, has beautifully preserved colonial architecture and splendid museums. It is a starting point for the Train to the Clouds, a spectacular narrow gauge journey through tunnels, bridges and viaducts into the barren high plateau, as well as scenic trips to shimmering white salt flats or along the valleys to picturesque colonial towns, adobe villages and colourful rugged canyons.

Favourite boutique property:

Legado Mitico Salta is a small luxurious hotel converted from an old mansion, a few blocks from the town’s main square. Inspired by regional culture and history, each of the 11 rooms, named after a charismatic local figure, is decorated with antiques and handicrafts. There is a lovely courtyard, roof terrace and lounge with a fireplace.

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Cafayate & the Calchaquí valley

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Blessed with year-round sunshine, the delightful town of Cafayate is home to high altitude vineyards and excellent wine estates. Featuring scenic canyons and attractive colonial towns, this area can be visited on a circular route from Salta that passes through the Arrows Canyon’s spectacular granite spires and past the impressive cliffs and rock formations of Las Conchas gorge.

Favourite boutique property:

The luxurious Grace Cafayate is in the Estancia de Cafayate, a beautiful 550-hectare estate in the Calchaqui valley. The 12 rooms and suites and 20 villas are furnished in a fresh, contemporary style with views towards the vineyards or the mountains. There is a gourmet restaurant serving local wines, an 18-hole golf course, a spa and indoor pool.

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Mendoza

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Described as the land of sun and good wine, Mendoza is spectacularly set in the foothills of the Andes and is Argentina’s main wine producing region. Visit this stylish city, famous for its fine food, tree-lined avenues and delightful plazas, and sample some of the country’s premium wines. Take a tour of the bodegas (local wineries), where rows of vines stretch out to distant snow-capped mountains, or alternatively relax in the beautiful surroundings of one of the numerous wine estates in the region.

Favourite boutique property:

Cavas Wine Lodge is situated on a private 24-hectare valley among prestigious wine estates and benefits from wonderful views towards the Andes. Each of the 14 detached guestrooms features a private deck, plunge pool and rooftop terrace with a fireplace. Guests can dine alfresco in the vineyards.

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Calafate

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Patagonia encompasses endless wild and windswept expanses, towering Andean mountains and giant glaciers that sweep down to turquoise lakes. Calafate lies on the shore of Lake Argentino and an easy drive away lies the immense blue wall of the advancing Perito Moreno glacier, providing an awe-inspiring spectacle of ever-changing shades and thunderous breaking ice. Take in the astonishing views from panoramic walkways, hike the sculpted surface, or sail in front of the towering wall. Boat trips past drifting icebergs can also be arranged to the breathtaking Upsala and Onelli glaciers.

Favourite boutique property:

Los Sauces Casas Patagonicas is a luxury boutique hotel set among 10 hectares of landscaped gardens on the edge of El Calafate. Inspired by the traditional Patagonian estancias, the hotel comprises 38 sumptuous suites in five separate guesthouses. There is a beautiful spa and a gourmet restaurant serving regional cuisine.

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Read more about Cox & Kings' holidays to Argentina here.

If you enjoyed this article, you may like to read about Ariane's adventures in Patagonia.

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