Mendoza is more than Argentina‘s premier wine-making region; in many senses, it is also a way of life. Ride on horseback beneath the Andes mountains and sample the best asado grilled meat alongside a glass of local Malbec. The best way to experience the magic of Mendoza is at one of its all-inclusive resorts. Check out our list below, bookable on Culture Trip.
Roughly 70 percent of Argentina’s wine comes from the Mendoza province. The city itself is made up of leafy streets and Art Deco buildings, while the surrounding countryside is dotted with high-altitude wineries. Needless to say, a trip to the area wouldn’t be complete without staying on one of the vineyards itself. These all-inclusive hotels not only offer wine tasting, but world-class cuisine, adventurous activities and luxurious spas.
For a more budget-friendly stay in Mendoza’s Uco Valley, book the Fuente Mayor Hotel. Half of the hotel’s land is planted with Malbec vines. Stay in a cozy cabin, sleeping up to six people; each comes with a fireplace, deck and private barbecues. Don’t fancy cooking? The Manzano Restó dishes up meat-heavy Argentinian cuisine. Afterwards, roll a few dice at the on-site casino or sip a glass of red at the bar while watching the sunset over the Cordillera.
The Salentein Bodega is one of the most well known in all of Mendoza, so it certainly warrants a hotel worthy of its fame. The Posada Salentein presents a unique hotel experience, connecting you deeply with nature and the essence of wine production. A stay in this small, exclusive ranch, surrounded by the bodega’s vineyards in the foothills of the Andes, is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You can also visit the Killka Art Museum on site – a convergence of art, architecture, wine and gastronomy not found anywhere else in Mendoza or Argentina.
This luxurious resort and spa frequently makes it onto international lists of the best places to stay. Benefiting not only from a spectacular location at the base of the Andes, this incredible resort is also home to one of Argentina’s most famous restaurants, Siete Fuegos, owned by Argentina’s enfant terrible of the culinary world, Francis Mallmann. There is a heavy focus on wellness, with a variety of classes available (including yoga) – even more enjoyable given the stunning setting. This is easily one of the most majestic hotels in Argentina.
Nina Zietman contributed additional reporting to this article.
Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip
meet our Local Insider
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GUIDE?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.
WHAT DESTINATION IS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST?
I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!
Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.