The Best Family-Friendly Hotels and Resorts to Book in Argentina

Argentina is a fantastic place for kids, with resorts like Bahía Manzano providing a wide variety of outdoor activities
Argentina is a fantastic place for kids, with resorts like Bahía Manzano providing a wide variety of outdoor activities | © mauritius images GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo
Sorrel Moseley-Williams

Writer

Though Argentina is undeniably popular with those on the South America backpackers’ trail, it’s also a fantastic place to visit with kids. Argentines love to spoil children, and the country celebrates its own Día del Niño every August. With so many diverse landscapes, families can undertake a plethora of outdoor activities together, from horseback riding with gauchos in the Córdoba countryside or kayaking on Lake Nahuel Huapi in Patagonia. We check out the best places for families with children to stay in Argentina, bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Villa Beluno Hotel and Spa

Boutique Hotel

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A welcoming lakeside retreat near Bariloche in Patagonia, Villa Beluno is a wonderful natural escape for the whole family, given that it’s set on plenty of land to run around. Overlooking Lake Nahuel Huapi, the quadruple suite is the best option for families. With warm wood hues and exposed stone walls, it’s an ideal respite before taking on the mountainous landscape and outdoor activities, such as horseback riding, together.

2. El Colibri

Hotel

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A delightful family-friendly Relais & Châteaux farm nestled in the Santa Catalina hills in Córdoba province that has children at heart. The whole family can get close to nature, from birdwatching to mountain-biking with a child’s seat, while younger kids can milk the cows and herd the sheep, apron up for an empanada cooking class or ride horses with gauchos. Parents, meanwhile, can rejuvenate at the spa. Whatever age your offspring, El Colibri will happily add a cot or high chair to the rural-chic living quarters as necessary.

3. Charming Bariloche

Boutique Hotel

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With a stunning location on Playa Bonita Beach on the outskirts of Bariloche, Charming lives up to its name. Spacious apartments overlooking the lake are the best bet for families, as they also include a living room and kitchen, while a residence sleeps up to seven. All include a jacuzzi and a hearty buffet breakfast. With the beach and mountains on your doorstep, go kayaking in summer or take to the ski slopes in winter.

4. Lirolay Suites

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel, Hotel

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Lirolay is a characteristic cypress wood-and-stone property with airs of a castle, sitting on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi and five minutes’ drive from central Bariloche. Parents should take up the well-thought-out family plan at Lirolay. Nannies are on hand to keep kids amused while you relax in the spa. Charming cabins with wooden floors and attractive stone walls include a fireplace. After a great night’s sleep, staff can organize outdoor activities for all ages, such as zip-lining in the forest or kayaking on the lake.

5. Bahía Manzano Resort

Resort

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Located on a picturesque bay overlooking Lake Nahuel Huapi in the Patagonian town of Villa La Angostura, Bahía Manzano is popular with families. There’s a wealth of outdoor activities for kids and parents, including a children-friendly play room and games room. This resort also has both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Well-equipped cabins for up to six people are spacious and well-appointed, offering charming lake views.

6. Llao Llao

Resort, Hotel

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Legendary Patagonian hotel Llao Llao sits just outside the city of Bariloche. It is a firm favorite with families, thanks to its incredible setting close to numerous lakes, mountains and hiking trails. With both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, Llao Llao’s celebrated spa also caters to kids and teens, the perfect break for children who require some time away from their parents. Families should book a stylish two-bedroom lakeside cabin furnished with a fireplace and deck.

7. Gran Meliá Iguazú

Resort

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The five-star Gran Meliá boasts a unique location inside the Iguazú National Park in northern Argentina. Entrance to the park is included with your stay, and you can expect stunning views of the Iguazú Falls from many rooms. Children will love taking a jungle safari or splashing around in the infinity or kids’ swimming pool. Airy rooms are stylish and elegant with tropical flourishes in furnishings.

8. House of Jasmines Estancia

Lodge, Hotel

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Tucked into Salta’s lovely countryside, the Relais & Châteaux House of Jasmines is a fantastic kid-friendly base for families wishing to explore the northwestern province. Spacious suites can accommodate a family of four on request, and are designed with rural chic at heart; some have separate living rooms. Staff can easily organize horseback rides around the grounds or further afield to explore the base of the Andes, which lies close to the hotel.

9. Las Dunas Hotel

Resort

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A five-minute drive from downtown El Calafate, the gateway city to the Los Glaciares National Park, the family-friendly Las Dunas Hotel is located on the banks of Lago Argentino. The hotel’s very location ensures kids will be entertained by the wealth of natural beauty all around. Elegant triple rooms can accommodate smaller families, and staff can organize expeditions to the bird sanctuary at Laguna Nimez or to the glacier itself.

10. Arakur Ushuaia

Resort

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A luxurious resort located in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, Arakur’s elevated position ensures stunning panoramic views over the Beagle Channel. Families will love using it as a base to take the train to the end of the world in Tierra del Fuego National Park, then explore the lakes and rugged landscape. After a day outdoors, chill out in the indoor/outdoor swimming pools or kiddies’ pool. Well-appointed rooms are cozy and stylish.

11. Correntoso Lake and River Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Resort, Independent Hotel

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With a spectacular setting on a bluff overlooking the Correntoso River in the Seven Lakes region, near Villa La Angostura, this legendary Patagonian lodge is known for its fantastic fly fishing and extensive landscaped gardens. Correntoso’s concierge will create a customized itinerary for families that will take you trekking to waterfalls or kayaking on Espejo Lake. Families should book the mountain apartment, a chic space with a warm wooden color palette. Shake up traditional dining at a table with a lamb barbecue experience, illuminated by the fire pit.

For more options, discover our guide on the best hotels and resorts in San Luis, Argentina, and book now on Culture Trip.

This is an updated version of an article originally by Sorcha O’Higgins.

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