Buenos Aires was once the pearl of South America, back in the golden age of the city in the 1920s and ’30s. Almost a century later, the city feels a little bit rougher around the edges, but if you know where to look, there is plenty of luxury lurking around every corner. If you really want to conquer Buenos Aires, try out one of these incredibly luxurious experiences from our list.
The Faena Hotel, located in the plush docklands neighbourhood of Puerto Madero, epitomises the new wave of Argentine luxury. Situated in a former brick storage facility, the hotel is operated by famed hotelier Alan Faena and the interiors are the vision of famous designer Philippe Starck. The spa at Faena uses healing therapies from around the world and invokes the heady bliss of the hammam in their private baths. A great idea for couples celebrating a special occasion.
This paradise in the heart of Palermo Chico is a luxury lover’s dream. This restaurant, bar, flower shop and bookshop is located in an elegant yet contemporary house near the Japanese gardens and provides an idyllic setting within which to have drinks before you, say, go to the opera, or for dinner at the ambassador’s residence. Every detail is impossibly well thought through, and the bar wraps around a plant-rimmed fountain, ideal for a summer evening.
Tegui frequently appears on Latin America’s Top 50 Restaurants list, and was bestowed with that distinction once again this year. A secretive affair, you would never be able to tell that there is a haute-cuisine paradise behind the graffiti-covered wall in Palermo Hollywood, but inside Tegui’s darkened dining room is offset with a veritable oasis of green in the patio. A tasting menu combines the freshest and most flavoursome ingredients in truly unique ways, and foodies will delight at the presentation of the plates that the dedicated chefs send out from the open kitchen.
High tea at the Alvear Palace Hotel is one of the most regal activities you can partake in in Buenos Aires. The quintessential luxury hotel in the city, this Louis XV-style hotel was built for traveling Europeans of distinction who were looking to lay their head in the most extravagant place in the Argentine capital. The Alvear Palace still retains this sense of upperclass elegance, and taking tea in the tea rooms has to be among the most luxurious experiences in Buenos Aires.
A night spent at this decadent Beaux Arts building will leave you feeling more royal than the royals. Everything from the opulent decor to the gold standard service and the pristine swimming pool is fit for a king, or queen. There are only seven suites, making it ultra-exclusive, and each one is unique. The hotel was built as a wedding gift for the bride of a wealthy Argentine rancher, and tells the story of Argentina’s history as the “Paris of South America”.
Buenos Aires is awash with clothes shops, boutiques and independent labels, but how do you find out where the best ones are? It is notoriously difficult to shop in Buenos Aires, with much of the clothes being poor quality and overpriced. So the best way to uncover the jewels that the Argentine capital has to offer, whether it be leather, shoes, haute couture or jewellery, is by taking a shopping tour. Sophie Lloyd at Shop Hop BA is a seasoned expert on the shopping scene and will take you on a personalised trip through the city’s best shops and stores.
Private wine tasting
Being in the land of Malbec, it would be a crime not to sample some of the delicious wine that can be found at every turn in the city. There are plenty of wine tastings on offer, but for a truly luxurious experience, take a private wine tasting with a world class sommelier, who can impart both their local and global knowledge of wines and recommend bodegas to visit and wine shops to buy from.