Llao Llao is a world-famous hotel in Patagonia with a state-of-the-art restaurant designed by the renowned architect Alejandro Bustillo. Located in the ski-side resort town of Bariloche, the five-star hotel contains multiple restaurants, a café, a golf course, a spa, and a gym. Perched on a hill, the hotel’s location offers a stunning, 360-degree view of surrounding lakes and mountains. Even those who are just the tiniest bit outdoorsy won’t be able to resist seeing those breathtaking sights up close. Besides, how bad can an outing be when waking up to an abundant breakfast array of croissants, waffles, custom-made omelets, homemade bread, yogurts, and more? There are even gluten-free options, a rarity in Argentina.
Cavas Wine Lodge in the wine valley of Mendoza is the epitome of luxury. Situated in the midst of a sprawling vineyard, each room faces west to give guests sunrise and sunset views. Each room also has its own wood oven, outdoor shower, and private plunge pool. The lodge has a restaurant, as well as a spa offering grape-related treatments, such as a crushed Malbec scrub or a long soak in a tub of Bonarda (here‘s a refresher on Argentine wines).
How about enjoying a wildlife safari along with your luxury beach-side condominium? There’s all that and more at Océano Patagonia: Wild Coast Residence, located in the heart of a gorgeous wildlife reserve in Puerto Pirámides. Summer is the time to go, and the whale-watching season starting in June in Península Valdés, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The oceanside residence collaborates with local tour operators to get its guests up close and personal with the area’s incredible biodiversity, be it through a safari, a photo tour, fishing, or other activities. See colonies of elephant seals, sea lions, and the rare (and endangered) southern right whales and their calves. “You can lay in bed and listen to the whales breathe,” says Océano Patagonia founder Sharilyn Amy. “That’s the kind of luxury you can’t even put a price on.”
At the tip of Argentina stands Arakur, a sustainably built luxury hotel on top of a mountain balcony overlooking the “end of the world,” as Ushuaia is proverbially known. Situated 800 feet (243.84 meters) above sea level, the hotel’s panoramic views draw guests year round. Arakur was built out of natural materials and designed to have minimal impact on the surrounding environment. It should, therefore, come as no surprise that the hotel encourages its guests to explore the area’s abundant beauty by offering hiking tours to the nearby Reserva Natural Cerro Alarkén and facilitating trips to Cerro Castor during ski season. The hotel offers amenities like a buffet breakfast, a restaurant, a gym, and a heated pool.
Gapasai is quite a little gem nestled in the La Cumbre mountains of Cordoba. Of particular note is the food: the restaurant offers a nine-course menu designed by the talented Chef Santiago Blondel, who trained in Michelin-star restaurants in Europe. In the summer months, dinner starts just as the sun sets over the mountains. A nature-oriented residence, the family-run boutique hotel looks out over the stunning Punilla Valley and offers guests outdoor activities (ranging from golf to paragliding to horseback riding) as well as all the necessities for relaxing afterwards: massages, reflexology, and, more unusually, Bach flower therapy. The boutique is cash-only, so come prepared.
In the mountainous northwestern province of Salta is Kkala, a small luxury hotel with an intimate, family-run atmosphere. Located in an exclusive neighborhood near Salta’s historic city center, Kkala offers homemade breakfast, fresh flowers, and a cozy library. The grounds have a pool and garden, and some suites have a Jacuzzi. With only 10 rooms, Kkala is all about comfort and tranquility.
Get real fancy in Buenos Aires with the luxurious restored 1912 Algodon Mansion in the Recoleta neighborhood, built in French Classical style. It features an indoor waterfall, spacious suites, a restaurant, wine bar, pool, and rooftop terrace. The spa has steam, sauna, massage rooms, Stendhal Paris treatments. Name it, and Algodon will have it or do its best to procure it. Take the video tour below to see more.