From the icy El Calafate, through the wineries of Mendoza and Atlantic Forest, the options of Relais & Châteaux hotels featuring luxury accommodations with award-winning cuisine in Argentina comprise a variety of scenarios. So if you love to travel, stay at luxury hotels, and taste the best of local cuisine, this list will not disappoint.
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EOLO – Patagonia’s Spirit
In the region known as the end of the world, the city of El Calafate holds stunning glacial landscapes, which gain the luxurious comfort of the EOLO Patagonia Spirit. All rooms have panoramic windows with unique views and spa amenities. The large windows are also present in the elegant restaurant, from where you can have breakfast watching the sunrise or lunch and dinner with the exquisite cuisine of Chef Juan Pablo Bonaveri, who blends regional recipes with contemporary touches. The wine list is 100% Argentinean.
Overlooking the lush Nahuel Huapi Lake and the imposing Andes Mountains, Las Balsas is one of the most charming hotels in Patagonia. The exclusive restaurant offers a gastronomy representative of Patagonian traditions, harmonizing with the best Argentinian wines from their stone cellar, featuring more than 150 labels. In addition, guests can enjoy the assistance of its sommelier in Mendel wine tastings. The highlight is the “Balsas” massage at the spa, a holistic treatment that includes aromatherapy, reflexology, acupuncture, and lymphatic drainage. And there are several activities to enjoy contact with nature: trekking, mountain biking, kayaking, sport fishing, and bird watching, as well as more radical adventures at the “end of the world.”
House of Jasmines
The House of Jasmines is another luxury lodging option at the foot of the Andes, with 14 rooms distributed in three houses in an area of 100 hectares. You’ll find a heated pool at the spa with panoramic views of the Andes, a Turkish bath, and special treatment rooms. The restaurant’s menu consists exclusively of traditional Argentinian dishes, including the famous barbecue and norteño specialties, such as tamales (corn-based empanadas). To complement the menu, guests can enjoy a special tasting of Argentine wines, including various labels from Salteños and Cafayate. In addition, the gourmet menu gets a more regional touch at night with jazz and folkloric dance shows.
In the heart of the Argentine pampas, the charming ranch El Colibri offers horseback riding, polo, hunting, bird watching, spa, yoga, and, of course, the pleasures of fine dining. In the restaurant, the menu is prepared with fresh ingredients, such as meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, spices, and herbs, many of them produced on the property. The tasting at the winery features an exclusive selection of the best wines from Argentina, especially from Mendoza, Salta, and Patagonia. You can also enjoy a picnic prepared by the chef on the banks of the Santa Clarita River, take cooking classes with the children, or even choose the ingredients and follow the harvest in the garden so that the chef can create a unique lunch, especially for you.
La Bamba de Areco
One of the oldest resorts in Argentina, La Bamba de Areco, has undergone a recent renovation to become a luxury boutique hotel that oozes comfort. Each meal is served in a different part of the property, adding extra charm to the experience. It is possible to sample the authentic gaucho traditions, such as tasting different types of meat and the typical mate and watching folkloric dance presentations and equestrian competitions. It has a swimming pool, spa, bocce court, two polo fields and offers outdoor activities, such as horseback riding, carriage rides, and bicycle riding.
Cavas Wine Lodge
The Cavas Wine Lodge in Lujan de Cuyo, at the foot of the Andes, brings a mix of luxury and rural tourism tailored for wine lovers. Located just half an hour from Mendoza, the hotel offers 18 suites and spa services, as well as, of course, a renowned Argentine restaurant. With a contemporary menu that constantly changes according to the season’s produce, dinner is a tasting menu paired with wines; lunch is à la carte (changing every six months), and breakfast.
Rustic scenery takes over at Awasi Iguazu, on the Argentine side of the Iguazu Falls, located just 20 minutes from the hotel in Puerto Iguazú. Situated on the banks of the Iguazu River and surrounded by the Atlantic Rainforest, each of the property’s 14 private villas has a 4×4 vehicle for guests to explore the surroundings. Chef Manuel Agrelo incorporates the unique atmosphere of the hotel into the restaurant, bringing different and unique dishes with local flavors. The menu features delicacies such as marinated pacu with mango and fennel salad, and shrimp with curried banana and criollo sauce.