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With a reputation for high end travel and being one of the most modern countries in Latin America, itâ€™s no surprise that Argentina should also be leading in luxury hotels. However, the high end lodgings donâ€™t end in Buenos Aires. On the contrary, some of the best hotels and estancias in the country are found outside of the capital, from the north of the country to the tip of the continent.
Llao Llao Hotel & Resort â€“ Bariloche
The Llao Llao is one of the most respected hotels in Argentina, and is a traditional image of lodging in Bariloche, in the Lake District of Patagonia. Located in the Nahuel Huapi National Park, Llao Llao, Province of RÃo Negro, Patagonia, the hotel is overlooking the Moreno and Nahuel Huapi Lakes. Designed by famous architect Alejandro Bustillo in 1939, this hotel also has an 18-hole golf course.
As you would imagine, the service is top notch and sets a model to follow for other hotels in the area. The 159-room hotel has a range of activities available, though you might also want to just relax and enjoy the scenery or the comfortable accommodations. The Llao Llao is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, but maintains its traditional style and character.
Eolo Lodge â€“ El Calafate
This estancia in Santa Cruz province was opened in 2004, but keeps in check with traditional Patagonian design and motif. All of the modern amenities like Wi-Fi, a TV room, and a heated pool and sauna are available, but the design is homey and comfortable, as if you were in your own house. The style of the estancia is an English Tudor, with an amazing 180 degree view from Lago Argentino on the left to Chile on the right. No surprise that this estancia is a member of Relais & Chateaux.
Located outside of El Calafate, the estancia is nearly isolated and totally in tune with nature. Itâ€™s about an hour drive to Glaciers National Park, where you can visit the main highlight of El Calafate, the Perito Moreno Glacier. The lodge has its own activities and excursion opportunities, but does not include the glacier visit. 17 rooms and suites keep this estancia exclusive and the service personable. As an all inclusive lodging, the delicious meals are included, taking away the reason to trek into town all the time.
Los Cauquenes â€“ Tierra del Fuego
Down at the bottom of the world lies Los Cauquenes Resort & Spa. Even though Ushuaia isnâ€™t known for particularly great accommodations, this hotel built in 2005 has set the bar high. Already a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and CondÃ© Nast Johansens, Los Cauquenes stands out as the best hotel in the city. The hotel is located on the banks of the Beagle Channel, with Chile across the way. To the front you find towering Andean peaks and hills.
The 54 rooms come complete with Wi-Fi, DirecTV, mini bars, and incredible views of either the channel or the mountains. A high end spa, two living rooms, and gourmet restaurant complete the experience. In terms of other high end luxury hotels in Argentina, Los Cauquenes might not be the best of the best, but for its location it outdoes the rest.
House of Jasmines â€“ Salta
House of Jasmines was once a private residence, but has been turned into a luxury hotel that ranks as a member of Relais & Chateaux. Itâ€™s a bit far away from the city of Salta (about 30 minutes) and off the beaten track, but this only adds to the allure and tranquility of the location. Itâ€™s far away from civilization, but hardly uncivilized, defining luxury for the region. Actor Robert Duvall once owned this estate, but sold it to the new owners StÃ©phanie and Raoul Fenestraz.
The 12 rooms come with their own different charms and touches, though the designs are simple and airy. Wi-Fi is available throughout the estancia, as well as room service and laundry. Guests are free to roam around the grounds and take part in activities in the region, though hanging out and relaxing might be one of the most enjoyable parts of the stay here.
El Colibri â€“ CÃ³rdoba
Yet another member of Relais & Chateaux, El Colibri is noted as one of the best estancias in Argentina, not only for its scenery and service, but for its activities and accommodations. The estancia is about 45 minutes from the international airport in CÃ³rdoba, setting it away from noise and other lodging. Here you can go horseback riding, follow gauchos on their daily activities, or go dove shooting. With a gourmet restaurant and asados, you wonâ€™t have a need to go into town.
Nine differently appointed rooms maintain a traditional decoration, though they are extremely comfortable and welcoming. During the day the grounds are quiet, and guests are free to roam around on their own if they want to. Polo is the main activity here, but even if you donâ€™t follow the sport much you can watch as horses are trained and prepared. And of course, there are plenty of other activities for the whole family.
Cavas Wine Lodge â€“ Mendoza
Yep, you guessed it. Another member of Relais & Chateaux, the Cavas Wine Lodge is a unique experience in itself. Nestled in between vineyards and some of the best wineries in Argentina, this lodge is at the foot of the Andes. Cavas is 20 miles south of the city of Mendoza, surrounded by nature, yet it is only a 25 minute drive to the airport. The lodge consists of 14 adobe cabins with total modernity and luxury inside. On the second floor of each house is a seating area with a fire pit. During the day you can gaze at the mountains, and at night you can watch the stars.
Cavas has a state of the art spa and excellent restaurant, serving up some traditional asado and Argentinian steak. From the hotel, itâ€™s easy to visit other wineries in the area, take part in excursions, or just relax and make the most of your stay. Take heart in knowing that youâ€™re staying at one of the best accommodations in South America.