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Country guide: Argentina

Pack your bags for South America — Argentina’s unique culture and heritage beckons

Fact. The top ten largest countries, in square kilometers.

Famous for the tango and its glorious red meat and wine, this South American country has loads to offer tourists looking for a luxury retreat. From waterfalls to glaciers, the Land of Silver features a diverse landscape and unique culture.

It’s great for outdoor activities like horse riding, fishing, mountaineering and skiing. And if that wasn’t enough, for arts and culture, there’s fascinating literature and architecture to revel in.

Whether you’re into soaking in the laid-back vibes or you want some Latin Amercian culture, we’ve got you covered. 

Fact. The top ten largest countries, in square kilometers.

WHERE TO STAY


ALVEAR PALACE HOTEL 
Av. Alvear 1891, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Concept

Renowned for its architecture and decoration, the Alvear Palace Hotel is a landmark of luxury hospitality that combines European elegance with the latest technology and impeccable personalised service. In 2003, the Alvear Palace Hotel was declared a historical monument of the city of Buenos Aires. It is this history and elegance that gives the essence of the Alvear Palace Hotel, with first-class guest services at the heart of every experience. 

Details

The Alvear Palace Hotel is made up of 207 rooms and suites, the hotel is perfectly located in an area of parks, avenues, cafés and restaurants. Regarded as the little Paris of South America, Recoleta, where the Alvear Palace Hotel is located, offers guest a setting of French architectural design surrounded by cultural pastimes. 

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WHERE TO EAT


EL MERCADO 
Martha Salotti 445, CP1107, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Concept

El Mercado blends the energy of Buenos Aires’ legendary cantinas with the charm of Europe’s open-air markets. This warm, intimate space features the best of Argentinian cuisine prepared by Chef Emiliano Yulita in the traditional adobe oven, authentic wood fire asados and alfresco dining on the restaurant’s terrace. 

Details

You will be able to enjoy dishes like gizzards with escalibada, grilled octopus ceviche, grilled steak loin and risotto with osobuco. The food is not the only thing that makes this experience worthy of being repeated — it is also worth mentioning its old but fun decor, inspired by the San Telmo neighbourhood. Furthermore, its brick walls accompany this interior design, adding an extra touch to the setting and the overall ambience. 

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WHERE TO STAY


FAENA HOTEL 
445 Martha Salotti Street (Puerto Madero), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Concept

Spectacular, contemporary and stylish, the Faena Hotel Buenos Aires is truly extraordinary. The utilitarian façade of the seven-story brick building, a turn-of-the-20th-century grain warehouse, belies the imaginative interiors created by Philippe Starck. Flourishes include unicorn heads on the walls, velvet curtains, crimson-upholstered chairs and crystal chandeliers. 

Details

There is no reception desk; an “experience manager”, who serves as a personal concierge throughout their stay, greets new arrivals. The rooms, many with city and Río de la Plata views, have lapacho-wood floors and arabasceto marble bathrooms. The outdoor pool is one of Buenos Aires’ prime see-and-be-seen spots. A sexy vibe imbues the sultry Library Lounge and El Cabaret, which host nightly tango performances.

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WHERE TO DRINK


THE LIBRARY LOUNGE 
445 Martha Salotti Street (Puerto Madero), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Concept

Lined with antique books and draped in red velvet, The Library Lounge is an intimate space featuring tufted leather sofas, richly detailed rugs and crystal candelabras. Seen as one of the city’s most sultry hangouts, the Library Lounge has the air of a gentlemen’s club mixed with something more fashionable. 

Details

The Library Lounge is popular with an exclusive resident clientele as well as those visiting Buenos Aires and looking for a luxurious bar to see in the evening. DJs and live acts provide entertainment and can range from big band to the busy Thursday night rock show. Excellent mixologists are on hand to guide you through the menu and will happily take you through the fine selection of champagne the venue has become synonymous with. 

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WHERE TO STAY


VINES RESORT & SPA
Ruta Provincial 94, Km 11, Tunuyan, Uco Valley CP 5500, Mendoza, Argentina

Concept

Located in the heart of Argentina’s premier wine-growing region, just south of Mendoza, The Vines Resort & Spa is the ultimate retreat for food and wine lovers and outdoor adventurers. Surrounded by 1,500 acres of private vineyard estates, the resort features elegant modern architecture and expansive private villas — all with outdoor decks and breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains at every turn. 

Details

Spacious bathrooms have local stone walls and feature signature spa products. Immersing themselves in the local atmosphere, guests can experience vino-therapy treatments in the spa, explore the rugged local countryside by horseback, or blend their own wines in the hotel’s state-of-the-art winery. The property features eight rooms and 22 suites, providing an intimate experience for its visitors. 

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