The ultimate luxury vacation in Buenos Aires

Luxury is always the perfect touch to add to any vacation. Whether you’re on your honeymoon or simply like to splurge and enjoy stress-free, exclusive holidays, you can only bet on the best; the best hotels, best restaurants, best shopping, and more. Buenos Aires, Argentina, is the ideal destination to indulge in all that lavishness with countless opportunities for you to discover the grandeur of this capital city.

The best luxury hotels in Buenos Aires

There are so many hotel choices in Buenos Aires that it can make the decision difficult, but only a few can be afforded the ultimate luxury quality. From ostentatious interiors and state-of-the-art amenities to magnificent guestrooms and flawless, professional service, here are some Buenos Aires hotels that actually make the cut and deserve their spot in the true luxury category.

Home to grandiose mansions, impeccably-kept gardens, and designers’ stores, the Recoleta district is where the elegant Porteño elite gather, and where the best hotels of Buenos Aires can be found. The iconic 5-star Alvear Palace Hotel is arguably the most exclusive hotel in town, and maybe in the world. Glittering chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, marble bathrooms, and silk linens are combined with the latest modern amenities, from personal butler services to touch screen telephones in each guestroom.

Another 5-star option in Recoleta, the Park Hyatt, is housed in one of Buenos Aires’ oldest French neo-classical buildings from the 19th Century. Everything simply exudes luxury in this private mansion, where guests are treated like royalty. Recoleta is also the home of luxurious boutique hotels that can be found virtually at every corner.

The most exclusive shopping in Buenos Aires

Strolling down the streets of Recoleta and some of Buenos Aires’ most exclusive neighborhoods, there is very little chance that you’ll be able to resist temptation and not enter in its myriad designers’ stores. This is the ideal spot to splurge in an afternoon of shopping and let yourself get pampered while you spend your money. Famous Italian and French luxury labels feature their collections here, but also new, fashionable designers, either local or international, have settled in the old-fashioned district.

And what makes it even more special is that everything here is quite affordable. You’ll end up with unique pieces without having to spend thousands of dollars. Some examples of great shops are Rossi y Caruso (Posadas 1387), great for leather goods; Tramando (Rodriguez Peña 1973), owned by the nationally recognized and eccentric designer Martin Churba; or Min Agostini (Libertad 1532), for ultra-feminine and futuristic women clothing. These are only a few, and a lot more await to be discovered!

Even the dreaded, crowded shopping malls are now must-sees as several international designers such as Paula Cahen d’Anvers on Posadas and Marcelo Senra in the chic Palermo district have chosen to open their doors in more accessible areas.

Gastronomic adventures in Buenos Aires

After a long day of shopping and sight-seeing, it’s time to put on your party outfit to sit at one of the most exclusive tables of the city before a night out in buzzing Buenos Aires. Amateurs of French cuisine cannot do without a stop at La Bourgogne, the freshly opened, upscale restaurant of the Alvear Palace Hotel.

Various celebrity chefs such as Francis Mallmann and Massey are also part of Buenos Aires’ dining scene with Patagonia Sur for the first, and the Massey on Calle Arce for the second one. Serving expertly prepared traditional and international gastronomy in an elegant setting, these restaurants are among the best in town. And the ideal place to refuel before hitting the opera at the world famous Teatro Colon – named one of the top 5 opera houses of the world for its perfect acoustic and lavish décor.

Richard Leon is Director of Peru Luxury Travel.

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