36 hours in Buenos Aires: Luxury

This wasn’t called the Paris of South America for no reason! Buenos Aires has all the luxuries a European capital can afford: five star hotels, gourmet cuisine, exclusive tours and all the makings for a great weekend schmoozing, boozing and relaxing.

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Photo credit: Faena Hotel

Friday, 6:00pm

The hottest luxury hotel in BA is Faena, and it wasn’t called a ‘universe’ for nothing. Designed by Philippe Starck in one of the landmark buildings in the city, El Porteño, this is so much more than a hotel – it has an arts center, a spa, live music performances and some of the city’s best dining options, and as you’d expect from Starck no expense or creativity is spared in its design. Start the evening with a private wine tasting in the cellar, with the largest collection of wines in Argentina at your disposal, then move onto one of the restaurants before finishing for an intimate evening of top quality tango in El Caberet bar. Expect sizzling tango and sip on a champagne cocktail to cool off from the latin heat on the dance floor. If you don’t want to stay at the hotel or choose to dine elsewhere, you are in the right place – BA’s opulent neighborhood, Puerto Madero – where there are dozens of great restaurants, clubs and hotels.


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The idea of brunch hasn’t quite caught on in Buenos Aires yet, but there are a couple places where you can breakfast like a queen – mainly in hotels. Try L’Orangerie in the attractive Recoleta neighborhood where you can pick through a large buffet and have a few glasses of bubbly to get your day started right.

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There’s only one way to see the city as a true high flyer – from the air. A private helicopter tour of the city will give you one of the most privileged views of Buenos Aires and its barrios, but it doesn’t stop there! Your helicopter will take you to one of the city’s famed polo grounds where you can learn all about this exclusive sport, see a game and meet some players. This insight into Argentina’s sporting pride also is an opportunity to break bread with the elite polo crowd in a traditional Argentine way – with an asado (BBQ). A lunch of succulent roast meats and the world renowned Argentine steak along with some of Argentina’s top wines is not to be missed, nor is the flight home. There’s nothing quite as cool as arriving (and leaving) in style. If polo isn’t your thing then you can arrange to visit a nearby ranch, spa or golf course with the helicopter tour too.

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Ease away any left over tensions from the week with a massage or spa treatment fromThe Four Seasons spa, one of the city’s top boutique spas tucked away in Palermo Hollywood. Make sure to finish off with a Patagonian Seaweed bath to get the real Argentine spa experience.

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