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My Route du Bonheur

From Argentina to the traditional estancias and the magnificent Patagonia

Salvatore Ferragamo
By Salvatore Ferragamo, Relais & Châteaux Ambassador 2013 and CEO of Il Borro

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Salvatore Ferragamo runs Il Borro, a Relais & Châteaux hotel in Tuscany (Italy). However, today he is talking to us not about Italy, but about Argentina, and about his love of its landscapes and polo. "Argentina is a country that I love. I was lucky enough to visit it when I was younger, when I was looking to spend several months experiencing life on a farm. My family is highly committed to protecting the environment and to sustainable development. To get some experience for my future projects in Italy I wanted to develop that in Argentina. I had the good fortune to live for a while with a famous polo-playing family, Gonzalo and Luisita Tanoira, in Nueve de Rulio. This was a great introduction to the Argentine culture and way of life. I have returned to this country many times and now I would like to take my children there, so that they too can discover its incredible nature."
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
*Total price provided for information only, based on accommodation for two people in a double room for the number of nights per property as indicated on this page, exclusive of recommended activities, properties that cannot be reserved online and restaurants.


1 San Antonio de Areco — 3 Nights
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La Bamba de Areco

San Antonio de Areco - Argentina

Hotel and restaurant in the country. In the heart of the pampa, just 120 kilometers (75 miles) from Buenos Aires, La Bamba de Areco is an early 19th-century estancia that emanates charm and character. The colonial-style buildings have been tastefully converted into a luxury hotel infused with the gaucho spirit. The dark red facades of the main house and the stables, the immense tree-shaded grounds and the warm, attentive service make this a unique, magical place. A polo team practices on the field next door, and the rooms, fittingly, are named after famous horses. Decorated in leather, wood and wool, each one has its own distinctive “thoroughbred” style, making La Bamba de Areco a veritable microcosm of Argentine culture. ... Learn moreless

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Restaurant Chila

Restaurant Chila

Argentine gastronomy has found its ambassador facing the water of the Port of Buenos Aires. In the modern neighbourhood of Puerto Madero, Chila, the restaurant of Andrés Porcel, has been in perpetual evolution for more than 10 years. Chef Pedro Bargero creates innovation in the kitchen. But it all begins with a trip to the mercado to select the best products and producers, purveyors of the delicious exploration of this vast country that awaits you. The tasting and vegetarian menus change monthly, with their watchword being traceability. Choosing among the refined dishes will seem obvious when presented in such a sensible yet original manner: leek / Yacaratiá / milk or black hake / Jerusalem artichoke.

Caminito, Buenos Aires

Caminito, Buenos Aires

This street, located in the working-class La Boca neighbourhood, was the inspiration for the famous tango "Caminito", composed in 1926 by the great Juan de Dios Filiberto. Today it is a kind of open-air museum, with a succession of artist’s workshops, craftspeople, little Italian restaurants (especially Neapolitan ones) and more. This area, with its bohemian spirit, seems to exist outside of the city, to the sound of bandoneons and guitars…

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El Colibri

Santa Catalina - Argentina

Hotel and restaurant in a park. With the Córdoba’ Sierras as a background, Stéphanie and Raoul Fenestraz have created a real living Argentinean estancias in the heart of Argentina. Light wood parquet flooring and high white vaulted ceilings, selected furniture and objects: your suite reflects the spirit of the property, spacious, elegant, full of light and stories. Your days are spent between horseback riding, polo lessons, picnic in the garden, outside swimming pool and wine tastings before wonderful culinary delights. Beef, mutton, eggs and milk from their farm, fruit, herbs and home-grown vegetables are the ingredients for unforgettable barbecues in a convivial atmosphere, which forms the essence of Argentinean countryside. ... Learn moreless

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Doma and Folklore Festival

Doma and Folklore Festival

Considered the largest dressage and folklore festival in Latin America, it's the meeting place of gaucho culture. In early January of each year, the event causes a stir! Rodeo competitions of gauchos on horseback, folk dances, asados and traditional music concerts are planned. A lively atmosphere shared every year by nearly 45,000 people.

Estancia Santa Catalina, the Footprint of Jesuit Builders

Estancia Santa Catalina, the Footprint of Jesuit Builders

Near El Colibri, discover the Jesuit Estancia of Santa Catalina founded in 1622. This architectural gem is the very illustration of Jesuit settlement in the region. As bona-fide builders, the Jesuits left an important imprint in the region with the renowned estancias of Córdoba: Alta Gracia, Jesús María, La Candelaria and Caroya all listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and associated with the Jesuit assembly of downtown Córdoba.

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3 Lujan de Cuyo — 3 Nights
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Corner room in the vineyards of Cavas Wine Lodge Mendoza Argentina II
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Cavas Wine Lodge

Lujan de Cuyo - Argentina

Hotel and restaurant in the country. Mendoza boasts one of the world’s most charming wine routes, with beautiful landscapes and a variety of high-quality vineyards. On a 22-hectare estate at the foot of the Andes, Cecilia Diaz Chuit and Martín Rigal have created a splendid Spanish colonial-style hotel devoted to the joys of wine, complete with a wellness center and Moorish-inspired patios. In any season, the Mendoza wine country offers myriad activities and attractions that beckon to explore a region famed for sunny skies and nature’s blessings. Visit the local vineyards or stroll through historic Mendoza before enjoying a glass of wine on the terrace and watching the sun set behind the Andes Mountains. ... Learn moreless

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The Grape Harvest Festival, Mendoza

The Grape Harvest Festival, Mendoza

Since 1936, the Fiesta de la Vendimia, held around the first weekend in March, has been bringing together wine lovers from all across South America. During the festival, which lasts for almost a week, you can enjoy the Benediction of the Fruit, the Vía Blanca de las Reinas and the Carrusel de la Vendimia parades. During the Acto Central, close to a thousand dancers come together to celebrate the year’s harvest. Throughout the town there is a party atmosphere, with dancing and singing. And in between the traditional parades, we pay tribute to the Malbec wines…

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Las Balsas

Villa La Angostura - Argentina

Hotel and restaurant on a lake. The last inhabitable land before the South Pole, Patagonia fascinates everyone who comes here. And Las Balsas is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places to stay in this far-flung part of the world at the tip of the South American continent. This romantic hotel with its blue facades offers a superb view of the magnificent lake and surrounding mountains. Take a romantic boat ride, venture out canoeing or on horseback, or just relax and be pampered in the soothing and revitalizing spa, overlooking Nahuel Huapi Lake. End a perfect day with a meal in the first-class restaurant, where sophisticated dishes using local produce will delight the palate. ... Learn moreless

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El Nirantal, Villa La Angostura

El Nirantal, Villa La Angostura

Art and conservation are the main issues here. Through the items it produces, the El Ñirantal project aims to preserve the culture and heritage of the Mapuche Indian community. Their textiles, carpets, ponchos and wooden items are produced in line with fair trade principles. The simultaneously modern and traditional objects that are produced in their workshops continue to draw attention to the memory of the ancient peoples.

Waterfalls and panoramic views

Waterfalls and panoramic views

This is one of the most spectacular walks in the area: climb to the lookout point known as Belvedere to discover Correntoso Lake at the foot of the mountains and its three branches leading to the superb Nahuel Huapi Lake. This landscape, forgotten by man, seems to have remained unchanged for millennia. Away from the rocky cliffs, a steep trail leads to the spectacular Incayal waterfall, which is 50 metres high. A real immersion in the heart of the Mapuche Indian territory.

The Arrayanes forest

The Arrayanes forest

Located in Nahuel Huapi National Park, the splendid Arrayanes Forest is home to a rare species of tree, recognisable by its golden bark, related to the myrtle tree. The arrayan tree grows very slowly and remains vulnerable due to the presence of humans and animals. Nevertheless, the average age of the trees in this forest is nearly 650 years! A discovery trail winds through the forest and marks off the area open to visitors. You can reach the site by sailboat from the Las Balsas hotel.

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EOLO - Patagonia's Spirit

El Calafate - Santa Cruz - Argentina

Hotel and restaurant in the country. Eolo embodies the spirit of Patagonia, its indigenous roots, the personal experiences of the first European and criollo settlers and those of the adventurers from across the world who still head for this legendary land today. This magical lodge is located on an estate that stretches over 4,000 hectares near El Calafate, on the route to the Perito Moreno glacier. Here in the valley of La Anita, nothing can disturb the tranquility. Set off and explore unspoiled nature, relax in the indoor pool and savor delicious cuisine while taking in the incredible views of glaciers, the largest lake in Argentina and the Andes Mountains. ... Learn moreless

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Tierra del Fuego

Tierra del Fuego

Just one mention of Tierra del Fuego and you are transported on a journey. In Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city, inside an old bank, is the End of the World Museum. A surprising place, which holds the splendid prow of the Duchess of Albany, salvaged from the water after the British ship ran aground in 1893 in Policarpo bay. You can discover many "end of the earth" stories here, including those of the old convicts, political dissidents, anti-establishment artists and other anarchists who were sent to Ushuaia. The former "recidivists" prison is today a naval base, which is also open to visitors.

Perito Moreno glacier, Province of Santa Cruz

Perito Moreno glacier, Province of Santa Cruz

Located in Los Glaciares National Park, the Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the most famous in the world. Everyone has seen pictures of the ice falling and crashing into the lake opposite. According to scientists, the glacier is advancing by two metres per day, but is not shrinking. Perito Moreno is almost 5 kilometres wide and 170 metres high (about a hundred of which are underwater). I dream of bringing my children here, so that we can listen to nature’s pulse together…

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