Argentina is a country of romance. From the seductive tango to its fine wines, it’s the perfect place for newlyweds to spend their honeymoon. You can dance the tango in Buenos Aires, trek across a glacier, sample the local produce in one world’s best wine regions, hike through Patagonia, and so much more, all within the same borders.
Buenos Aires is one of the most romantic cities in the world, tailor-made for lovers, which is perhaps why it’s known as the “Paris of South America.” This vibrant metropolis with a European feel has so much to offer passionate newlyweds celebrating their union. Here, you and your partner can enjoy an urban oasis, complete with a rich history, and all the perks of a warm climate. The city marries sophistication with the Latin passion for which Argentina is so famous; it is filled with cultural gems, superb cuisine, and a flourishing nightlife.
The café culture is alive and well along cobblestone streets where you will be awestruck by the majestic architecture. Have a picnic underneath a statue in one of the city’s many green parks. Book a night out at the opera or ballet at the exquisite Teatro Colón. The nightlife here is as colorful as the streets, and bars stay open all night so you can dance until dawn in this city that invented tango. If you’re keen to tango, you should visit a milonga (local tango club), Salon Canning is an authentic and local favorite.
If you’re hoping to improve your skills before taking your moves to the dance floor, you can sign up for a lesson at the famous Alvear Palace. However, if you prefer to admire tango strictly as a spectator you can watch a tango show, which features some of the best dancers in the world. Dining options include iLatina − Buenos Aires’ best closed-door restaurant − seductively secretive and typically hosted in a small-sized private villa, reservations must be made ahead of time.
Facing the water of the Port of Buenos Aires, the tasting and vegetarian menus of Chilia Restaurant change monthly, with their watchword being traceability. Meanwhile, El Baqueano in San is dedicated to local ingredients including game meats and inventive dishes. For city accommodation on your Argentina honeymoon, consider the Palacio Duhau, which is grandeur at its best in the heart of the upscale Recoleta neighborhood. Chandeliers adorn the ceilings; marble tiles cover the floors and plush beds greet newlyweds on their honeymoon. There are plenty of cozy nooks to grab a glass of wine together, the hotel’s restaurants serve up sumptuous Argentine feasts or international cuisine and the hotel’s Ahin Spa is one of the city’s best and can put together treatment packages for couples.
The elegant and Parisian-style Recoleta is without a doubt the poshest and upscale neighborhood in Buenos Aires, making it a top choice for honeymooners. If you are looking for old-world extravagance, the best hotel is The Alvear Palace. In keeping with the neighborhood’s Francophile theme, this majestic hotel draws on the style of Louis XV and XVI. Marble covers nearly every surface in its palatial lobby, rooms boast 500 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets as well as fresh-cut flowers, and bathrooms feature Roman-deep Jacuzzis. Each guestroom includes personal butler service.
Located in northern Argentine Patagonia, you can’t help but feel romantic in the city of Bariloche with its Swiss-style chalet buildings and endless lake views. The town center is small and easy to stroll around – make sure to stop in at the chocolate shops as this is the chocolate capital of Argentina. A must for a romantic dinner is Butterfly, a gourmet restaurant with multi-course tasting menus, overlooking Nahuel Huapi Lake. Stay at Llao, one of South America’s most famous hotels, where the rooms are decorated in the warm style of a mountain lodge, and blessed with spellbinding views over the Moreno and Nahuel Huapi lakes and the nearby mountains.
Rent a car and spend an afternoon in El Bolsón, a small town 75 miles south of Bariloche known for its cheeses and beer. The next day, drive the Ruta de Los Siete Lagos, a route that will take you around aqua-hued lakes and snow-capped mountains.
One of the best honeymoon spots in Argentina is Mendoza, the country’s most famous wine-producing region, with many of its wineries located in the shadow of the Andes mountains, which makes for a picturesque backdrop to any wine tasting. Wending your way through this gorgeous region on a bicycle, or by car with a private driver, is a delight. There are more than 80 wineries, many free of charge to visit, which offer tastings and tours. The city also provides access to outdoor adventures including horse riding, hiking, and river rafting.
There are some beautiful hotels in the Mendoza region. Does a room with a private deck, private plunge pool, vintage soaking tub, and a fireplace sound like somewhere you’d like to spend a few nights of your honeymoon? Just half an hour from Mendoza city, each of the 18 rooms at Cavas Wine Lodge offers these luxuries and more. Wake up to glorious views of the Andes before spending the day checking out local wineries.
In the northeast, an incredible waterfall is so massive and spectacular that it can’t be contained within just one country. Within a huge protected national park, Iguazu Falls is a system of 275 waterfalls, which overlap into three countries − Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. Wake up to the thunderous roar of the water, and spend a day wandering through the catwalks that weave in and around – and sometimes under the falls. The lush green forest and exotic wildlife around the cascades make it an even more visually astonishing sight.
There are some amazing walkways in the forest and you can go on a boat ride to explore the river. If you time your Iguazu Falls honeymoon to coincide with the full moon, you can take a moonlight tour of the waterfalls. How much more romantic can it get? You may like to stay at Awasi Iguazú, where each villa is surrounded by the rainforest, so you’ll fall asleep and wake up to the serene sounds of wildlife. The villas have private decks and plunge pools and spacious living areas decorated with traditional textiles and handwoven baskets.
If you’re feeling adventurous, Patagonia offers a wealth of potential experiences and landscapes for an unforgettable Argentine honeymoon. El Chaltén, the trekking capital of Patagonia, is the place to start. From here, you can choose treks of varying difficulties that get you up close to the Fitz Roy and Cerro mountains. While hiking is the main drawcard of El Chaltén, this small town also offers mountain biking, rafting, and horseback riding.
You might also consider spending a few days in nearby El Calafate and taking a guided tour of the Perito Moreno Glacier. You’ll be wowed by the thrill of the chill. Destino Sur Hotel de Montaña & Spa, El Chalten, is only 1,650 feet from Los Glaciares National Park. This mountain lodge has spacious rooms with plush beds, and you’ll be grateful for the sauna. Massages are also available in the hotel spa.
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