Honeymoon Hot Spot: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nicknamed “the Paris of South America” for its abundance of fin de siècle architecture, European atmosphere, and thriving cultural scene—art, live theatre, and tango shows are ubiquitous here—Buenos Aires gives its French counterpart a run for its money when it comes to romantic honeymoon destinations.
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Add in beautiful parks, vibrant nightlife—Porteños, as the city’s residents are called, typically don’t sit down to dinner until 10 p.m., and the true fun begins after that—and some of the world’s best wines and tastiest steaks, and you can’t go wrong with a romantic escape to South America’s most sizzling city.
Buenos Aires is home to several luxury hotels, but with just 10 suites, attentive, white-glove service, and a stylish restaurant and wine bar of its own, Algodon Mansion gives newlyweds an intimate experience that larger hotels can’t replicate. A member of Relais & Chateaux, the boutique hotel is located in the city’s tree-lined Recoleta residential neighborhood, within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, and parks.
In addition to its 10 plush suites, the hotel is home to a rooftop pool and patio—the perfect setting for a private wine tasting—and a full-service spa, where couples can indulge in steam and sauna facilities and facial and massage services. If you sit down for dinner at Algodon’s restaurant, be sure to try the delicious empanadas, a popular dish in Buenos Aires. And whether you dine in the hotel or out on the town, don’t miss out on the Chardonnay Sours in Algodon’s cozy wine bar.
There’s a lot to see and do in Buenos Aires, so be sure to pack a chic pair of walking shoes and that fancy new camera gifted from your grandparents. Not sure where to start? Pay a visit to Recoleta Cemetery, which, while we know it sounds morbid, is famous for its maze of beautiful, marble mausoleums and all of the notable Porteños who are buried there. They include past presidents, military leaders, Nobel Prize winners, and the famous late first lady Eva Perón.
If you want to see the balcony that Ms. Perón made famous (along with Madonna, in the film adaptation of her life), head to Plaza de Mayo, where you’ll find the Casa Rosada (translation: the pink house), Argentina’s presidential palace. (Its official name: Casa de Gobierno.) Also take a stroll through La Boca, a colorful working-class residential neighborhood whose early settlers were Italian immigrants. If you’ve got good timing, you can take in a fútbol match between the hometown Boca Juniors and their visiting rivals at La Bombonera soccer stadium.
If you enjoy shopping, dancing, and eating (and who doesn’t?), stroll through the city’s San Telmo neighborhood, a popular spot for antiquing where you’re likely to see a tango demonstration or two. On Sundays, its square, Plaza Dorrego, turns into a wildly popular market where you can buy antiques, souvenirs, and plenty more. But if you miss it, don’t worry. On any day, Plaza Dorrego is a good spot for café and pub hopping, and outdoor tables shaded by blue umbrellas allow revelers to enjoy it all al fresco.
Finally, if you’re up for a good stroll, don’t miss Avenida 9 de Julio, which is the widest in the world. Some of the best photo opps are near the Teatro Colón and El Obelisco monument. For more info about what to see and do in the Paris of South America, head here. And don’t forget—seasons in Buenos Aires are opposite of ours, so plan accordingly. In Buenos Aires’s late springtime (December), the city’s jacaranda trees burst into bloom, filling the city with pops of brilliant, breathtaking purple.
Hotel images courtesy of Algodon Mansion