By Maria MacDonald | April 28, 2011 | Lifestyle
Tegui restaurant's artistic entrance
Tegui dining room
Artists Atelier Tour
Recoleta district cemetary
Croque Madame café
The garden at the Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
Just an overnight flight away, Buenos Aires is one of South America’s most sophisticated and stylish cities, alive with Old World charm and New World grapes.
Wake up with the “rain shower”—several nozzles shooting water from all sides—in your luxurious suite at the Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, located in the heart the city’s upscale Recoleta neighborhood. Enjoy Champagne brunch on the terrace, and don’t forget to pamper yourself with a Malbec-infused treatment at the on-site Ahin Wellness & Spa.
Take a stroll down Avenida Alvear to experience the Old World elegance and designer boutiques of the Recoleta district. Shop for supple leather bags and belts at Peter Kent and fabulous couture at Tramando.
While in the neighborhood, wander into the Alvear Palace Hotel and admire the lavish lobby while sipping on a cortado and nibbling a white-chocolate and raspberry macaroon. Before heading out, make a reservation to return for an unforgettable afternoon of high tea among Argentine aristocrats.
Hit Rue des Artisans, the tree-lined alley full of art galleries and other delights, then dance your way to Comme il Faut, a beautiful boutique that’s home to handsome handmade tango shoes that are out-of-this-world comfortable.
Lunch at Croque Madame, situated in the sun-soaked gardens of the National Museum of Decorative Arts. For an exclusive look beyond the museum walls, check out the Artists Atelier Tour and meet the who’s who of contemporary Argentine artists in their studios.
Taste an array of Malbecs from a private wine cellar in the heart of the Abasto neighborhood. Nigel Tollerman, who stores Francis Ford Coppola’s wine collection, organizes unforgettable tastings.
Ring the doorbell of the unmarked Tegui for an ultrachic culinary experience amid Argentina’s It Crowd. Then head to Milion for a late-night cocktail in a mansion-turned-after-hours hot spot that boasts jazz and funk until the wee hours.
PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF PALACIO DUHAU (PARK HYATT); MARCELO SETTON (TEGUI); ALVEAR PALACE HOTEL (ALVEAR PALACE)