Tango for Wellness in Argentina

Writer Daniel Scheffler | November 9, 2016

Argentina, country of tango and incredible meat, might not be top of mind when it comes to wellness but with a new government finally, a steady recovery which includes investment in infrastructure and their ’Authentic Argentina’ campaign, things are steadily changing. With access to the finest mineral salts and endless amounts of clean air, this might just become one of the hottest luxury destinations for wellness: with state-of-the-art spa facilities at properties dotted everywhere, thermal spas (with volcanic, magmatic or telluric origins) to discover, open spaces and of course plenty of untouched gaucho lands for retreat.

Some of the country’s best we’ve uncovered:

Spa & Hammam at Entre Cielos, Mendoza    

Hidden in the centre of Mendoza’s best Malbec region Lujan de Cuyo, Entre Cielos awaits on eight acres of beautiful land. The hotel has a mere 16 rooms, including a ’vineyard loft’ with outdoor Jacuzzi – perfect for stargazing or post-treatment relaxation. Here they pride themselves on being “the first traditional spa and hammam in Latin America” and have taken this 1,000-year-old commitment seriously. For detox and relaxation, they have devised a six-stage circuit that combines heat and water plus massage. After this circuit the spa has an array of vinotherapy (using grapes from the surrounding vineyards of course) treatments that include grape seed exfoliation and grape extract wine baths. They also have traditional massages with natural oils and aromatherapy treatments.

www.entrecielos.com

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Spa at Llao Llao Hotel & Resort Golf Spa, Bariloche

In the extraordinary Patagonia area of Argentina is where Llao Llao Hotel & Resort takes care of all your wellness needs, with an 18-hole golf course, surrounded by incredible natural beauty – Cerro Lopez and Tronador mountain peaks and the Moreno and Nahuel Huapi lakes. And so on this 15-hectare piece of land is where they host 43 suites, and most importantly, the spa with sauna.

Besides the array of massages and aqua therapies, their specialty is Smart Dren Treatments. This includes Edematous Fibrosclerotic Panniculopathy (for cellulitis this treatment improves micro-circulating body conditions through the mobilisation of adipose tissue and lymphatic drainage), adiposity (to reduce the volume of localised adipose tissue), stretch marks (the treatment is based on skin toning, drainage and micro-massage through ultrasound and drainage) and post-cosmetic surgery (with a focus on rehabilitation, eliminating edema, stimulating skin toning and preventative scarring). Be sure to check in with their in-house nutrition expert while you’re here.

www.llaollao.com

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Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires 

Madonna, who’s renowned for taking wellness seriously, stayed here while shooting Evita. Suites have beautiful views over the city, but for something a little more exclusive, The Mansion next door lets you create your own wellness retreat with all the bells and whistles.

The Four Seasons takes their spa seriously, and has a full-day retreat. The signature treatment, the Porteño Tango (porteño meaning ‘locals’), uses music to guide the massage, while Argentinian hot stones, grape oil and mineral salts, plus algae from the southern part of the country, deliver a boost of antioxidants. There’s a personal trainer on hand at all times if you want to work up a sweat in the gym, and they are more than willing to bring in any kind of wellness expert you might require including nutrition and fitness maestros.

www.fourseasons.com

With access to the finest mineral salts and endless amounts of clean air, this might just become one of the hottest luxury destinations for wellness