Two To Tango - Buenos Aires
The city that never sleeps, the Paris of South America and birthplace of the tango are all apt descriptors of Argentina’s bustling, hyper-kinetic capital Buenos Aires. With so much happening (and literally at all hours of the day) you’re likely to be whisked off your feet, but wherever in the city your adventure takes you, there’s no doubting you’ll fall under its exotic charms.
It’s as if BA has taken the best parts of your favourite places and smashed them together: discover the shopper’s paradise of trendy Palermo Soho’s boutique-lined streets, gape in wonder at the architectural delights, spanning old world art-nouveau to Italian Renaissance (be sure to check out Confitería Del Molino and Palacio Barolo and its wacky back story), and sample the famous Argentine asado (BBQ – vegetarians beware: meat, and plenty of it, is the order of the day here, where the grilling of beef is treated with religious-like fervour).
And unless you’re a night owl, you’re gonna want to catch some Zs before heading out – it’s not uncommon to go out to dinner at 1am (restaurants open from 9pm), with bars opening at midnight and clubs at 2am (at the earliest) – though if you’re super cool you won’t make an appearance until 4am, then dance through sunrise.
If you need help staying awake, the national drink of choice, mate (pronounced ‘mah-tay’), is a caffeine-packed elixir/tea that’s drunk everywhere according to a strict protocol – so follow their lead and put on your dancing shoes.
Where to stay
An ode to French Belle Époque grandeur, the Alvear Palace Hotel has been wowing visitors with its crystal chandeliers and gilded-wood-panelled walls since opening in 1932. Unwind after a night out (or should that be morning?) in the famous Alvear Spa’s 8,600 square feet of serenity, wellness and beauty treatments. Virtuoso guests receive bonuses galore including upgrades, daily breakfast for two, and L’Orangerie Restaurant’s famed high tea for two. www.alvearpalace.comTo learn more about the exciting possibilities of Buenos Aires as a destination, get in touch with the travel experts at Holland Clarke & Beatson.