As a gateway into Argentina's Patagonia, Bariloche presents easy access to the pristine and genuinely wild sections of the Andean cordillera - reminiscent of the Alps and areas in North America and New Zealand - and all its recreational and scenic splendours. An ideal spot, year-round for travellers of all types, as popular in winter with skiers as it is in the summer for hikers – there’s a cable-car to the top of the mountains from where the views of the Lake District are spectacular at any time of year. The ‘queen’ of the Andean Lakes District, the city of San Carlos de Bariloche, located on the South margin of Lake Nahuel Huapi, inside the national park of the same name, offers a wealth of attractions including museums, chocolate shops and sightseeing tours, boat trips a plenty. About half an hour from the town, Llao Llao Luxury Hotel & Resort resides on its own peninsula, surrounded by the national park and its own international golf course.
With its ski slopes, chocolate boutiques and bustling small-town charm, Bariloche could well be a Swiss ski village in disguise. And yet, this tiny but beautiful lakeside town is situated in Argentina, beneath the foothills of the Andes, in Argentina’s popular Lake District region. A natural haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Bariloche is a year-round destination. In winter, between June and September, the mountains are shrouded in a thick cloak of snow, perfect for skiing and snow-related sports. The ski resort of Cerro Catedral is particularly well received and situated just outside Bariloche. Later, as summer approaches, the snow melts to reveal a land of lush, green terrain, complemented by a series of twinkling crystal-clear lakes and brilliant-blue skies.
Lovers of the great outdoors will enjoy the multitude of hiking, climbing and mountain-biking opportunities, as well as fishing trips, paragliding and rafting. If all the above sounds a little too taxing, stay within Bariloche and explore its charming rows of chocolate shops and cosy coffee stops, while the clock tower, library and cathedral all add to the town’s quaint attraction. Boasting a fair amount of nightly entertainment, Bariloche is frequented by Argentine students, descending on the town’s sophisticated nightclubs. Lively, rather than rowdy, their arrival adds an instant holiday vibe to the vicinity, which spreads out into the local restaurants and bars. For culinary experiences, try fresh wild game, seafood and cheese fondue, especially after working up an appetite outdoors. And, of course, being the 'Chocolate Capital of Argentina', the desserts are absolutely divine.
Llao Llao Luxury Hotel & Resort
It’s hard to determine which of Llao Llao Luxury Hotel & Resort's many features is the most desirable; it certainly boasts the best location in Patagonia, atop a private hill surrounded by spectacular craggy mountain peaks and glistening lakes, while the activities are undeniably extensive, offering a number of complimentary hikes, bike-rides, yoga and tango lessons, and the facilities - including a spa, fitness centre and heated indoor pool that merges into an outdoor infinity-edge swimming pool - are arguably some of the best in Argentina.
Quite simply a dream destination, this hotel offers something for every guest, no matter what their age, from the large, ostentatious lobby boasting a grand fireplace, bar and chandeliers fashioned from antlers, to various games rooms with billiard, card and ping pong tables. Whether your favourite place is the glass-enclosed Winter Garden - perfect for Afternoon Tea - or the resort's eighteen-hole golf course and complementary Club House, Llao Llao Luxury Hotel & Resort's jaw-dropping location is undeniably matched by its extensive range of facilities and activities.
- Type:Luxury Hotel
- Summary:A most highly regarded luxury resort in Argentina
- Feature:An exhaustive range of activities is available
- Rooms:201 rooms & suites
- Nearest airport:San Carlos de Bariloche Airport