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Buenos Aires Secret Boutique Gem

We’re huge fans of Argentina so when we came across a new boutique gem in the heart of Buenos Aires, we had to let our fine readers know.


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Palo Santo Hotel Pool


The Palo Santo Hotel, a contemporary gem, is a 26-room boutique hotel opened in the Palermo Hollywood district of Buenos Aires in October 2014 as Latin America’s first urban green hotel simultaneously featuring seamlessly intuitive personalized service, contemporary modern design, state-of-the-art technology and a rooftop terrace oasis with solarium, hot tub and pool. With vertical gardens and more than 900 plants covering facades, balconies, patios and the roof as well as several fountains streaming throughout the hotel – the largest being 20 meters high extending from the sixth floor to the lobby – Palo Santo Hotel is an architectural masterpiece designed by Mario Zito. Its green configuration features a metal structure throughout both facades in a grid-like fashion to sleekly guide the growth of vines, jasmine and trees, enveloping the property with enduring life and grace.


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Palo Santo Outdoor Oasis


All rooms feature the best of contemporary modern style with lustrous materials and natural beauty woven throughout. For the ultimate indulgence, the Palo Santo Suite is a 700-square-foot oasis on the top floor with two private balconies with views of the stunning Palermo skyline (perfect for those looking for the ultimate privacy for a romantic getaway!). Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, Namida offers a contemporary Nikkei cuisine, combining Japanese techniques and dishes with typical ingredients and recipes from the Pacific including some of the best ceviches in town. The hotel offers selected wines from boutique vineyards and bodegas, and all hotel guests can enjoy a complimentary glass of Malbec during their stay.

Upon check-in, you’ll receive a digital restaurant guide created by the hotel with personal recommendations to the best restaurants throughout Palermo and Buenos Aires. In April 2017, the hotel added a sightseeing section to the digital guide with must-see cultural and architectural itineraries throughout the city. Additionally, the multilingual staff can arrange bicycles to tour around Palermo with the hotel’s newly instituted “borrow a bike” program (inaugurated on Earth Day 2017), car rentals, babysitter services and more.

So we want to know, in addition to getting your tango on, what are you waiting for?

From $127/night


Top 10 Eco Hotels

Fotografías Aereas; Hotel Explora Rapa Nui

Hotel Explora – Rapa Nui

Imagine yourself cocooned in a natural paradise. A pristine, untouched landscape stretches out before you; fresh, clean air invigorates your senses; beautiful birdsong awakens you every morning; each day is filled with authentic safari experiences or just pure relaxation. All this, and you can still contribute to sustainable environmental practices and do your bit to empower local communities.

Sounds like a dream come true?

By Bradley Yandell

Say hello to the Enchanting Top 10 resorts that exist in harmony with their local environment! Secluded, exclusive, and deliciously plush, these resorts spell perfect vacations for nature enthusiasts and luxury travelers alike. Come and live the experience!


Tierra Chiloé

The uniquely designed Tierra Chiloé occupies pride of place in the mysterious Chiloé archipelago, offering breathtaking views of the islands from its 12 exclusive rooms. The hotel has been built to optimize the use of renewable resources, and benefit the local community through employment opportunities and low-impact tourism, while offering every conceivable luxury on your trip to Chile.

Enjoy leisurely boat rides through tranquil waterways, see a host of wildlife, and learn about local legends and customs from the expert Chilean staff.

Awasi Patagonia

Awasi Patagonia

Awasi Patagonia

To the nature enthusiast, it would seem that Awasi Patagonia was built around nature rather than being surrounded by it!

Glorious views of the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile await at your exclusive, private villa at Awasi Patagonia. Each villa is fashioned after traditional Patagonian outposts that are built on raised stilts. Spaciously constructed with local material, this is your ticket to luxurious living in wild Patagonia.

Venture into the vastness with your personal guide, go off the beaten path to observe animals in their natural environ, and enjoy the serenity on your private tour of Chile!

Explora Rapa Nui

Untouched nature and mysteries of a lost civilization await you in the midst of the Pacific. Explora Rapa Nui is a harmonious blend of luxurious comfort, modern architecture and ecological consideration.

Built with the philosophy of paying tribute to the past, appreciating the present and paving the way for a better future, the resort offers guests a chance to interact with raw nature and contribute towards conserving nature and the local community at the same time.

There is something for anyone who wants to experience adventure tours in Chile – from excellent opportunities for hiking, to cycling and snorkeling. Witness the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Moai statues that keep a silent vigil over this remote and carefully conserved island.


Six Senses Koh Yao Noi

Rustic, tranquil and utterly luxurious, all 56 villas at Six Senses Koh Yao Noi in Thailand have been built amid a former rubber plantation. Today, the plantation is gone, but several of the glorious, giant trees remain. The vast gardens and landscape are specifically designed to preserve untouched native flora and fauna, and there is a dedicated sustainability policy for the entire resort focusing on community development and careful use of resources.

Whether you go exploring in the adjoining mango grove, snorkeling in the cobalt ocean or simply lounge in your private pool ensconced in lush greenery, incredible experiences await you!

Four Season Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai

Four Season Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai

Four Seasons Tented Camp, Chiang Rai

When it comes a secluded natural paradise, far away from the sea of humanity, Four Seasons’ Tented Camp in Chiang Rai, Thailand, does not disappoint. From handcrafted furnishings to private encounters with friendly elephants and nature-inspired treatments in an open-air spa, the property offers many unique experiences.

Spacious and luxurious tents offer every modern comfort, while the digital detox of TV and radio ensures complete peace and quiet, punctuated only by the harmonious sounds of the forest. The tents are specifically designed for active adults with a penchant for adventure!


Treehouse Hideaway

Live the real Jungle Book experience perched high above the treetops inside a popular tiger reserve – Bandhavgarh National Park in India. Spread over a large forested estate, Treehouse Hideaway strikes the perfect balance between rustic-chic and luxury, with high exposed beams framing the ceilings and plush furnishings to keep you comfortable. Each hideaway is built locally sourced materials that blend in effortlessly with the natural surroundings, quite literally placing you in the lap of nature!

All eight stilted rooms offer superb views of the landscape with plenty of wildlife to keep you company.Watch animals roam freely in the wild from your vantage point atop the machaan (platform).

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Grassroots Wayanad

Grassroots Wayanad

From your arrival at the foothills of the Vythiri Range in Kerala until your departure Grassroots in Wayanad will have you enchanted! Situated within a coffee plantation, each luxurious Swiss tent offers magical views of the tranquil landscape. Experience a healthy lifestyle vacation with delicious cuisine made from fresh, local produce while you immerse yourself in nature!

Your days will pass in a flurry of activity as you hike, trek or wander through the verdant forests, or pop into the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary nearby. Prepare to immerse yourself in nature during your visit to Kerala and return truly relaxed and rejuvenated!


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The Highlands

The Highlands

Exclusive, remote and utterly luxurious, The Highlands easily redefines the typical Ngorongoro experience in Tanzania. Each of the eight spacious tented camps are fitted with floor to ceiling bay windows that open up to spectacular views of diverse wildlife species roaming freely. The camp uses state-of-the-art technology, including solar power and rainwater harvesting, to minimize its footprint and invest in a conservation economy that sustains nature and people alike.

From exciting game drives, hikes through cattle trails in the forested mountains, excursions to see pink flamingoes at the soda lake and visits to local communities, there are many options when you travel to Ngorongoro Crater. Don’t miss the daily gossip from the resident researcher about the local lions’ latest relationship dramas!

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Nkwichi Lodge

Nkwichi Lodge

The pristine sandy beaches on the shores of the vast Lake Malawi in Mozambique, are a luxury unto themselves. Add to that the eco-friendly comfort of Nkwichi Lodge – a hidden paradise tucked far away from the madding crowd, and you have your perfect vacation! Nkwichi partners with the Manda Wilderness Project to help local communities with environmental conservation, and is dedicated to conserving the pristine shores of the lake and its surrounding wilderness.

Enjoy true tranquility by the Mozambican lakeshore as you stay in uniquely designed accommodation. For something extra special, settle into the unique Star Bed set on a secluded beach.

Camp Kalahari, Uncharted Africa

Camp Kalahari

Camp Kalahari

Set by the mysterious and timeless Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Camp Kalahari offers an ideal blend of adventure and comfort. Designed in the safari camp style of yore with a blend of colonial and traditional furnishings, this bush camp prides itself on its sensitive treatment towards its surroundings. The eco-friendly camp has initiated a long-term conservation project to protect the wetlands, its biodiversity, and local livelihoods.

During the wet seasons, its wildlife sightings are aplenty what with huge herds of zebra and wildebeest making their way through the salt pans and predators on the prowl. The surrounding area receives regular visits from curious meerkats who are determined to keep you company!

Unearth the magic of these top 10 eco hotels for yourself!

If you seek an eco adventure abroad, ask your personal travel consultant today what fairs and festivals are happening during your Enchanting Travels adventure. They focus on your interests to create a private and beautifully bespoke and Enchanting trip!


A Few Lovely Libations

Whistle Pig's 100 Proof Rye Whiskey. Yeehaw!

While cozying up to a warm fireplace and sipping on some quality vino tinto, we decided to share some hot picks for seasonal sippin’. Some selections also suggest trips to wine country because, really… what’s better than getting up close and personal with le grape or le whiskey?

Bottom’s Up!

Whistle Pig 

A perfect “100/100” – that is, a 100 proof, 100% rye whiskey, aged for at least 10 years in new American oak barrels! It first launched in 2010 by Raj Bahkta and has received extraordinary critical acclaim for having the perfect combination of proof, purity, and age and hitting what its legendary Master Distiller Dave Pickerell calls “the sweet spot” in all three categories and is the ultimate ‘farm-to-bar’ experience for discerning-but-playful palates. And, yes, there are actual pigs involved. WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey is available at the suggested retail price of $69.99 for a 750ml bottle.

Antica Terra 

Antica Terra, in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, will release its first three 2010s – which was a seriously extraordinary year – in April, including the shockingly bold and brilliant Erratica (rosé, $50). As with all Antica Terra wines, these are extremely limited production (i.e. only 147 cases of Erratica made). Those ‘in the know’ and on the Antica Terra mailing list can pre-order their VIP allocation in February. Last year the rosé sold out in a week!  Antica Terra, an innovative Oregon winery, guided by the aesthetically oriented, former Sine Qua Non apprentice Maggie Harrison, is pleased to announce the April 1, 2012 release of its 2010 Pinot Noir ($50, 750ml), 2010 Botanica ($75, 750ml) and 2010 Erratica ($50, 750ml).

March in Mendoza 

Mendoza Wine Country

Last but not least, March in Mendoza includes wine harvest celebrations with La Morada de Los Andes and a Gourmet Horse Trek across the Andes with Andres Rosberg, President of the Argentine Sommelier Association and Chef from Butterfly in Bariloche. This just might be one of Mendoza’s best wine country trips.

La Morada de Los Andes is a residential investment community project nestled among the vines of Los Arbolitos Vineyard in Argentina’s Uca Valley, the country’s premium grape-growing region with a landscape graced with golden dawns, violet mountain sunsets and a billion stars lighting the night sky. Located at the foot of the Andes 56 miles from the city of Mendoza, the Uco Valley is often hailed as the “next Napa valley” and welcomes an increasing number of visitors to the tasting rooms of its premium wineries, fine restaurants, art galleries and countless other pleasures of the ultimate wine country experience. Only 100 minutes by plane from Buenos Aires (with 11 flights per day), this is the perfect environment to relax and regenerate, the weather is mild, mountain-crisp, full of light and invigorating with an average of more than 300 days of sunshine a year. Every home site is positioned to take advantage of the stunning beauty of the surrounding vineyards and mountains, while maintaining privacy and tranquility.

Art in LA: The Annenberg Foundation ‘Water: Our Thirsty World’

This beautiful shot right here is Frans Lanting’s image of  The Iguazu Falls. Legend has it that a god planned to marry a beautiful aborigine named Naipí, who fled with her mortal lover Tarobá in a canoe. In rage, the god sliced the river creating the waterfalls, condemning the lovers to an eternal fall.

Oh, we love that story (vengeful god be damned!), but there’s another story we must also share. The Iguazu River is located on the border of the Brazilian state of Paraná and the Argentine province of Misiones. The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu and the waterfall system consists of 275 falls along 1.67 miles of the Iguazu River. The falls, in case you’ve never witnessed their breathtaking majesty, are shared by the Iguazú National Park (Argentina) and Iguaçu National Park (Brasil) and were designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1984 and 1987, but, in 2009, an acute drought in southern Brazil cut the water flow in the falls by two thirds. Yes, water… it’s a basic human right and one that is too quickly drying up.

So, as a tribute to our beloved Argentina y Brasil and the Iguazu Falls, we had to share this event because, though it may not be in Argentina, it might take you there. Plus, we think The Annenberg Foundation is one of the best Foundations around. Incorporating art, human rights, environmentalism, and education all in one nice little bundle of activism and creativity, we wanted to share a great event going on in LA at the Annenberg Space for Photography, entitled “WATER: OUR THIRSTY WORLD” in partnership with National Geographic Magazine.

The exhibit, opening to the public on Saturday, March 27, 2010, will coincide with the release of National Geographic’s April 2010 issue on the precarious state of the world’s fresh water.

“WATER: OUR THIRSTY WORLD” examines the local and global challenges of our planet’s fresh water resources captured by a selection of National Geographic’s finest, award-winning photographers. Good stuff! The digital and print images will highlight the significance of fresh water in our lives and how the diminishment of is impacting local and worldwide communities. And, if I see you buying a plastic bottle of water as you stroll around… ya fired! Another great perk: a digital film presentation offers hundreds of other National Geographic images and shared insights from photographers.

During the three-month exhibit, the free IRIS Nights lecture series will also continue inside the Photography Space on Thursday evenings, and programs related to the exhibit will include a themed group slideshow evening and photography workshops. How exciting, eh?!

“WATER: OUR THIRSTY WORLD” will be open to the public March 27, 2010, and will run through June 13, 2010.

So check it out, buy a reusable water bottle, and turn off that tap when you’re brushing your teeth already! Geez. Mama wants to show those falls to her future children, okay?

The Annenberg Space for Photography
2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, CA. 90067

The Annenberg Space for Photography is a cultural destination dedicated to exhibiting both digital and print photography in an intimate environment. The space features state-of-the-art, high-definition digital technology as well as traditional prints by some of the world’s most renowned photographers and a selection of emerging photographic talents as well. The venue, an initiative of the Annenberg Foundation and its trustees, is the first solely photographic cultural destination in the Los Angeles area, and it creates a new paradigm in the world of photography.

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