Season of light and colour: Spring holidays
Source: The National
By: Killian Fox
Strike a pose in fashionable hot-spot Buenos Aires
With its cool shops, buzzing art scenes and glamorous nightlife, Buenos Aires is one of the world's hottest destinations right now. Hip and luxurious accommodation options are not exactly in short supply, so it's really saying something that the Algodon Mansion, a new hotel in the chic Recoleta district, has been causing a major stir in the run-up to its opening. It's owned by the Algodon Wine Estates and Champions Club, one of Argentina's premier malbec producers, but it's not just the wine-list they've taken care of. The mansion, a six-storey Belle Epoque gem built in 1912, has been stunningly refurbished, with Cappellini furniture, ebony floors, and Italian Calacatta marble in the bathrooms. It boasts a rooftop pool, a haute French-Argentine restaurant and just 10 suites, some exceeding 360 square metres and all with views of a high waterfall and a hanging garden in the atrium. For avid pianists, the Royal Suite features a baby grand. Culture vultures of all stripes will particularly enjoy Buenos Aires in April, with the International Festival of Independent Cinema from April 7 to 18, and a major book fair taking place in the city. The lovely, mellow autumn weather is an added bonus.
Algodon Mansion (www.algodonmansion.com; 0054 11 3530 7777) is accepting reservations from April 1 and has double rooms from $774 (Dh2,844).
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