Need to know
16, including five suites and the Vineyard Loft.
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $470.00, excluding tax at 21 per cent.
A buffet breakfast is included in the room rate. The Limited Edition, Gran Reserva and Grand Cru suites include a session in the hammam, cocktail and a sweet treat from the restaurant. An additional 30-minute massage is included for Grand Cru stays.
Hop in the hotel’s vintage car for a chauffeured trip to wineries and historic vineyards close by. Dedicated drinkers can put their own stamp on a future vintage by designing their own wine too, and the hotel’s label, Marantal, is worth tasting during your stay.
At the hotel
Spa and hammam, solarium, obstacle course, vineyard, snack bar, gardens, terrace, library, concierge, iPads loaded with newspapers, parking, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV and DVD player, Bose iPod dock, minibar, Nespresso coffee machine, kettle and a selection of teas, free bottled water.
Our favourite rooms
We’re punch-drunk in love with the Vineyard Loft. This modern pseudo-treehouse is a stilted residence set aside from the main building. It offers postcard-perfect views all around – including a skylight for stargazing – and utter seclusion, so a hot-tub soak à deux on the terrace is blush-free. Industrially styled yet warm Junior Suites are our second pick, with wooden headboards hewn from the original winery’s timbers.
The lengthy unheated pool stretches out alongside trim gardens, with resplendent views of the emerald, ochre and slate-coloured scenery beyond. Parasol-shaded cream sunloungers and some canopied cabanas sit on the concrete deck.
Rendered in minimalist concrete and slate, the spa is a meditative space for <i>rhassoul</i> slathering. There’s a small indoor pool, and a hammam (the only one of its kind in Argentina) with a steam room, Oriental baths and foam massages, and a <i>camekan</i> (relaxation room). The 12 treatment rooms offer wine baths, grape-seed body scrubs, massages, facials and a range of Eastern-inspired therapies, and finishing touches are applied in a small beauty parlour. The hotel can arrange personal trainers, on request, and frequent pilates, yoga and fitness classes are held. A six-step obstacle course will get gym bunnies' adrenalin pumping.
If you own a festival-muddied pair of Converse, they’re equally useful for tramping through vines.
Guests with mobility issues can stay in the ground-floor Reserva Junior Suite, which has a specially adapted bathroom. The stairs to the Vineyard Loft may not be suitable for some guests.
Over-12s are welcome, but underage guests may feel a little left out of the Malbec-centric activities here.