“A charming and intimate boutique hotel with luxurious rooms and a superb little spa, just outside the colonial city of Salta”
Upstairs, there are bedrooms with views over the tranquil lawns to the foothills of the Andes, plus a few more private suits in a nearby annexe. With a heated pool in the grounds and an excellent little spa, this is the treat at the end of your stay in Argentina's north west: discreet, exclusive and pampering.
- The exquisite interiors are beautiful and soothing; the upstairs bedrooms are particularly romantic
- It’s in a great location: a 20-minute drive south of the colonial city of Salta, close to the airport and handy for routes to Cachi and the Quebrada del Toro gorge
- With a superb spa offering an extensive menu of excellent massages and facials, this a lovely place to unwind after a long flight or at the end of your tour of the northwest
- The setting is extremely peaceful and the views are wonderfully tranquil
- This is not a working estancia - muddy boots definitely stay outside! But the hotel will arrange horse riding in the San Lorenzo valley, 30 minutes’ drive away
- This isn’t one of those estancias where you're a guest of the hosts: it offers the privacy of a small hotel and you're unlikely to mingle much with other guests
- The service can be friendly but is pretty casual - avoid leaving it late to ask for your bill
- The food is simple rather than elaborate, but it’s delicious nonetheless
- You’re 20 minutes’ drive from Salta itself - slightly too far for a night on the town
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- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant and bar
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Heated Pool
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Bicycles Available
There are 14 rooms divided between the main house and 2 annexes (just 2 minutes’ walk away). Each is decorated in whites and creams, with splashes of Bordeaux red or olive green, and fragranced with fresh flowers. The historic estancia feel is maintained through the whitewashed adobe walls, the shuttered windows and the carefully restored local antiques. The chairs have been re-upholstered in perfect white, with a signature dark red or green blanket thrown over for colour. The feel is quietly luxurious: you’ll find kingsize or twin four-poster or wrought iron beds, sumptuous white towels and robes, and hand-embroidered bed linen with a thread count of 400. There are thoughtful little touches everywhere, from the antique lamps to the aromatic bathroom toiletries. Tiled floors with rush matting and decorative baskets of logs ensure the feel is rural.
In the main house, all rooms have kingsize or twin beds and private bathrooms (the Superior Rooms have bathtubs; the Standard Rooms have a shower only). Rooms 217 and 218 share a roof terrace and have the best views of the garden and the mountains beyond. One of the Superior Rooms is set in an annexe away from the main house, together with the Suites.
The Junior Suites are larger and offer more flexible accommodation, with a main room, a dressing/sitting room, a bathroom, a private terrace and space for an extra bed if you need one. The Suites are more spacious still, with a separate lounge, a bathroom with a bathtub and a separate shower, and a terrace with views of the distant Andes. The Suites and Junior Suites are the only rooms with TVs, minibars and in-room WiFi.
Whichever you choose, you’ll feel like you’re staying in a friend's sumptuous country house, with a very private tucked-away feel. You'll sleep deeply, swathed by the utter silence of this rural setting, and wake to sun streaming through the gauzy white curtains. Throw back your doors and you can admire the vista from your bed.
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Extra beds
- Safe box
Breakfast here is worth lingering over: fresh juices, a selection of fruit, yoghurt, delicious homemade breads and pastries and eggs cooked to order, all served with the local delicacy, cayote jam. Guests can eat wherever they like in the house, but our favourite spot was the light and airy garden room, with its wall of windows overlooking the grounds. On summer mornings, you can enjoy your breakfast on the covered terrace outside, with overhanging plants framing the view of the distant mountain ridge.
The hotel’s restaurant, La Table serves authentic, homemade dishes with understated flair. Opened in 2011, we haven’t had the chance to sample the food just yet, but the menu certainly caught our attention. Offerings include traditional meats like Llama Carpaccio and braised baby goat, while vegetable accompaniments have been plucked straight for the hotel garden. Vegetarians are offered good fresh pasta or risotto, and the wine list here is exceptional: we recommend the Mournier Torrontes or Alberto Durand’s 07 Malbec. Dinner is served from 8pm to 11pm, while lunch is available between 12.30pm and 2.30pm daily, and room service is also available.
Afternoon tea is served from 4pm to 7pm, including sandwiches, cakes, scones and jams; nibbling on the dainty food while relaxing on the terrace is a real treat, though we were disappointed that the tea was just tea-bags in cups rather than leaf tea in a pot.
For more varied dining, guests can venture out to one of the many restaurants in Salta, easily reached by an inexpensive 20-minute taxi ride.
- Room service
- This is a great place to unwind. Swim in the heated outdoor swimming pool or wander the 300 acre-estate, with its fruit trees, river strolls and vegetable and rose gardens. Bikes are also available to borrow
- There’s a pelota a paleta court for those fit enough to play Argentina’s demanding version of squash
- Allow plenty of time to enjoy the light and airy spa (open daily from 1pm to 9pm). With white gauze curtains, calming music and serene treatment rooms, it’s a heavenly place to relax in. There’s a good menu of massages and facial treatments, all delivered by expert professionals - the Five Senses Purifying Treatment, including a bio-energetic massage and facial plus a sauna, is particularly popular. Make sure you reserve before you arrive, as it’s often fully booked some way in advance
- Explore the 16th-century colonial city of Salta, just a 20-minute drive north. It has 2 superb museums: the MAAM (Museum of High-Altitude Archaeology) with its incredible Inca burials, and a museum of the city's history set in the Cabildo (town hall) on the main plaza. There are also some fine restaurants and rousing peñas (folk music clubs). Staff will happily arrange taxis to and from the city
- Check out the amazing landscapes of the Salta region - House of Jasmines can provide all the information needed, though staff do not organise excursions. The location is perfect for exploring the Quebrada del Toro gorge to the west and the magnificent pre-Inca ruined city at Santa Rosa de Tastil (2 hours away). To do so you’ll need to hire a car, or take the spectacular (though at times tedious) high-altitude Train to the Clouds from Salta
- Head south to the pretty town of Cachi (a 3-hour drive), via the dramatic Cuesta del Obispo pass (where you may see condors swooping overhead) and the striking giant cactuses in Los Cardones National Park
- Go horse riding in the stunning valley of San Lorenzo, 30 minutes’ drive away
- Explore La Puna (the high-altitude plateau which marks the start of the Andes). It offers all kinds of adventures, from hiking to rafting - use the services of a reliable tour operator such as Socompa or Norte Trekking
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Cooking classes
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Plantlife / flora
- Shopping / markets
- Traditional cultures
- Well being
- Wine tasting