“Blissful tranquillity and fascinating boat trips at an elegant lodge in the bird-filled wetlands of northeast Argentina”
Being on the Esteros broadens the mind and heightens the senses; it's meditative. Gazing up at the wooden beams in our room after a glorious siesta, it was clear that the space had been carefully designed to sit in harmony with the open vistas outside.
Natural materials bring authenticity: uneven, whitewashed, hand-stuccoed walls; brick patios where hammocks are slung; handmade tiles on the floors; and high ceilings lined with local wood. The rooms have windows in 2 directions, and shutters are handmade in the traditional way. It looks like an old traditional estancia of the region, but with the added advantages of being clean and modern, with sparkling contemporary bathrooms.
Beds are supremely comfortable, with pristine white linens. Wicker furniture and restored antique pieces give a sense of history, and warmth and detail is added with quirky sculptures of birds and an array of paintings. WiFi is available throughout. A great virtue of Elsa’s design is that the guest bedrooms are in a separate house from the sitting and dining rooms, so you won’t be disturbed by other guests if you have an early night.
The 7 rooms are all doubles or twins (request your preference) and all have private bathrooms stocked with L'Occitane goodies. Outside you have your own stretch of veranda from which you’ll spot birds, as the garden goes right down to the lagoon. The effect is subtle but appealing: you have your own private space to utterly relax, and unlike the other hotels in the area, there’s no sense of an agenda to fit in with.
Elsa takes great care to ensure that meals at the Posada are balanced and healthy. As is usual in an estancia, menus are set rather than à la carte, but dietary requirements can be catered for. Vegetarians will be very happy.
Breakfast is a simple affair of juice, home-baked breads and toast with local jams. Cereals are on offer, too. Lunch can be taken with you on your activities or eaten in the cool of the terrace.
Dinner is more of an event, with guests invited to gather for a convivial glass of wine on the comfortable white sofas beforehand. The dining room is spacious, and rustic without being twee: checked tablecloths, white linen, impeccable taste. Each pair of guests has their own table, but single travellers can eat with Elsa and her son Alejandro if they choose. There are 3 courses, with fresh vegetables and salads, along with locally reared meat or homemade pasta. Traditional Argentine recipes are used and puddings are a speciality. Argentine wines are served, though these aren’t included in the price.
Children of all ages are welcome, and those under 2 stay for free when sharing their parents' room. Babysitting, cots and extra beds are available on request. Older children will love the space, the pool, the grounds, and the boat trips and horse rides.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting is available by arrangement
Baby cots are available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking