Most Seductive Escape in Mendoza

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The mountains and vineyards of Mendoza, Argentina are spectacular but when enjoyed from Entre Cielos Hotel and Spa they become transcendental. Set on a vineyard at the foothills of the Andes, this Small Luxury Hotels of the World property has 15 rooms and the most unique suite we’ve ever stayed in: The Vineyard Loft—a private tree house hovering over acres of Malbec vines.


A tree house architecture firm Baumraum was specially brought in from Germany for the perfect pod and the in-house design team completed the fantasy with sleek and seductive interiors. Newly opened this spring, we were amongst the first couples to nest here.


Views down to the vines and out to the Andes (plus, a welcome-bottle of wine) lured us outside for a little terrace time.


Here, the view from the Vineyard Loft to the main hotel, designed by Argentine Firm A4 Estudio. Each tower is a duplex wrapped in graphic imagery of figs, mushrooms, cherries—and other flavors of full-bodied wines. The patterns can change depending on the season or vision of chief designer Daniela Wager for architecture that never gets old. The next motif on her list? The typography of wine words.


To get into the full Entre Cielos state of mind (the hotel name literally translates to “Between Heavens”), we were treated to an evening at their hamam spa for utter relaxation. Wrapped in Turkish flauta towels we went from station to station at these modern Turkish baths–from the herbal steam room to a couples’ wine bath (yes, I said wine bath), ending in the lounge chairs of the relaxation room nibbling on fruit and nuts. Heaven is an understatement.


Not ready to stir from relaxation mode, we went back to our Vineyard Loft for an extra soak in the outdoor bathtub. You can never have too many bubble baths, especially when bubbly is involved.


In the morning, the Katharina restaurant hosts a gourmet buffet breakfast. Fruits, cheeses, eggs-to-order and cappuccinos were served to perfection amidst the chic décor. When we returned for dinner, we nuzzled up by the fire for a special five-course honeymoon meal, complete with Argentinian beef, of course.


After our bike ride to the neighboring vineyards, we came back to do a little reading by the pool. Love that the front desk has iPads available for guests to use throughout their stay.


We were so sad to leave the Vineyard Loft, we had to order breakfast in bed. It is not easy bringing carafes of coffee and poached eggs down a gravel road and up the stairs of a tree house but the staff didn’t even flinch. Aficionados of service and style, Entre Cielos holds up to its heavenly name.

Have you ever stayed at a truly unique property? If so, where? If not, what would you think about a night over a vineyard?

Note: Entre Cielos invited us to stay at the property. Our stay was comped; however, all opinions are our own.

Much love from Argentina,

Mike & Anne
www.HoneyTrek.com

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