Las Balsas – Boutique Luxury Retreat
Tucked away on the secluded shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi near the small mountain village of Villa la Angostura, Las Balsas is a small, romantic luxury retreat in the heart of the Argentine Lake District. Consistently recognized by Condé Nast and the World Travel Awards as one the Best Boutique Hotels in Argentina, this romantic 15-room Patagonian luxury escape is fit for royalty.
Along with Eolo, Las Balsas is one of the only Relais and Châteaux lodges in Patagonia. Located on a private cove with its own harbor, Las Balsas is the ideal getaway for travelers who like to combine world-class adventures with a great deal of pampering.
The lodge itself has 15 suites offering expansive views of the lake. The exterior facades contain uplifting hues of blue and picturesque windows. Inside, the décor pays homage to the era of Eva Perón, with large glass displays featuring a variety of early 20th century fishing lures and flies from decades past.
A private, sandy beach is a located mere step away from the back verandah, which is beautifully landscaped with an assortment of roses and other flowers. The main lodge is connected to the spa and gym facility via a beautifully landscaped path. This area features a negative edge pool overlooking the lake and yachts that lay idle in Las Balsas’ quiet harbor. Within the building is a miniature fitness area overlooking the pool, lake and spa area. There is also an upstairs loft with a circular massage table infused with pleasant aromas that delight the senses.
Award-winning chef Pablo Campoy runs the restaurant at Las Balsas, preparing a variety of sophisticated dishes ranging from Patagonian trout to local venison. Las Balsas also offers sommelier service for guests interested in sampling a variety of Argentina’s most delicate wines.
This is also a great place to stay for those looking to explore the Seven Lakes Drive, fly-fish one of the nearby lakes and streams, or explore the unique Arrayanes Forest that served as the inspiration for the classic Walt Disney film Bambi. Furthermore, Las Balsas is a matter of minutes from Villa la Angostura’s chalets and gourmet food shops.
For travelers seeking a low-key, high-class vacation, Las Balsas is undoubtedly one of the best luxury boutique lodges in Patagonia.