Best Tango Show Buenos Aires | Rojo Tango

My partner and I just returned from a two week trip through Chile and Argentina, staying at the finest hotels and eating at some of the best restaurants.  This may not be a fair review as I didn’t see any other tango shows.. but I can tell you I can’t imagine this can be beat.

VENUE/ A very small cabaret seating maybe 15-20 tables, so you’re very up close and personal with the dancers.  It’s right off the lobby of the stunning and sexy Faena Hotel Buenos Aires. Disclaimer – even though the Faena is one of our partners, my enthusiasm stands alone.

CUISINE/ Do you ever hear that the show was good but the food was terrible? This isn’t true here, and I consider myself a San Francisco food snob.  You have a choice of several courses, champagne, red & white wines.  Service is fantastic.

DANCING/ I grew up in a family of ballet dancers so while I can’t say my mom and sister would give a rousing thumbs up, I’d guess they would. I actually wasn’t that interesting in going but the variety and technicality was stunning.

TRANSPORT/ Private (really nice) car transportation to and from included.

PICTURE/rojo-tango-buenos-aires I wish I could have taken pictures but just eked out this one. For all Flickr pix of our recent trip through Chile and Argentina, click here.

OTHER POSTS FOR SOUTH AMERICA/ The Singular Patagonia  Eolo  Park Hyatt Buenos Aires  Four Seasons Buenos Aires  Estancia La Bamba de Areco

RECO/ Go.

 

 

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His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

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La Bamba de Areco | Relais Chateau Buenos Aires

John and I were in Patagonia earlier this month, as part of a fabulous vacation through Chile and Argentina.  After 2 very busy weeks exploring Chile (Valparaiso & Puerto Natales’ Torres del Paine at The Singular in southern Patagonia) and Argentina (El Calafate’s Eolo)  we spent our last night, after 4 days in Buenos Aires, here at Estancia La Bamba de Areco.  This 11 room Relais & Chateau lodge is about a 2 hour drive west of town in the middle the pampa.

So yes, it’s worth the BA traffic and 10 minutes on a bumpy dusty road to get here, and we only stayed about 26 hours. I’d probably recommend 2 nights, or longer if you want to really chill. But even our 1 night was well worth it. And you can helicopter in/out if you prefer.

  • Like many of the other hotels we stayed at on this trip, the serenity is golden. No incredible sweeping views here*, except of the peaceful ranch setting.
  • The hotel’s various buildings were meticulously enhanced by great interior design, but the buildings themselves are quite old, not that you’d know it.
  • The old buildings, I was told, account for the fairly small rooms, but they’re so nice, very comfortable and airy. Natural light is abundant. And the bathrooms, with their heated floors are huge.
  • All food & wine is included and it’s wonderful as you might expect from a Relais & Chateau property.  Lunch is the ‘bomb’ with a BBQ featuring endless steak, sausage, phenomenal roasted potatoes, and I can’t remember what else but it was worth staying here just for this.  Dinner was also delicious, if not more low key.
  • And interestingly because the place is so small all dining is communal – a great way to meet your fellow travelers, which is unique and cool.  The BBQ lunch was served at a big outdoor table, while dinner was at a cozy table in their elegant dining room.
  • Wander around the stables where the polo horses hang out between matches and practice.  It’s very peaceful.  And then take a ride on  one of their other horses. I understand the owner of the hotel is a French polo player and entrepreneur.
  • And they have a horse whisperer. That’s the after lunch surprise. Very interesting.

* well there was one, the horse back ride through the fields was really nice and you can see forever since there are no hills.

Learn more about the hotel, our complimentary breakfast and upgrade program.

More photos of my trip are here on Flickr.

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His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

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Eolo | Patagonia Relais Chateau

I was in Patagonia earlier this month as part of a fabulous vacation in South America. After an incredible four days exploring the Chilean side of the border at The Singular in Puerto Natales (near Torres del Paine) we drove about 4.5 hours north (including the customs stop) to the Argentine side.  Just outside of the town of El Calafate, we were lucky to spend 2 nights at Eolo, a very small Relais & Chateau hotel (lodge?) in the middle of absolute nowhere.  Except that it is on the main road from El Calafate to the Perito Moreno glacier, the key draw to this area.

  • The location on the slopes of a hill affords views that are (again) breathtaking
  • Each room has expansive views to the pampa, a few cows, horses, birds & even a local pooch
  • The best food of our trip is included, and wine is very reasonably priced.
  • The staff was very helpful in arranging our tour to the Moreno Glacier, which is one of the coolest excursion I’ve ever done.  (See us in the crampons in the photos?).

From here, we flew north to Buenos Aires….. click through for pix of the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires and the Four Seasons Buenos Aires.

More photos of my trip are here on Flickr.

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His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

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Four Seasons Buenos Aires | Preferred Partner

I was in Buenos Aires a few days ago as part of a fabulous vacation through Chile and Argentina and had the opportunity to visit the Four Seasons here in the middle of the Recoleta neighborhood.  It’s an all around very contemporary hotel with a historic adjacent palace.

Learn more about the hotel, our complimentary breakfast, upgrade program and other Preferred Partner amenities.

The nearby Alvear Palace and Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau are other top luxury hotels and are quite different. Contact me for more information and to book.  We offer exclusive and complimentary amenities you can’t get on your own at most luxury hotels worldwide.

More photos of my trip are here on Flickr.

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His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

Call Josh for details, the ultimate in service & exclusive luxury hotel amenities with Virtuoso.

 

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Park Hyatt Buenos Aires Palacio Duhau

I just visited this contemporary and cool 5 star luxury hotel in Buenos Aires — the Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau. A spectacular early 20th century mansion on “mansion row” completely renovated a few years ago with a sophisticated modern touch.  Learn more about the hotel, our complimentary breakfast, upgrade program and as of 2017, our fabulous complimentary wine and cheese tasting (always subj to change).

The nearby Alvear Palace and Four Seasons Buenos Aires are other top luxury hotels and are quite different. Contact me for more information and to book.  We offer exclusive and complimentary amenities you can’t get on your own at most luxury hotels worldwide.

More photos of my trip are here on Flickr.

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His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

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Virtuoso Travel Mart 2010 | Report from Bellagio

Every year for the last 20 something, the world’s top travel advisors have met annually with representatives of 5 star hotels, lodges, cruise lines and local speciality travel companies around the world. I attended this year’s event which just ended Thursday evening at Bellagio & Aria in Las Vegas.

Advisors and suppliers learn from each other and pass on their new learning to clients and/or to improve their products and services. All are members of Virtuoso, a by invitation only marketing group representing the creme de la creme of the travel industry. And quite a group it is.

But I think even more important, for me as a luxury travel advisor, is the one to one connection with these suppliers. Personalized luxury travel is different from mass market travel. If Joe Traveler books a one week Mexico package at a 3 star, or even a 5 star resort, they’re just another body filling a bed. Granted, the experience at a 5 star resort will be better, but nonetheless, there’s no personal connection between the traveler and the resort’s management.

However, when I meet a supplier at Travel Mart, or in my office, or at their hotel, and I get to know them, and they me — then that degree of separation from this traveler (my client) to the supplier is closed.

Meet some of my travel partners and see what I mean:

Guillaume
Take Guillaume from the Connaught Hotel in London. The Connaught is a traditional English hotel, recently refurbished, and a sister property to Claridge’s and the Berkeley. I met Guillaume a year ago when I was invited to stay at Claridge’s where he was the Food and Beverage manager. Now he’s the #2, or the Hotel Manager, at the Connaught. I can guarantee anybody booking that hotel with me that Guillaume will assure them a very memorable stay there. If on business, he’ll make sure his staff has simplified all necessary arrangements for a productive visit. And if for leisure, he’ll be sure theater tickets, restaurant reservations, guides and the like are handled beyond the guests expectations. Sure, Guillaume is a great guy, but the one-to-one cannot be underestimated.

Maita
Maita owns a local travel company in Argentina and arranges the most amazing customized luxury vacations of her home country (and neighboring ones) you can imagine. She’s put together 1) a 3 week vacation for a single adventure traveler who wanted to hike glaciers, explore Iguazu beyond the norm and climb mountains, 2) a 10 day customized & escorted tour of Chile and Argentina for a California winery club focusing on gourmet dining (in the Andes no less) and wine tastings and 3) a pre-cruise exploration of Buenos Aires with tango lessons, private guides and a day at an Estancia.

David
David is an Englishman now living in Hong Kong and owns, like Maita, a small company focused on providing the visitor to HK or China with a visit they’ll always fondly remember. He’s arranged pre and post cruise stays for my clients in Beijing, Shanghai & Hong Kong. But beyond the usual, because my clients have already been to these places before, he suggests places and activities (i.e. Jewish Shanghai, Hangzhou, Lamma), and the latest hotels. Do you know the Upper House on Hong Kong Island?

Christophe, Aiko, Peter & the Dorchester Collection
Christophe is the Director of Sales and Marketing of Le Meurice in Paris. It’s one of the the hotels in Paris, along with their sister property, Plaza Athenee (you can meet Peter there). They also own the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan (Antonio), and of course their namesake, The Dorchester in London (Louise), and several more in the UK and USA. Kings, queens and my clients love these hotels. And so did Carrie Bradshaw for a few days. And I can guarantee that this team of amazing hotel professionals will do whatever it takes to ensure that your stay in their hotel, and in their city will be perfect. A Virtuoso saying — it’s the power of one to one.