There are plenty of upscale wine lodges to choose from in the Mendoza region of Argentina, but Cavas Wine Lodge is still at the top of the heap.
We put up new luxury hotel reviews here each month at Luxury Latin America, but the next thing we know five years have gone by and our old review is looking a bit faded. So we try to get a fresh pair of eyes in on a regular basis to see if all is still well and guests should still be thrilled.
From Day 1 this upscale boutique hotel has drawn a moneyed crowd of celebrities, business tycoons, and wealthy wine enthusiasts, all of them drawn to the spectacular setting and well-equipped villas. Where you sleep here looks nothing like any other hotels in Argentina. Each of the 14 villas is a stand-alone unit, the smallest one being a little casita of close to 1,000 square feet and the largest being like a spacious house:
The Grand Villa boasts 3500 square feet, 2 bedrooms each with their own bath, a 700 square foot living room with an additional half bath, full kitchen, outdoor dining area, pull-out sofa bed, and outdoor whirlpool, making it a gracious, well-equipped place to entertain family or friends.
Each unit has its own plunge pool, outdoor shower, and great roof deck. From the deck you can look out over the 55 acres of grape vines to the majestic Andes Mountains beyond. Or at night, gaze are more stars than you probably see in a year at home, stretched across the dark and unpolluted skies.
As its name suggests, this is a working vineyard and the only way you could get closer to the grapes is setting up a tent between the rows. The spa here in a “vinotherapy” one as well, incorporating wine baths and grape seed exfoliation. The restaurant here gets high marks for its menu that changes every three months with the season and naturally it has an excellent wine list.
Cavas gets raves for its attentive service and the variety of activities and excursions it can set up. If you want to tour the best regional wineries with private appointments or just see what’s nearby on a bicycle, they’re glad to help. Wine tastings in the cellar or far-flung excursions are available for the asking.
While more competition is steadily moving into the Mendoza region, this intimate hotel continues to stay on top through its facilities and service.
See our full updated review of Cavas Wine Lodge.