New York, NY (PRWEB) October 16, 2014
For some travelers, thoughts of a white Christmas send shivers down their spines. Better to head to South America, where summer is in full swing, and Leading Hotels are making the end-of-the-year holidays bright with attractive rates and value adds.
Opened in 1932 as a luxury hotel for European visitors to Buenos Aires, the landmark Alvear Palace continues to exude Belle Époque splendor. Located in the exclusive Recoleta neighborhood, the hotel has French-inspired public areas, with crystal chandeliers and gilded-wood-paneled walls, while guest rooms are designed in Empire, Louis XV and Louis XVI styles, and complemented fresh flowers and butler service. The resulting environment makes the Alvear Palace a natural choice for celebrating the festive season in a sublime suite. Leading Suite rates start from USD 549 per night, single or double, and include buffet breakfast daily, lunch for two one day, access to the spa and business center, and Wi-Fi connectivity. A two-night minimum stay is required.
Behind the utilitarian façade of a turn-of-the-20th-century grain warehouse, lies Faena Hotel Buenos Aires. With interiors created by Philippe Starck, flourishes include unicorn heads on the walls, velvet curtains, crimson-upholstered chairs and crystal chandeliers. Guests are greeted by an “experience manager” who serves as a personal concierge throughout their stay, a touch especially appreciated during the festive season. Rooms, many with city and Río de la Plata views, have lapacho-wood floors and arabasceto marble bathrooms, while the pool is one of BA’s prime see-and-be-seen spots. And it wouldn’t be Argentina without tango – so visitors make their way to El Cabaret for nightly performances. Leading Suite rates start from USD 945 per night, single or double, and include breakfast at El Mercado; welcome drink; round-trip airport transfers; access to gym, hammam, and pool, and the use of bicycles. A two-night minimum is required.
Guests looking for a rustic setting for the holidays should check-in to Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, Golf-Spa. Located in the heart of Argentina´s lake district near Bariloche, it is reminiscent of a grand mountain lodge, complete with exposed cypress walls and oversized stone fireplaces. Many guest rooms offer views of the Andean peaks and lakes; particularly impressive are those from the deluxe Lago Moreno wing. The area is a haven for active types, with golf, hiking, mountain biking and snow sports all available, while guests looking for rest will love the resort for its location, its elegant dining room and pampering spa. Leading Suite rates start from USD 436 per night, single or double, and include daily buffet breakfast, access to the health and fitness center, as well as a variety of recreational activities. A three-night minimum stay is required.
Located on legendary Ipanema Beach, Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro pays homage to the golden age of bossa nova. Distinctly Brazilian materials like Îpe flooring and the enormous piquiá tree stump used for the reception desk are mixed with Grecian marble, 19th-century Argentinean brick and Chinese onyx. The guest rooms and suites have Sergio Rodrigues furnishings and come with private balconies affording sweeping views. Overseeing the Al Mare restaurant is Chef Paolo Lavezzini from Florence’s Michelin-starred Enoteca Pinchiorri, while the Renata de Abreu Spa offers La Prairie treatments. Leading Suite rates start at USD 1,900 per night, single or double, and include fresh fruit upon arrival, daily breakfast, private access to the rooftop pool, beach service, and butler service.
Cosmopolitan São Paulo is Brazil’s largest and richest city, as well as a vibrant cultural center. One way to escape the bustle is to book a room at the sleek Emiliano. Located in the central Jardins district, on boutique-lined Oscar Freire Street, the property ushers guests into a calm haven, starting with a complimentary fifteen-minute massage at the full-service spa. Rooms have contemporary Brazilian furnishings mixed with iconic Eames pieces, LCD televisions, Hungarian goose-down pillows and fine Egyptian-cotton linens. For a culinary treat, the Champagne & Caviar Bar offers a selection of rare caviar and European roes. Leading Suite rates start at USD 1,485 per night, single or double, and include butler service, a welcome bottle of wine, fresh fruit on arrival, Wi-Fi, and a relaxing 15-minute massage.
Also located in the styles Jardins neighborhood, Hotel Fasano Sao Paulo is steps away from many of the best shopping and dining destinations in the city. Designed by architects Isay Weinfeld and Marcio Kogan, the 1940s-style brick building boasts impressive interiors featuring travertine fireplaces and floors, hand-woven carpets and French leather club chairs. The Fasanos are fourth-generation restaurateurs, so the hotel’s Restaurante Fasano has long been considered among Brazil’s best Italian eateries. Jazz and bossa-nova artists like Caetano Veloso and Bebel Gilberto have performed in the piano bar, Baretto, attracting international visitors and local residents alike. Leading Suites rates start from USD 1,620 per night, single or double, and include VIP treatment, fresh fruit, butler service, full breakfast daily, and a 15-minute massage per person.
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When extraordinary and one-of-a-kind intersect, you have likely found a Leading Hotel. As the largest luxury hotel collection, with more than 430 of the world’s greatest properties in over 80 countries, we seek out the exceptional. From grand palaces to intimate city hideaways, from ancient castles to sumptuous safari tent villages, from tropical aeries to mystical paradises, all are utterly unique and boldly independent. Each celebrates the culture of its destination, rather than trying to mask it with corporate-mandated sameness. Established in 1928 by several influential and forward-thinking European hoteliers, it started with 38 initial members. With our eight-decade-long commitment to providing unforgettable, authentic travel experiences, LHW selects only hotels that meet our high standards for quality and distinctiveness. To us, hospitality is not an industry; it’s an art…and our passion.