Las Balsas may well be a perfect example of the saying that good things come in small packages with its impossibly idyllic lake setting and exquisite service and accommodation. This Relais and Chateaux property is located in Villa La Angostura on Lake Nahuel Huapi, an hour and a half north of Bariloche. It’s a very special remote lakeside retreat which offers the sort of luxury pampering we rather like with a cosy intimate atmosphere. This is the place to be if you are in search of a boutique hotel offering tranquillity and relaxation in a natural setting. There is a small town nearby as well as skiing 20 minutes away in winter.
Attention to detail extends not only to its handful of guestrooms and suites with upscale amenities, lake views and Patagonian style accents, but also to its cuisine. Pairing delectable local specialities with fine wines, alfresco lunches or a leisurely afternoon tea curled up in the lounge are all highlights here or perhaps a special candlelit dinner a deux. Indulge in a pampering spa treatment and enjoy the indoor/outdoor heated pool after a day exploring the hiking or ski trails or a stunning boat excursion out on the lake.