As technology advanced, so did the process of making wine. The art of stomping grapes is about as relevant as my time on the Bachelor, but one of these days I’ll resurrect it. During my 5th trip to Mendoza, Argentina, I did something that might even be cooler than that. I stayed in a vineyard loft suspended above the vines.
Entre Cielos is a new luxury wine hotel and spa set in the Lujan de Cuyo region of Mendoza. I’ve said it a few times and I’ll say it again – Valle de Uco is where you want to be, but if you don’t have the time or budget to depart for the middle of nowhere, Lujan de Cuyo is your next best option.
I love a smooth
glass bottle of Malbec. Upon arriving to Entre Cielos, we ordered one of their own labels. During this trip, I was lucky to travel with my boyfriend and another couple. Drinking should always be done with great friends and even greater wine!
We kicked off the experience by being treated to the hotel’s famous Hamam + Spa. Imagine this: You put on a robe immediately walk into a steambath. After 10 minutes of relaxation and pure sweat, you rinse off before getting in a heated hamam pool. You’re escorted to a lavender steambath where you fall asleep. After being woken up to continue the circuit, you’re led to a large hot stone where you pass out again, only to be awoken 10 minutes later for a spa treatment. The remaining sequence of events then goes like this:
- Grape seed exfoliation
- Steambath of 131°F
- A wine bath from grape extracts
- Relaxation on the hot stone
- 50-minute oil massage
- Relax in the Camekan with a glass of wine and light snacks
It’s safe to say my body was rid of accumulated toxins after that. Now onto more eating and drinking…it’s a vicious cycle!
The recently opened Beef Club serves asado style cuisine. Come hungry and leave full AF. With homemade empanadas (made yourself while taught by one of the chefs), any cut of meat under the sun PLUS flan dessert complete with dulce de leche and fernet y cola will send you into a lovely state of unconsciousness as you drift off to a food induced coma. Disfruten!
I’m sure you’ve seen the alternative lodging options available around the world, such as luxury treehouses or this Airbnb shark aquarium. Add Entre Cielos limited time Vineyard Loft to that list. Set among the vines and away from the main building of the hotel, the pod comes complete with expansive deck and Jacuzzi where I spent most of my time, plus cozy indoor luxuries. Seeing the sunrise and sunset over the snowcapped Andes mountains and plucking grapes off the vine just steps away from this home-away-from-home is something everyone should experience.
As this was my fifth time in Argentine wine country, it’s safe to say I’ve done my fair share of “market research.” I’ve been to wineries many times over, but that’s the good thing about wine country. It never gets old. See a running list of my favorite Mendoza wineries here.
How To Get There
Mendoza is an hour and a half flight from Buenos Aires’ Aeroparque Jorge Newbery Airport (AEP). LAN Airlines provides daily service to and from Mendoza, offering delicious complimentary snack boxes along the way!