Cavas Wine Lodge is the quintessential romantic retreat. Located on a secluded vineyard in the heart of Mendoza’s wine country, Cavas Wine Lodge is a peaceful sanctuary with 17 very private villas, which appear to have organically grown amid the 55-acre working vineyard. The boutique hotel is named after its 3,000-bottle wine cellar, where complimentary winetastings are hosted each evening by the in-house sommelier. During harvest, February through April, guests can participate in an array of exciting activities at the lodge.
The hotel’s dynamic husband-and-wife owners, Cecilia Diaz Chuit and Martin Rigal, personally attend to guests with a warmth that permeates the entire hotel experience. Designed for romantic getaways, each villa has a secluded sun deck with a panoramic view of the snowcapped Andes Mountains, plus a wood-burning fireplace and a private plunge pool. The hotel’s peaceful ambience extends to the tranquil spa and restaurant.
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Cavas Wine Lodge is located in the picturesque and rustic village of Agrelo with some of the world’s top wineries only a bike or horseback ride away, including Dominio del Plata, Viña Cobos, Decero, Belasco de Baquedano, Septima, Ruca Malen, and Terraza de los Andes. A must-visit is Santiago Achaval and Manuel Ferrer's boutique winery Achaval-Ferrer to sample a few of Argentina’s most awarded wines. For adventurous travelers, whitewater rafting, zip-lining, and hiking are only 30 minutes away in the Andes, and 9 and 18-hole golf courses can be reached in 20 minutes. Agrelo is also conveniently located only 30 minutes from downtown Mendoza.
Need to Know
Rooms: 17 private villas; from $665. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The hotel’s 30-seat all-glass dining room serves regionally inspired dishes using seasonal produce organically grown in the foothills of Mendoza. The restaurant’s chef also cooks with homegrown herbs and vegetables freshly picked from the hotel’s garden. Spa and gym details: The spa focuses on wine therapy treatments such as grape seed scrubs and a torrontés wine wrap and massage. The Andes overlook a relaxing outdoor plunge pool. The adjacent gym is on the smaller side but has all the essentials.
Who's it for: Cavas Wine Lodge is the ultimate romantic retreat for couples and honeymooners who love wine, nature, and the mountains. Our favorite rooms: You can’t go wrong with any villa at Cavas Wine Lodge, but the hotel’s new Grand Villa has an expansive rooftop terrace that seats 20 for dinner with a private chef. A personal tango show can be arranged, set against the stunning mountain and vineyard landscape. Indulge yourself: Enjoy a 45-minute steaming bonarda (red wine) bath that uses extracts and essential oils from grapes harvested on property to stimulate the body’s circulatory system.