Vast distances in northern Argentina make many estancias too remote for a short hop, but Jasmines is just 15 minutes from Salta
In a country where red meat rules, the restaurant dishes up some inventive and fresh alternatives that are still South American classics
No door handle or scatter cushion has been overlooked in this truly stylish estancia; you’ll want to take everything home
The hacienda is chic but informal; relaxed guests laze about the lounges and terraces as if at home
The pool, like the spa, is an understated but utterly charming place to kill an afternoon with a bottle of Malbec
What To Know
Bathrooms have been recently renovated in June 2012
If you want the full estancia experience — asados, daily horse riding and stable life — this is not it
Not in the heart of Salta; the drive is 15 to 25 minutes, and many Salta taxi drivers aren’t familiar with the property
Service is genuinely friendly but patchy; if you’re in a cottage or out by the pool, expect a wait for food
Parking on site
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It’s the opener to every great hotel story: a tree-lined drive (in this case giant eucalyptus), with just a glimpse of a whitewashed estancia among pampas grasses at the end. The scent of jasmine fills the air, while noisy caracara birds make their namesake squawks. Not so long ago, guests would have been met inside with an impressive (or hilarious) portrait of actor Robert Duvall, who bought the ranch after marrying an Argentine tango dancer. But today the hacienda belongs to a French family who sprinkled the place with chic accessories: striped alpaca throws strewn across raw linen sofas, local handmade cotton dolls in mahogany frames, and northern Argentina’s distinctive, colorful wool hats hung from hooks on adobe walls.
Standard Rooms are in the farmhouse, while the suites are housed in rustic cottages dotted about the grounds. The Provençal-looking spa is farthest from the main building, but that just means it's a peaceful walk back down the drive. The spa is low-key: a handful of all-white treatment rooms rather than a cluster of pools and heat experiences. But this adds to the hushed charm; take a book and lose an afternoon on a chaise longue after a massage. When you want to swim, the lawn-rimmed outdoor pool is up by the house; guests are fed and watered poolside by discreet staff members in gaucho-esque gear.
Food is Jasmines’ real pull, though, and the place is as popular with Argentines as with American and European travelers. It has earned Relais & Chateaux status, and no meal is a disappointment. Breakfast, which is served in the sunny glasshouse, changes each morning because it's all handmade; perhaps alfajor biscuits, hot pan de queso or a crusty loaf. Dinner is at La Table, a top restaurant in its own right that serves delicate French takes on Argentine carnivore dishes: lemon chicken roasted whole in a clay pot, or spit-roasted pig with herbs from the garden. Live musicians accompany dinner — but thankfully it's more Spanish guitar than raucous tango.
House of Jasmines
Ruta Nacional N°51, kilómetro 6
El Encon, Argentina
How to Get There
Flights are available to Martín Miguel de Güemes International Airport (SLA) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Private car transfers are available to/from SLA, about four miles away, for approximately $30 (plus VAT) for up to four passengers, each way, and can be arranged through the property. For those renting a car, valet and self-parking are free.