House of Jasmines
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
We had booked a 5 night stay here to chill out in the middle of a long tour of Argentina and Brazil. As a Relais and Chateau listed
property we expected the standard to be good, but this place is stunning. It sits in a plot of some 100 hectares a few kilometres off the main road, and is surrounded by fields and the stunning backdrop of the Andes. It is just so peaceful. We were lucky enough to have fantastic weather for pretty well most of our stay which meant clear blue skies and long warm days. The hedgerows were full of butterflies, the trees and shrubs were home to a wide variety of birds, the adjoining fields were full of horses and beyond them was the river and the Andes.
The house itself is mostly single story and it approached over a long driveway flanked by Eucalyptus trees. When we arrived Cynthia came out to great us, provide a welcome drink and show us round the property. The public rooms are lovely as is the open and covered terrace. The standard bedrooms in the main house are a little dark and not overlarge, but the furnishings, bed and linen, were great and the en-suite shower room was excellent.
Food and wine were excellent for all meals and the service and staff were friendly and efficient. All in all this place manages to bring together the very bets that Argentina has to offer and it is just outstanding.
I was booked at this beautiful relaix chateau suite for 5 nights. It is 40 min away from salta town and roughly $40 of taxi round trip.
1) beautiful property with gorgeous swimming pool, furnishings in all the living room areas in the main house to beautiful suite in the guest houses.
2). Wonderful receptionists Cynthia n fernanda who were helpful and caring... to the amazing wait staff in the dining room.
1) because of its location you are kinda stuck eating at the hotel because there really is not much choice around. And the food was delicious.
However, the first night I had gazpacho and pasta Bolognese , I started feeling allergic reactions to my eyes. (Which I rarely had except twice to shrimp and peaches) I took Zyrtec , went to sleep and the symptoms went away.
The next morning I had simple egg white omelette with tomatoes n ham n onion, and toast n coffee n orange juice. I went on tour for Salina grande n Humahuaca etc.... an hour after breakfast, my eyes started swelling up and unfortunately I didn’t have Zyrtec with me. As the tour is in middle of nowhere, it took another 2 hours to get to a pharmacy to get me argentina version of Claritin. It stopped my eyes from getting more swollen but did not improve the original condition.
The tour lasted till 9pm. Back at hotel I was very concerned about the dinner situation as I thought the only link between the 2 meals before were tomatoes n onions. So we talked to chef and just ordered a plain salad (no problem) n then grilled salmon n roasted vegetables(no tomatoes nor onion)... immediately after eating the cooked food, my eyes started itching again. I took another Zyrtec n went to sleep.
Next morning, my eyes didn’t improve and I went to see eye specialist in town that fernanda found me and dr gave me proper steroid eyedrops n I felt much better. I stayed in town to eat empanadas n brought back sandwiches as I was afraid of allergic reactions again to the hotel cooked food.
I decided to cut my trip short by 2 days and go ahead to Córdoba earlier.
I informed MAITRE DE MAISON - DAIANA SALCINI about my decision... the first thing she said was you know we cannot refund you.... nothing about my eyes.... I said I didn’t ask for any refunds for the suite as it was my decision and my allergy but I said if u felt there was anything you can do about the food costs(since all 3 cooked meals caused allergy to me) as gd will I would appreciate it. She replied, “ nothing wrong with our kitchen and never any problems with any guests , it’s you. And there’s nothing I can do!”..... after I came back from salta and eye dr, I saw her and she ignored me and didn’t even ask about my condition whereas Cynthia and Fernanda were very caring. I closed out the tab for the stay for the food full price as tomorrow mornings flight was before their showing up.
I was appalled by the lack of care from daiana and even courtesy. From day one when I arrived, all she cared about was selling me much more expensive prix fixe dinner menus(twice price of ala carte menus ) or pushing private car services etc. I had stayed at many relaix chateau properties in Europe and this is certainly not the attitude or response I ever encountered from management.
2) first night in my suite it was torrential rain . And my roof leaked onto the middle of my bed. I put a bath towel and it stopped leaking about 30 min later. I called front desk and They did offer to move my room but with pouring rain I declined not wanting the poor staff to get drenched and the dripping finally stopped.
3) if you do any group tours like cache or Cafayate etc, none of the tour companies will pick you up from the hotel(except for the Salina grande tour because it’s on its way)... so you will have to take a taxi $20-25 into town 45 min earlier meaning you have to leave hotel at 615am usually to meet your tour and returning from town at 8/830pm(hotel at 9/930pm)
So this hotel really is best if you decided to drive yourself or thinking about a $600 day private tour.
So despite the gorgeous environment n staff, I can only gave it 2 stars due to ms salcini poor response to my allergy situations.
And I would only recommend the hotel perhaps mostly for a 2 night stay as it will become very costly as it’s so remote from town.
Ps First 3 pics are my eye infection and leak n the rest are pics of the hotel
We found House of Jasmines while driving around trying to find a great place for our last night in the north of Argentina. Located around a 10 min drive from the Salta airport, it was perfect for our early flight.
Driving down to the house from the gate - the alley has large eucalyptus trees on both sides. The grounds of this estancia is just so lovely - from inside to outside. Inside all the rooms, both sleeping and common rooms are decorated with local arts and crafts. Outside there is a lovely terrace with great views of the mountains and over the property. Horses - orangetrees and the great outdoor swimmingpool.
We stayed in a standard room - Maimara - the room was very good and had a very comfortable bed. Spacious bathroom.
There is a lot of things to do if you need a break from relaxing on the terrace.. We borrowed their bikes and went for a nice ride around the area. There is a SPA on the grounds, we did not have enough time to try it out.
All the staff was so friendly and helpful in every way.
We had a great lunch on the terrace and even a better dinner at the Table restaurant in the evening - great steak with the perfect wine.
After a great night sleep we was served a very good breakfast before leaving Salta.
House of Jasmines is the perfect place if you looking for a great original Argentine estancia - the place to find total relaxation. It is so nice and silent - there is no street noise - and perfect location it you need or want to stay close to Salta airport.
If you want to know what heaven is about - visit the House of Jasmines and get a taste!
We were staying in the center of Salta and our travel agent suggested that we have Xmas Eve dinner at the House of Jasmines. What a terrific idea. First we had appetizers on the terrace and they hired dancers and a drummer to entertain us. Then we went into the dining room to have one wonderful serving after another followed by an amazing dessert table. This meal was one of the highlights of our time in northern Argentina. The grounds are gorgeous and we enjoyed our walk around the property including watching owls perched in a tree.
Loved this place we were only there for 1 night, really wished we had booked more nights. Our room was like a small cottage with a nice little terrace area. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble, my husband was celebrating his birthday and staff brought a cake to our room, nice touch. Really enjoyed this hotel only shame was that I only had 1 night to enjoy it so didn't have time for the SPA, horse riding activities etc that were on offer.