XIAN RIO – RIO DE JANEIRO

This stylish restaurant is the perfect marriage between Asia and Rio: it might serve far-east flavors, but the design and ambiance were completely thought out to bring inside one of the most stunning views of the city. From the terrace, you can look over Guanabara Bay and Sugar Loaf Mountain, admiring the skyline of buildings, forested mountains, and the iconic Christ the Redeemer.

With four chefs at the helm, the menu brings an exciting mix of contemporary Asian flavors, complemented by an excellent selection of cocktails, wines, and sakes.

The main dining room is designed in amphitheater style to ensure that each and every guest experience its gastronomy overlooking the iconic landmarks of Rio from the window.

Capacity: 100 to 1000 guests Highlights: sunset overlooking Rio´s iconic landmarks & multiple spaces for exclusive group use Location: Downtown

SPEAKEASY BARS

Promoted by the “dry” crusaders, a movement led by rural Protestants and social Progressives, “Prohibition” in the United States was a nationwide constitutional ban on the sale, production, importation, and transportation of alcoholic beverages that remained in place from 1920 to 1933.

Now picture for a moment you travel back in time. It is 1930, New York City, during these days of prohibition. On a Saturday night, you and your friends are quite anxious but excited. Everyone has decided to ignore the law and find some forbidden alcoholic drinks. The only way to accomplish this evening is to visit a Speakeasy, an illegal bar. They are referred to as the Speakeasy due to the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police or neighbors.

Through word-of-mouth, rumors could be heard about the location of these hidden places that kept the leisure and nocturnal pleasures. Imagine an acquaintance secretly gives you an envelope with a mysterious clue. If you are sharp enough to guess the correct answer, you will be part of a secret community where clients themselves are responsible for inviting new friends to join the mystery…

It seems so long ago since those days of old. However, even to this day Buenos Aires boasts a wide variety of close-door bars that recreate the atmosphere and style of those old times. Since they are usually above, below, or behind something else that makes them less-than-easy to locate, we offer our travelers a different and unique experience: an expert bartender guides them through the city’s intriguing prohibition-style cocktail dens.

Our first stop is a bar which takes the concept of a Speakeasy and puts it into full gear. On a quiet street in Palermo Hollywood, the typical pedestrian would never notice it. There are two rites of passage that each customer must complete before entering the bar. First, they whisper a password to the doorman, which is the answer to the clue they previously received in an envelope. Once the door is opened, our guests enter a smaller room where there is a phone booth at the other end. The next step is to enter a secret code into the phone which opens a door and allows them to reach the bar. An impressive variety of drinks delights our travelers at this spot.

The second stop is a private social club which is not open to the public. It is a recently renovated house in the middle of Palermo Soho to accommodate for private events. Classy with a modern-design, this place also features a courtyard and a pool, which is used for special pool parties during the summer.

After this, they are guided to another neighborhood where they encounter a large wooden door with no sign, other than the street address and a doorman. Once our visitors are in, they will notice a large contrast between its run down entrance on a quiet street and its classy, upscale environment inside. It is time to enjoy some tasty food with their cocktails.

The evening goes by visiting different redoubts: small doors in discreet roads, colonial houses, taverns hidden behind a sushi bar or even a flower shop… each of them with its own magical secrets. Each of these destinations makes this journey worthy of memories.

A differentiating factor with respect to the traditional bar is the cocktail proposal. If anything could define these hideaways it would be the premium high-quality of these classic drinks. Our guide promptly recommends the specials of the house and shares tips and recipes to prepare the best combinations. To finalize this journey, our travelers take with them a cocktail booklet, filled with recipes from each of the destinations.

New Awasi Lodge At Iguazu Waterfalls In Argentina

A REFUGE IN THE JUNGLE

Located just 20 minutes from the world’s largest waterfalls, Awasi’s new 14-room lodge is situated on the banks of the River Iguazú, surrounded by the Atlantic Rainforest. Each villa is assigned with a private guide and 4WD, allowing guests to explore at their own pace, visiting where they want, in their own time.

 

 

 

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HOW TO GET THERE

From  Buenos  Aires:  LATAM  and  AEROLÍNEAS  ARGENTINAS  fly  to  International  Airport  of  Puerto  Iguazú  (also  known  as  Cataratas  del  Iguazú).  Your  private  guide  will  be  waiting  at  the  airport  to  greet  you  and  take  you  to  the  hotel  in  a  private  4WD.  There  are  no  group  transfers  so  the  experience  will  be  personalized  and  based  on  your  pace  and  requirements  from  the  outset. From  destinations  in  Brazil:    The  Awasi  private  guides  also  meet  and  greet  guests  at  Brazil’s  Aeropuerto  Internacional  de  Foz  do  Iguaçu,  bringing  them  back  to  the  lodge  in  their  private  4WD.

 

 

 

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YOUR PRIVATE VILLA

With the perfect mix of privacy in your villa, along with the opportunity to socialise at the bar and restaurant in the main lodge, Awasi Iguazú will be the perfect place to enjoy the very best of the Misiones Province.

There are 13 Standard Villas, and 1 Master Villa. Each villa has a private plunge pool, outdoor shower and spacious living area. The master villa has a larger plunge pool and living room allowing plenty of space for two couples or families.
The interiors feature traditional textiles and baskets woven by the indigenous Guarani people, who still inhabit the region and are our neighbours.

 

 

 

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CUISINE

Awasi  guests  enjoy a  daily  menu  using  the  finest  local ingredients,  adapted  to  your  requirements. Aarón Castillo Pellería is Head Chef at Awasi Iguazú.  Chef  Aarón  has  cooked  in  hotels  and  restaurants  in  Europe  and  all  over  Latin  America,  including  working  under  Michelin  star  chefs.  In  joining  Awasi  Iguazú,  he  finds  himself  with  a  whole  range  of  new  flavours  and  ingredients  to  discover.  A  believer  in  combining  traditional  techniques  with  modern  innovation,  Aarón  ultimately  relies  on  fresh,  local  produce  to  create  the  most  authentic  dishes.

 

 

 

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EXPLORING  IGUAZU

Prior  to  your  arrival  at  Awasi,  we  will  ask  you  to  complete  a  short  questionnaire  to  inform  us  of  your  preferences,  special  interests,  physical  conditions,  dietary  requirements,  and  any  other  details  that  will  help  our  team  arrange  an  unforgettable  trip,  especially  designed  for  you

The  excursions  at  Awasi  Iguazú  are  divided  into  zones  and  themes,  the  primary  zone  being  the  Iguazú  Falls.  Next,  we  explore  the  Atlantic  Rainforest,  an  area  of  incredible  beauty  that  surrounds  the  falls.  Due  to  the  fact  that  it  is  not  connected  to  any  other  rainforest,  the  Atlantic  Rainforest  has  1000s  of  endemic  plants  and  animals.  What  is  more,  it  is  Argentina’s  most  diverse  area  in  terms  of  people  and  culture.  Excursions  include  visiting  18th  century  Jesuit  ruins;  hidden  waterfalls  (as  well  as  the  famous  ones);  kayaking  through  the  jungle;  bird  watching;  viewing  endemic  flora  and  fauna;  and  sharing  time  with  local  Guarani  tribes  where  guests  can  learn  about  ancient  artisan  crafts  and  the  tribes’  relationship  with  the  rainforest.  We  hope  our  guests  will  leave  with  an  idea  of  the  immense  beauty  of  the  Atlantic  Rainforest  and  the  importance  of  conservationism  in  the  area.  In  terms  of  duration,  excursions  are  divided  into  full-day  outings  (  from  6  to  10  hrs.),  with  picnic  lunch  included;  or  half-day  excursions  (between  4  and  6  hrs.),  returning  for  lunch  at  Awasi.    After  excursions,  guests  can  return  to  their  villa  to  relax  by  their  private  plunge  pool.

 

 

 

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WHY AWASI?

Because  we  have  a  dedicated  team  committed  to  catering  to  your  preferences:  what  sets  us  apart  is  our  attention  to  detail.  –  Because  Awasi  hotels  are  unique  in  South  America  as  they  offer  a  service  that  is  100%  tailor-made.-  Because  we  assign  a  private  guide  and  4WD  vehicle  to  each  room  so  that  excursions  are  crafted  around  the  needs  and  preferences  of  each  guest.-  Because  our  cuisine  stands  out  for  its  flavours  and  textures,  featuring  regional  ingredients,  adapted  to  the  needs  of  each  guest.

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Bespoke Experience in Argentina’s Lake District

For those who are seeking that “middle of nowhere” sensation, we developed the most bespoke camp experiences by blending style, comfort and natural beauty in the most seamless fashion…

We will provide you with a comfortable and prestigious accommodation according to each profile: from the most rustic settlements, to the most luxurious one. Its true value lies in their isolation, their ability to offer access to untouched and pristine locations and the capability to make travelers feel like home away from home.

It is the perfect getaway for honeymooners and families who are looking for uncompromising privacy and solitude.

~ Geo domes and Bell tents accommodation ~

~ Fully furnished 19 m2 to 30 m2 ~

~ L’Occitane amenities ~

~ Elegant mountain style decor ~

~ Elegant mountain style decor ~

~ Optional interior with wood burner ~

~ Beautifully styled details ~

~ Bespoke camps and full time staff ~

~ Outdoor activities and travel experiences ~

~ Luxury Heli-experiences & Scenic tours ~

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For more information contact one of our alchemists:
argentina@alchemydmc.com

 

HOME HOTEL BUENOS AIRES distinguished as the best in Latin America.

The garden, the details of interior design and the pool awarded Home Buenos Aires as the best boutique hotel in the region.

When in 2000 Patricia O’Shea and Tom Rixton decided to move from Dublin to Buenos Aires they looked for a property to build a hotel. They wanted to invite their European friends to the wedding, and to host them “in a really cool place”, as they define. Two years later, in an old furniture factory on Honduras Street, they built Home Buenos Aires. With 20 rooms, all different from each other, a dream garden, pool and special interior details, today the hotel became the Best Boutique Hotel in Latin America 2017, according to World Boutique Hotels Awards.

Six or seven years ago, wall papers did not have the “deco” acceptance they count on now. But they were the fetish of Patricia and Tom, who brought them especially from London. They became one of the reasons why the organization rewarded the hotel: “The collection of original wallpaper that the owners treasure, some as old as from 1889”. And they add: “The vegetable sanctuary next to the pool, Mulata: the hotel’s cat, and the effort to transport guests to live an experience that transmits the history and culture of its location, with its own style, were also evaluated satisfactorily “.

During 2017, the Home was also recognized among the 25 Best Hotels of South America in the Travelers Choice Awards 2017, of the magazine Condé Nast Traveler, in which it obtained the position no. 8, the highest among hotels in Argentina. In addition, they won the Best New Hotel Design Awards from Wallpaper Magazine 2006, Condé Nast Gold List 2015, and Best Boutique Hotel Argentina – Luxury Travel Awards 2014.

VIK RETREATS recognized with Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards

Vik Retreats recognized with Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 readers’ choice awards all four retreats named to top twenty best resorts in South America with Playa Vik José Ignacio and Bahia Vik José Ignacio tying for #1 in South America and #3 in the world’s best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, airlines, airports and cruise lines.

Playa Vik

Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Bahia Vik José  Ignacio and Playa Vik José Ignacio recognized as the #1 resorts in South America and the #3 resorts in the world with a score of 99.61, Vik Chile recognized as the #4 resort in South America with a score of 98.35, and Estancia Vik José Ignacio recognized as the #16 resort in South America, with a score of 96.3.

Bahia Vik

Vik Retreats are a collection of private South American resorts designed for discerning travelers seeking a unique and unrivaled experience. Comprised of Estancia Vik José Ignacio, Playa Vik José Ignacio and Bahia Vik José Ignacio in Uruguay, and Vik Chile and the Viña Vik Vineyard in the Millahue Valley, Vik Retreats promise singular stays offering entrée into the very best of their respective locales. Since their debuts, the properties have been lauded as some of the most exceptional destinations in the world, and Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Readers Choice Awards further solidifiy their position as the benchmark in luxury travel.

Estancia Vik

Working in tandem to provide a world-class stay for visitors, Estancia Vik José Ignacio is romantic, rustic and traditional and located nearby in the hills rolling down to the José Ignacio lagoon, which runs into the ocean, Playa Vik José Ignacio showcases ultra-contemporary art and design along the most coveted spot on the coast, and Bahia Vik José Ignacio celebrates contemporary beach living with seamless flow between indoors and outdoors.

Website: www.vikretreats.com

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Miroslava Brito

Administration

Miroslava is a dreamer and entrepreneur, she loves to explore and discover new places, cultures and customs. That is the reason why she is in Argentina today working as an administrative assistant at ALCHEMY DMC. She is characterized for being a happy, empathic, proactive person who works in an organized and responsible way.