Buenos Aires, Argentina
One of the most exciting cities in the world and a must-see destination for any Royal Holiday member, Buenos Aires has long been one of the most posh and sophisticated vacation spots south of the equator. With its wild diversity of “barrios,” or districts, the city offers numerous options for fun and excitement, while its fascinating and friendly culture welcomes visitors warmly. Royal Holiday members from South America and around the globe have been flocking to Buenos Aires for more than a decade, and with two options for lodgings in the city, everyone has the chance to experience one of the most exciting urban landscapes in the world.
Royal Holiday members looking for the most affordable way to see the city will be interested in the Super Resort Buenos Aires Obelisco, a smart condominium-style hotel located nearby Buenos Aires’ famed Obelisk monument, as well as many of the city’s other major landmarks. Featuring comfortable studio rooms complete with an equipped kitchenette, the Super Resort Obelisco also provides easy access to car rental and laundry services as well as dedicated room service. For Royal Holiday members looking for complete luxury while traveling, the handsome twin towers of the Panamericano Buenos Aires Hotel & Resort will fit the bill admirably. Its in-house spa offers an unbeatable panoramic view of the city as well as beauty treatments, gym equipment, and a heated pool, while its location right across the street from the Teatro Colon and other high-culture landmarks ensures Royal Holiday members easy access to the city’s best restaurants and entertainment.
Buenos Aires began as a Spanish settlement in the late 1500s, and its situation near the mouth of the Río de la Plata made it a booming center of trade. By the late 1800s and early 1900s, the city had attracted numerous immigrants from around the world, thus producing a cultural diversity that has served Buenos Aires well. Royal Holiday visitors looking to soak up some of the city’s unique history should take a tour of Cementerio de la Recoleta, or Recoleta Cemetery, where the massive necropolis houses numerous figures from Argentina’s history, including the ever-popular grave of Evita Peron. However, one can’t explore this multifaceted city without being awash in its culture, from the parrillas, or grills, serving up the fine meat-focused cuisine of the city to the numerous cafes, some of which have been serving fine dulce-de-leche-doused coffee and the Argentinean version of the croissant, the medialuna, since the 1800s.
Lovers of the arts will find much to do in Buenos Aires, a city whose residents move in the circles of high fashion, fine art, and excellent music. The Teatro Colon, with its elegant facade and easily accessed tours, offers performances by some of the finest operatic singers in the world, while museums like the Art Museum of Bellas Artes and the famous Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires (MALBA) display treasures from old masters and contemporary superstars alike. Royal Holiday visitors will often find exciting events, from the weekly Feria de Mataderos festivals to the annual BAFWEEK fashion show and the Buenos Aires International Book Fair. Of course, Buenos Aires is also the capital of the tango, and Royal Holiday members will find every opportunity to see and experience this beautiful dance. The Complejo Tango and Centro Cultural Torquato Tasso offer classes and shows, while a stroll through the well-known La Boca barrio will provide Royal Holiday members with a glimpse of tangoing couples practicing their craft on the sidewalks.