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Favorite Spa in South America

El Alvear Palace

Buenos Aires, Argentina

A true palace in the city's most refined neighborhood, El Alvear has welcomed guests to its 210 rooms and suites, decorated in the Empire and Louis XVI styles, since 1932. The same unparalleled service the hotel has extended to kings, presidents, and movie stars in years past continues today, exemplified by the memorable activities it arranges for guests to indulge in, such as chauffeured shopping trips, tango lessons, and trips to polo matches. The magnificent Alvear Spa & Fitness Center features golden marble floors, mahogany walls, and French-style furniture. The spa circuit is composed of wellness, fitness, and combined bath and treatment areas. Here, customized programs include massage, anti-age treatments, and algae baths, among others. The vitality pool—with its detoxifying ozonated bubbles and moving water paths—is a highlight of the Center, which claims to have the only Kineses training system in South America. Guests can request services in the beauty salon or workout tips from an on-call personal trainer.