There’s nothing like shorter days and chilly nights to get you planning your next great escape, and thanks to Vacationist, a South American Grand Tour (in springtime!) is within reach. Spend a few days shopping your way through Buenos Aires from your base at the iconic Alvear Palace, then head to Punta del Este, to stay at Fasano’s new rustic-chic outpost, Fasano Las Piedras, in the Uruguayan countryside. Have questions on how to do it right? Log on to Vacationist's Facebook page at 2 p.m. EST for a chat with travel expert Paul Irvine, who will offer tips, strategies, and more.
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Alvear Palace - up to 22% off
Buenos Aires, Argentina
The posh Alvear Palace, which will celebrate its 80th birthday in 2012, recalls Buenos Aires's European roots: the design is pure Louis XIV; afternoon tea in the L'Orangerie restaurant mixes English traditions with Argentinean sweets (try the Alvear Cake, smothered in dulce de leche); Chef Darío Giorgieff's La Bourgogne serves the city's best French cuisine (using Argentine ingredients, of course); and even the bathroom amenities are French (custom-made for the hotel by Parisian designer Hermès). New this year? A top-to-bottom renovation decreased the room count from 210 to 197, added a new Grand Suite, and installed Jacuzzis and LCD TVs in the bathrooms. Thankfully, the stellar service remains top-notch: a bilingual butler assists guests with everything from unpacking and ironing to drawing a bath. (Sale ends in 6 days.)
Fasano Las Piedras – up to 35% off
Punta del Este, Uruguay
When the cult-favorite Fasano Hotel brand opened its new spa retreat in Punta del Este, in-the-know jet-setters started packing their bags. Like the company's urban properties in Rio and São Paulo, Las Piedras is a serious design destination thanks to Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld, who opted for cowhide walls and sheepskin rugs in 32 guest casas that dot 1,800 acres of grassland. Though set away from the beach, the resort, which faces a bird-filled estuary and pine forest, is poised between three worlds—bustling Punta del Este, stylish Jose Ignacio, and the quiet countryside. It also shines in every season: in summer (November through February), the white-sand beaches of Punta del Este are a short shuttle-ride away; in spring and fall, guests spend the days on horseback rides and bike tours and evenings in hotel-hosted tango lessons; and in winter, the two restaurants are cozy gathering spots for travelers who prefer to enjoy the rustic estancia without the well-heeled crowds. (Sale ends in 6 days.)
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