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Buenos Aires I miss you

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I've been sorting through photos for an article on Argentine spas and found this series...
so I thought I'd share

This is the round-up:
Getting Pampered in the Spas of Argentina

beth says:

corr! look at that sky!

7th Jan 2008, 17:12

Dhamaka says:

It was stunning Beth. Magical. And you could see all the way to Uruguay (that's what the business men were looking at)

7th Jan 2008, 17:15

beth says:

i like the inside/outside pool thing too :)

7th Jan 2008, 17:21

Dhamaka says:

oh so do I
and the 24-hour breakfast thing that you can't see but goes on at the spa bar...

7th Jan 2008, 17:22

540air says:

I can see why you might miss all that. That top one's lovely too :)

7th Jan 2008, 17:29

Wow! The colours in that top shot are amazing :)

7th Jan 2008, 18:10

So, when are you treating me to a trip here :-)

7th Jan 2008, 18:13

paintist says:

sigh......I would miss it too.....

7th Jan 2008, 18:13

Dhamaka says:


But I've just been approached to do an article on some Argentine hotels so I only need to find a few more commissions to justify getting back :D

Sprocket - if I could I would

7th Jan 2008, 18:52

Dhamaka says:

actually the Panamericano is by no means the best hotel in BAires (or the best I stayed in) but they have been very good to me and I do my best to get them as much coverage as possible. And the photos of the spa should speak for themselves.

I'm lucky enough to have been able to write for Luxury Latin America. A few more of my pieces will be published with them soon and I've just been approached to write some more. The editor is very particular about the standard of establishment included - so I imagine that even you would like the hotels I review for him...

7th Jan 2008, 19:21

Viv says:

just wonderful

7th Jan 2008, 20:42

Dhamaka says:


thank you

*sighs again


7th Jan 2008, 21:15

winespy says:

i agree with Mandy

great shots, thank you for sharing


7th Jan 2008, 22:28

Dhamaka says:

Carpe - truth be told I was happier with that piece before it got edited. There were far fewer commas in it for a start

thank you wingmaker and winespy. As I said, if I could...

7th Jan 2008, 23:05

JEsson says:

I think I could really enjoy a holidat at a place with such a beautiful sunset and a bit of luxury (speaking as one who tends to fail at holidays!). Thanks for sharing, D :-)

8th Jan 2008, 02:43

SaharaSB says:

wow ! that looks amazing! great photos.

8th Jan 2008, 08:57

Dhamaka says:

thank you Jesson and Sahara

8th Jan 2008, 09:56

Jane Doe says:

Quality. Looks almost surreal

8th Jan 2008, 10:03

Dhamaka says:

thank you Jane
I promise it was like this on most of the nights I was there

8th Jan 2008, 10:08

jc1000000 says:

Don't cry for argentina!

That said, Buenos Aires is soooo beautiful, difficult not to if you got a soul connection with it. I was just thinking about how cool it was on the way to work.

8th Jan 2008, 10:45

Dhamaka says:


8th Jan 2008, 11:24

Toddy says:

Beautiful as ever...........

8th Jan 2008, 12:09

swamprose says:

sunset. pool. buenos aires.

8th Jan 2008, 13:47

Dhamaka says:

Thank you Toddy

Swamprose - I know

... *sighs

8th Jan 2008, 14:11

Geodyne says:

Feeling for you.

8th Jan 2008, 14:13

Dhamaka says:

As Arnold once said

....I'll be back....

8th Jan 2008, 14:15

Dhamaka says:

The piece on spas has just been posted - I've put the linkie with the images

16th Jan 2008, 17:34