The former love nest of an Argentinian ballerina has been transformed into a secluded hideaway on the banks of the Rio Uruguay in Salto. Casa Wirth was designed to draw in seasoned travelers in search of an offbeat destination. The converted colonial mansion features five elegantly furnished guestrooms with individually decorated bathrooms. By maintaining its original colonial style, Casa Wirth reflects its past, although there are modern-day upgrades such as complimentary WiFi throughout the property.
Offsite, guests can check out works of local artists at the Museo de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Museum), take a relaxing swim in the 104-degree thermal pools at the 12,000-acre Termas de San Nicanor estate, or work out at Salto’s exclusive Club Romero’s gym, which is free of charge for guests at Casa Wirth. The staff at Casa Wirth is able to arrange all of these excursions, plus a winery tour, paragliding adventure and a private transfer to Estancia Don Pipo, a 2,470-acre ranch where traditional gauchos live amongst more than 100 Criollo and Arab horses and a herd of 400 Angus cattle. The staff is also happy to prepare guest’s breakfast, make up their room, wash their clothes, iron their clothing and prepare special meals such as a traditional Uruguayan asado (or barbecue) on the hotel’s 6,000-sq-ft. garden, which blooms with passion fruit trees, orchids and roses. For more information, visit casawirth.com.