Summer months in Buenos Aires can turn out to be unbearable and put us in a bad mood if we don’t find a place to refresh our minds and take refuge from the heat. In comparision to its incredibly wide array of possibilities in terms of pleasures, we have a slight doubt about the abilities of Buenos Aires to offer us nice swimming pools. To answer this doubt, we went on the quest to find the best oasis in town and selected the ones we thought you would like. (…)
The luxury option : 5 stars hostels, perfect for a sunny day with your girls…
Faena: its concept lies on the idea of « universes » where each space makes us feel just like Alice in Wonderland. In addition, the design of these universes was realised by Philippe Stark, the french designer worldwidely famous for the conveniency and the esthetics of his creations. The « Faena Hotel + Univers » was the first project of Stark in south America ; he helped the businessman Alan Faena in his attempt to rebuild Buenos Aires’ « Belle Epoque » in a luxury hotel in front of the river. The building hosts an art gallery, a gourmet food market and a pool with a bar where a DJ plays when the sun goes down. The price is $ 150 and includes a very fancy dressing room and deckchairs. For US$ 200 you can get in the spa with Sauna and turkish bath. You don’t need to make a reservation and the pool is open every day from 9 to 21.Martha Salotti 445, Puerto Madero.
Four Seasons: The former Park Hyatt Hotel, located in Posadas 1086, offers an outside pool in the garden of its magnificent mansion. You cqn also enjoy the solarium, the turkish bath, the sauna, the aromatherapy space, the gym, the jacuzzi and the spa and beauty services. Every day from 7 to 21, US$ 75, reservation needed. (4321-1642 / 4393-4466)
Claridge: The gym with its sport devices and its sauna opens onto a garden with a nice swimming pool. You don’t need to bring your own towel and you will appreciate the salad, tea and fresh fruits bar. The prices are 190$ for one day and 640$ a month for 6 months. Open from Monday to Friday and from 8 to 20, a reservation is needed. (4314-7700). Tucuman 535
Hilton: The 7th floor hosts an outdoor swimming pool and a solarium and offers an incredible view on the Rio de Plata. You can also have a drink at the pool bar, exercize at the gym, enjoy the jacuzzi, the sauna and the massage spaces. All included for 200$ a day, don’t forget to make a reservation at least one day in advance, and come from Monday to Friday (8 to 20). Macacha Güemes 351. 4891-0035
Villas Club Palermo: a unique and special space for all the « afficionados » of sport and healthy life. In addition to swimming pool, you can also enjoy the tennis courts, the paddle tables and a nice bar where you can have lunch during the week-ends. Open every day from 9 to 20, 265$ from Monday to Friday and 305$ on the week-ends. Valentin Alsina 1450
The affordable option: The outdoor sport complex Parque Norte, extending over 30 hectares in the heart of the city ( corner of Avenida Cantilo and Güiraldes) is the perfect place to go with a large group of people or amuse the kids in the week-ends. You will find four pools with water slides and one pool exclusively dedicated to the children. If laying in the sun without doing anything is not your cup of tea, you can do water-boxing, water-aerobic, spinning, play beach-volley or take classes of latin danses. Waterpolo, basket-ball and soccer tournaments are also organized. The prices are 25$ a day (9 to 20) during the week and 35$ during the week-ends and the holidays.
If you want to step out of the routine and forget about the ambient heat for a while, you don’t have any excuse left ! Enjoy it !