Concierge.com's insider take:
Situated on the fir-lined banks of Lake Nahuel Huapi's north shore, Villa La Angostura is unashamedly twee, its main street lined with wooden boardwalks and chinked-log chalets. Visitors come to cast for trout in the streams and lakes accessed from the picturesque Ruta de los Siete Lagos (Seven Lakes Drive), practice their downhill at the 21-piste Cerro Bayo ski resort, five miles away; or hike directly from town across a narrow isthmus to Los Arrayanes National Park. Luxury lodge Las Balsas nestles among beech trees and is aimed at those who prefer to top-and-tail their outdoors pursuits with a bit of pampering. All 15 rooms and suites overlook a private jetty and boathouse on one of the lake's prettiest bays. After enjoying the great outdoors by day, guests return each night to sip a well-chosen malbec in a candlelit nook; sample the Patagonian trout, venison, and lamb paired with wild mushrooms, scallops, and forest fruits by chef Pablo Campoy; or soothe aching muscles in the well-equipped, stone-built spa next door.