Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile
Wild Luxury, $$$
Escaping to the world’s farthest-flung frontiers was once reserved for the most intrepid of travelers. No more. Even in Patagonia, where Chilean baqueanos (cowboys) and galloping llamas traverse a landscape of jagged peaks and massive glaciers, rolling plains and crystalline lakes, there's a resort making this wild world accessible for all. Tierra Patagonia is a luxury lodge that champions Chilean craftsmanship and indigenous traditions, 21st-century architecture and contemporary comforts. Massive windows are a feature of the hotel’s standout design, yet the property appears to blend and curve seamlessly into the famously remote landscape. Whether you’re here to scale the granite cliffs or admire the otherworldly views from afar, a stay at this sustainable hotel — where airport transfers, meals, and excursions are all included in the price — is hands-down the most comfortable way to experience the thrill of going way, way off the grid.
At a Glance
The Vibe: Wood-clad luxury. With almost every surface wrapped in blonde timber, cozy vibes inside offer a welcome contrast to the rugged landscape outside. Think of it like a dressed-down après-ski setting that’s comfortable and communal.
Standout Detail: The heated indoor infinity pool, which is encased in glass. Beyond the water and through the windows, the dramatic peaks of Torres del Paine tower above Lake Sarmiento. (Weather-depending, there’s an outdoor Jacuzzi with the same view.)
This Place Is Perfect For: The adventure traveler who wants to sip cocktails and sleep between luxurious linens at the end of the day; the not-so-adventurous traveler who wants to experience Patagonia from the heated indoor infinity pool.
Rooms: There are Suites, Superior Rooms (which can be connected to make family apartments sleeping up to six people), and Standard Rooms. There are no TVs. Instead, every bed faces a picture window (as do freestanding bathtubs) to place the emphasis on the wild frontier outside. Clad in wood and wool, the Scandinavian-inspired rooms make a cozy setting for gazing at your very own Patagonian vista in astonishment or winding down at the end of the day with L’Occitane bath products. WiFi is offered in communal areas, but not in the rooms (for your own good).
On Site: Most spas promise rest and relaxation. But faraway Patagonia thoughtfully places so much distance between you and everyday life that disconnecting is a given. At Uma Spa, hydro-massage and water jets enhance the heated indoor pool. All treatments and therapies use natural ingredients and are designed to open up your prana (life force) through facials, massages, and alternative therapies that promote positive thoughts and wellbeing. There’s also a yoga studio and separate relaxation rooms for men and women.
Food + Drink: With all meals (and house wines, beers, and spirits) included in the price of your stay, this is a hotel where you can and should dig in. The protein-rich breakfast will give you energy to take on the day. Lunch and dinner are three-course affairs that serve fish from the Magellan Strait, beef from nearby estancias (cattle ranches), and native vegetables. The sustainably-sourced ingredients are transformed into indulgent dishes you’d find in a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Want to go out exploring for the entire day? The hotel will pack a lunch of soups and sandwiches to keep you going until dinner. When you return, head to the circular bar for a Calafate Sour, a twist on the traditional Chilean Pisco Sour, which can only be had in Patagonia.
What to Do Nearby
The hotel is a 15-minute drive from Torres del Paine National Park — one of the finest in Chile and all of South America. Upon arrival, the hotel will work with you to create a custom itinerary that suits your needs and interests — including but not limited to hiking the glaciers, horseback riding the pampas, and boating in pristine lakes. Take the moderately-easy hike to Río Ascencio, which offers an up-close view of the Torres del Paine massif. Get your adrenaline pumping when you ride alongside Chilean huasos (similar to American cowboys). Or sail the glass-like water of pristine lakes to gaze up at massive glaciers. The hotel’s expert guides will help you to experience Torres del Paine your way.
Most people fly in and out of Punta Arenas, a colonial Chilean city about four hours south of the hotel. It’s about as far-flung as cosmopolitan gets, with restaurants, bars, and museums located literally at the end of the Americas.
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