“A rustic-luxe retreat with private 4x4s and personal guides to the Torres del Paine National Park, 'eighth wonder of the world'”
Visible from each other but a good distance apart are 11 romantic cabins. A twelfth, with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a secluded indoor terrace, is aimed at families or friends. So luxurious that they merit the term ‘villas’, each is a short stroll from the main lodge.
Taking their cue from Patagonian ranching outposts, these all-wood structures are designed to blend into the surroundings. There’s a back-to-nature vibe so you can ‘connect to the world', yet the comforts are entirely modern. Rustic wood lines walls, polished wood tops floors, and sheepskins and alpaca blankets add charm. Wood-burning stoves keep things toasty; stunning vistas keep you inspired. With a wall of picture windows (shuttered at night), each villa has been created to maximise views of Lake Sarmiento and the Torres del Paine.
Baskets of rolled towels lie in readiness for deep baths and long hot showers. No excuses here not to look your best: each bathroom has a makeup mirror and a hairdryer, a carved comb, and Awasi’s lip balm, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and milled soap - a piquant blend of mint and lemon. Other thoughtful items include a bedside torch and a pair of walking sticks.
The finishing touches? Inside: a complimentary minibar stocked with drinks. Outside: a private hot tub sunk into decking - raise a glass to the brightest stars you’ll ever see. Later, while you're dining, wining and making new friends, the evening turndown service brings a woven mat and an Awasi chocolate in a cactus box to your bedside.
A buffet breakfast is laid out in the restaurant; settle into armchairs at stylish plain-wood dining tables. You'll find fresh fruits, just-baked breads and pitchers of hand-squeezed orange and chirimoya juices, as well as yoghurt, cereals and cold cuts. Furthermore, a cook is on hand to fix eggs, omelettes, French toast - whatever you fancy.
For lunch and dinner, daily changing menus - fish, meat and vegetarian - have been created by executive chef Mathieu Michel. Feast on Austral crab lasagne, slow-cooked lamb shank or grilled white fish rineta; traditional Patagonian dishes with a modern European twist. The produce is fresh and supplied by subsidised farming communities, and wines flow freely. If you're out on an excursion, you'll be given a picnic box.
Enjoy aperitifs and digestifs in the large lounge, wood-floored and wood-panelled from top to toe. Bright cushions beautify sofas upholstered in lemon, and deep-orange bench seats await by the woodburner (one of several, all huge). The bar stocks premium beers and liquours, including the popular pisco, and a selection of wines from all regions of Chile. There's also a premium wine list (extra cost).
Awasi staff are happy to recommend and drive you to restaurants in other hotels if you want a change of scene.
What’s great about the Awasi experience is you can explore the reserve in your private 4x4, either on your own or accompanied by your guide. If you'd prefer to be active, Torres del Paine is a hikers’ paradise, and hikes, hacks and cycle tours are organised each day, from the arduous to the gentle.
Families are welcome and there’s no charge for under 5s. Baby cots and car booster seats are available, as are kids' menus and highchairs. The hotel is best suited to active older children.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
The villas can fit 1 baby cot or extra bed; the master villa has 2 double/twin bedrooms and space for a baby cot or extra bed.