“A rustic-luxe retreat with private 4x4s and personal guides to the Torres del Paine National Park, 'eighth wonder of the world'”
Opened on the former campground of adventurer Florence Dixie, who pitched her tent beneath the iconic peaks in 1878, the hotel is spread out like a classic estancia, with the stylish restaurant and guest lounge just a 5-minute stroll or a short golf-buggy ride from the furthest-flung villa. Each clean-limbed structure blends unobtrusively into the landscape; each enjoys total seclusion. Find kingsize beds and big shuttered windows, minibars packed with goodies, logs stacked by woodburners, sheepskin-topped sofas, drenching wet rooms, and private hot tubs so you can soak as you stargaze. Impossibly romantic. Glacier-walking, biking, kayaking, riding… each of the 12 villas is allocated an expert guide, and each day you book a new adventure, tailormade to your interests and your fitness. What’s more, the service is said to be superb - we're yet to visit in person, but those who have say this place is very special indeed.
- The setting: a 15,000-acre reserve overlooking the Torres del Paine National Park
- Just 12 luxurious villas with killer views: deep baths, capacious sofas, and your very own hot tub under the stars
- Delicious Patagonian cuisine and wine that flows freely
- Perfect for a honeymoon or once-in-a-lifetime holiday
- Off-road outings customised to suit you, from condor spotting to sierra climbing and hiking, with a multilingual guide and your own GPS-fitted jeep
- It looks eye-wateringly expensive at first glance, but bear in mind that rates include all meals, drinks, use of a private 4x4, guided excursions, and transfers to and from Puerto Natales
- Full pre-payment in advance of stay, and a 3-night minimum stay
- No TVs - nature provides all the drama you need!
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- Boutique Hotel
- All inclusive
- Only Children aged 5 years and over are accepted
- Closed: 1 May 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Concierge Service
- Bicycles Available
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.
- Central heating
- Complimentary minibar
- Extra beds
- Safe box
- Walking sticks
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.
- All meals included
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.
- Try a 1-hour hike to the Laguna Azul (Blue Lagoon) to acquaint yourself with the birdlife: caiquéns (upland geese), Pato juarjuals (crested ducks), taguas (red-gartered coots), and llamas and rheas along the way
- Take a trip across the flowing pampas - on bike, horseback or foot - to Los Riscos, a large rift of basalt origin where you can observe condors at close range, in awesome scenery
- Explore the stunning Miradores area on a 4-5 hour excursion that starts at the Weber Bridge, close to where the Paine flows into Lake Toro. Puff your way up Sierra del Toro to be rewarded with a view of the extreme southern part of the national park, then trek though ancient coigüe, lenga and ñirre forest to arrive at the Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon) and more views - this time of the Cordillera Paine
- Or how about a 4-hour fossil trail to the Cumbre-Baguales Geological & Paleontological Park? This takes in a highland steppe landscape and 40 million-year-old flora and fauna. Find plants, mollusks, sharks’ teeth and tree trunks fossilised in deep valleys and cliffs
- Get a feel for how the redoubtable Lady Florence Dixie and her entourage lived while crossing the Torres del Paine National Park in 1878: the first Europeans to do so. Follow part of their trail, from the slopes of Sierra Contreras and the Laguna Azul to the iconic Torres del Paine, christened ‘Cleopatra’s Needles’ by Florence. An exhilarating 7-hour trip for the hardy rider, gaucho-led
- And after all that, a soothing massage in your villa is in order, followed by a deep soak in your outdoor Jacuzzi!
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Mountain biking
- Plantlife / flora
- Private guided tours
- Well being
The hotel is best suited to active older children.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
Extra Beds Available
Kids Activities nearby:
- Mountain biking
- Fossil trails
- Bird watching
- Airport: 1.5 hours' drive (Puerto Natales)
- Nearest shop, including a pharmacy: 50km