This is one of those rare hotels whose exterior truly sets the tone for what lies beyond. Its buildings – all shimmering glass and rust-red stone – are the work of some of Chile’s top creative talent. As are its gardens, where desert-adapted plants frame a stunning pool and views across to Licancabur Volcano’s conical peak.
Stepping inside, you’ll find the hotel to be no less impressive, with floor-to-ceiling windows, custom works of art and bespoke furnishings further enhancing the desert theme. In the Oriente rooms, whitewashed walls and wood-framed beds complete with roll-down shades set a contemporary tone as elegant flagstones leads out past sliding doors to private Atacama views. And, in the larger Poniente rooms, outdoor showers add an extra touch of indulgence. There’s also an option for families, with an ever-so-spacious, split-level suite sleeping up to six guests.
A stay here provides the perfect balance between adventure and relaxation, the former catered to through a whole host of included excursions. There are 4WD tours of the Altiplanic lagoons, Tatio Geyers and Puritama Hotsprings; guided hikes through Devil’s Canyon, the Guatin Valley and to the village of Río Grande; and cycling tours through the Valle de la Luna and the Catarpe Plateau. For something more adventurous, join a guided volcano hike – there’s a choice of summits, with Láscar and Toco providing equally rewarding views across the Atacama salt flats and Bolivian Altiplano. Or, for those that prefer to take things easy, there are horse rides, nature tours and even stargazing in the company of a native Atacaman.
And, once the adventure is over, take the chance to relax with gourmet dining, fine wines from Chile’s central valleys and perfectly blended cocktails including that all-time Chilean favourite – the Pisco Sour. And what better way to round off each day than with a treatment at the Uma Spa. Choose between body wraps and scrubs, soak away any lingering aches in the Turkish bath and outdoor hot tub, or take the chance to unwind completely with a hot-stone massage or crystal therapy. There’s even the chance to book from the new Adventure & Spa pairing menu, combining classic Atacama touring with selected treatments, all recommended by the hotel’s own health and expedition experts.