Hugged by mountains and overflowing with waterfalls, natural pools and vibrant foliage, Chile must be experienced in the most serene way possible. Of course, you’ll definitely want to dive into the culture and architecture of Santiago, but the natural beauty of Chile’s top destinations will also lure you in. We’ve rounded up a list of resorts and hotels that will immerse you into the country, so you can truly disconnect and experience the sheer awesomeness.
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Explora Rapa Nui is located on Easter Island and exudes a naturalistic, disconnected feel, as it sits on an open hill overlooking the dark blue ocean. Beaches and a volcanic crater are within walking distance of the all-inclusive facilities, and planked wood paths also provide excellent browsing terrain throughout the grounds. Food is local and fresh with even Chilean wines offering a surprising perk to each meal. Other bonuses include an airport shuttle service and phenomenally educated guides that will take you around the island via bike or foot to deeply explore the history and nature.
At another dream location, the Explora Patagonia Hotel Salto Chico is in Torres del Paine National Park on Lake Pehoé. Rooms are highly refined, yet still down to earth to not even attempt to overstate the natural views out of the huge picture windows. Granite mountains and crystal blue water can be seen from rooms, indoor pool and the dining area, making for a panoramic display of natural beauty. Everything is included, from chef cultivated meals to tours of the parks. But like many of our favorite remote picks in Chile, there’s no internet nor cell phone service, so one can totally disconnect.
Wood flows throughout the mountainside retreat, Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, and actual tree accents have been embedded into the simplistic design. Modern, yet well blended with its surroundings, this Torres del Paine National Park location is mere steps from a stunning lake and other breathtaking grounds. Inside is a heated infinity pool facing the spanning mountain range. Tierra Patagonia is an all-inclusive retreat—horseback ride, eat, drink or spend the day at the spa.
Hotel AWA has a striking outside appearance, and the inside is extremely cozy. Full panel glass walls provide jaw-dropping views of Puerto Varas and Lake Lanquihue and are just one of the many impressive attributes of the architecturally mesmerizing hotel. An expertly crafted breakfast comes along with your stay, and the dinner scene is special too. Give the ceviche a try!
Hacienda Santa Cristina sits in Ovalle, on lush grounds overflowing with manicured foliage and blossoming flowers. Mountains hover in the distance and compliment the simplistic yet posh aesthetic of the wooden-floored suites and circular, hut-like dining space. Traverse the area on a horseback tour, or spend your day enjoying a massage and facial at this no fuss “hacienda”. From seafood, produce, nuts and marmalades, the food served is ultra-local, with some ingredients being sourced right onsite. Needless to say, this makes for an excellent culinary experience. Some great news for techies, there is WiFi.
Imagine waking up to overwhelmingly close views of the Andes Mountains, in your simplistic, snuggly room. Relax in the rustic lounge with even more viewing opportunities at Lodge El Morado, or float in the luxurious indoor pool complete with a sauna, hot tub, fountains, underwater loungers and bar stools, and of course the bar itself. Windows are everywhere, so guests can drink in the surroundings. Enjoy the free breakfast and the pleasant absence of television.
Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa is another Easter Island gem and is a short walk from the famous sculptures that are iconic to the area. Local art, unique structure aesthetics and ocean views define the gorgeous rooms, and the bathrooms are consistent will the spa nature of the entire escape. Stones, trees and ocean envelope the obscurely shaped swimming pool, and the lawn allows plenty of room for lounging. A locally inspired breakfast and a cocktail are free to guests daily.
Near Curarrehue, Kila Tai Tai Lodge is a spectacular home base when wanting to hike to volcanoes and hot springs. Rustic and straight forward with a touch of a boutique feel, the lodge is a wonderfully balanced place to stay for nature lovers who crave that touch of pampering at the end of the day. Beds are plush, the dining area intimate and welcoming, and being such a small little place, there’s that peaceful seclusion.
Biosfera Lodge offers something a bit more unique via bunking in an unusual wooden and canvas capsule with hinge windows to let in the open air. Think tent camping, but more alien spaceship like! Right outside of Olmué, guests are nestled among the forest and mountains and will have plenty to do outside thanks to a wooden climbing wall, a pool in beautiful settings and a visually incredible dining room serving fresh, native dishes. Bonus—pods are on the more modest side of the price spectrum.
Conviento de Lobos’ rooms are tucked in beautiful stone cottages. As a whole, the retreat is for those looking to truly escape, and you’ll get to do that here, in Punta de Lobos. Enjoy solar-powered facilities and try out local artisan goodies. Practice yoga, surf one of the top spots in the country or just lounge around and enjoy the view. Prices are phenomenal, rooms are airy and comfortable, and the atmosphere will totally renew you.