If you’ve never thought of visiting Patagonia, you should – there’s hidden gems a’plenty.
Chilean Patagonia recently welcomed its first two new luxury resorts in over a decade. These are the four most dynamic digs at the end of the world.
A luxury trailblazer since 1993, Explora Salto Chico is still crazily beautiful after all these years.
Many of its 49 rooms and suites have private outdoor jacuzzis, and all have panoramic views of Lake Pehoé, the Salto Chico waterfall or the Torres del Paine range.
Expeditions include treks and horseback rides through the national park, comprising the Southern Ice Fields, Lakes Paine and Sarmiento, AsciendoRiverValley and Toro Heights.
Explora’s dining room also serves an exceptional selection of Chilean wines, and offers guided tastings.
From $2660 for a minimum of four nights.
Opened in 2012, The Singular has 57 rooms overlooking the Andes, a chic spa and unparalleled connections to Chile’s culinary history.
Located in an impeccably renovated, 1915-era sheep processing plant, the industrial-chic property is run by descendants of the 19th century Spanish agriculturalist who first brought lambs to Patagonia.
Friendly guides lead exclusive excursions to the nearby fjords and mountains, and the exemplary onsite restaurant serves the best of the local bounty – like Patagonian hare, white strawberries and, yes, pasture-raised organic lamb.
From $550 per night.
This 40-room resort also debuted in 2012, within southern Patagonia’s breathtaking Torres del Paine National Park.
Interiors have a Scandinavia-on-Lake-Sarmiento vibe, with sleek furniture made from indigenous blond wood alongside the occasional sheepskin throw or cowhide rug.
Floor-to-ceiling windows provide sweeping views of the lake, sky and grassy plains filled with grazing sheep and guanaco.
The resort also has guided excursions throughout the park, a welcoming restaurant and the fantastic Uma Spa, where an outdoor jacuzzi and indoor cascade pool overlook the park’s eponymous peaks.
From $1870 for a minimum of three nights.
The most urban of the group, Indigo Patagonia, is located in charmingly scruffy port town Puerto Natales.
In 2006, the boutique hotel underwent a major renovation by Chilean architect Sebastián Irrazával.
The result is a funky mix of Nordic furnishings, unadorned woodwork and a multi-story eucalyptus wall.
The 29 rooms are sparse but comfortable, and the knockout rooftop spa has three outdoor jacuzzis with views of the grey fjords and glaciers.
From $265 per night.