The 4 Best Luxury Hotels in Chile’s Atacama Desert

Friday, February 16th, 2018

Imagine traveling to a place where pastel-colored skies camouflage with the rocky ridges of one of driest deserts on earth! The Atacama Desert, a plateau in South America, expands across 40,541 sq.  meters making it an entrancing place perfect for outdoor adventure, stargazing, and culturally enriching experiences. With its charming accents of oases and welcoming towns, this northern Chilean landmark also proves one of the most alluring. We invite you to discover the Atacama Desert and the spectacular accommodations in this region.

Awasi Atacama

Located in the town of San Pero de Atacama is an oasis in the desert known as Awasi Atacama, a pre-Inca inspired lodge with natural elements throughout, is perfectly nestled behind a wall making it almost unseen. During your stay in one of the 10 suites available, guests are provided with a private guide and driver, to ensure that you can make the most of your visit at your own pace. Each Suite is approximately 538 sq. ft.  and include a private patio, solarium, plus outdoor and indoor showers. Feeling a bit hungry? Head on over to the Awasi Kitchen where you can savor authentic Chilean dishes using the freshest ingredients. Here you can also take a cooking class with Awasi Atacama’s very own Chef, Juan Pablo Mardones and learn how to make sophisticated delicacies.

explora Atacama

explora Atacama was built in a 17-hectare plot as a base to enjoy the surrounding desert and Andes highlands. It is located near San Pedro de Atacama in the Ayllu de Larache, once known as a community for the Aymara people. The rooms at explora Atacama are bright, airy, and eclectic with desert or mountain views, making it perfect for relaxing after a long day of exploring. To truly experience explora and disconnect from your daily routine, rooms do not have Wi-Fi or television. These amenities are only available in the common areas of the hotel. San Pedro de Atacama prides itself on having the world’s clearest skies, therefore making it the perfect location for stargazing at its observatory. The observatory dome is recognized as one of the best in Chile as it houses an advanced optics telescope among other extraordinary features to provide the best views. There are many more amenities for guests to enjoy such as an indoor & outdoor pool,  horseback riding, access to the Puritama Hotsprings Reserve, the Turi Puri Massage Room, and Spa.

Tierra Atacama Boutique Hotel & Spa

On the edge of San Pedro de Atacama, you will come across the Tierra Atacama Boutique Hotel & Spa, created by the Purcell family, also known as longtime owners of Ski Portillo. Tierra Atacama provides the perfect combination of outdoor adventures with the convenience of indoor accommodations and hospitality. This boutique hotel prides itself on environmentally friendly and sustainable design with becoming the first hotel in Chile to produce 100% solar electricity.  Tierra Atacama strives to preserve the historic remains by incorporating authentic and natural materials to create a beautiful aesthetic. Each room is elegantly designed with natural textures, which ties in perfectly with the surrounding views of the Atacama desert and Licancabur Volcano. In addition, if you are traveling as a family, this boutique provides a Family Room which comfortably accommodates 6 people and includes a master bedroom with a private bathroom, two rooms with two sets of twin beds and their own bathrooms, and terrace overlooking the hotel gardens.

Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa

Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa is the only lodge in the San Pedro region to be completely surrounded by majestic mountains. Its design was influenced by the architecture of the local community and the terracotta-colored mountain ridge. Thus, creating a seamless and tranquil space where guests can enjoy an “Andesescape”. Alto Atacama offers three different accommodations: Suite Tilo, Standard Catarpe, and Quitor. The Suite Tilo offers ten 770 sq. ft., making it an ideal space for families and offering quiet views of the lagoon and the Catarpe Valley. Meanwhile, there are 27 of the Standard Catarpe rooms measuring 550 sq. ft, offering a private terrace, views of the Cordillera de la Sal Range and the Catarpe Valley. If you prefer to stay close to the common areas, we recommend staying in one of the 5 Quitor rooms, these still provide the same room size as the previous but offer different views of the hotel and its surroundings.

Ready to explore the landscapes of the Atacama Desert?  At Alluring Americas, we can help make this your next travel destination. For more information, please contact our Alluring Americas Destination Specialists at 800-701-4278 or email us!

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