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What We Love

  • Tasty fusion fare made with local ingredients
  • Down-to-earth but downright luxe design
  • Simple pleasures: bonfires and a star-sprinkled southern sky at night
  • Privately guided excursions to otherwise mobbed attractions
  • Divine toiletries with ingredients from the desert and oasis

What To Know

  • At 8,038 feet, altitude sickness is a consideration
  • No views from the rooms or suites
  • The property is small, and the must-socialize factor high
  • You’ll have to forgo those laps — the pool is tiny
  • Rooms and public spaces are not air conditioned
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Overview

The Review

Getting to Chile’s Atacama Desert involves quite a trek, so you may as well do it right. Behind ancient walls at the edge of San Pedro de Atacama (the kicking-off point for adventures in the arid desert), Awasi is an eight-room oasis-within-an-oasis for travelers who like high-style comforts as much as an off-the-beaten-path adventure.

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The rectangular or circular adobe homes have pitched thatch roofs and interiors done up in earthy browns, beiges, creams and greens. In the bathroom, the wonderfully fragrant toiletries showcase local pica lemon, and while I don’t typically get excited over pumice stones, Awasi’s are worth a mention; they’re extracted from ancient lava flows of the nearby Lascar volcano.

Although sampling a few pisco sours is encouraged here, this isn’t a place for cocktails-by-the-pool. Instead, you’ll want to pull on your hiking books and get out to the desert on guided 4X4 Jeep tours. The selection of private excursions and activities is Awasi’s strong suit, and since Atacama’s attractions are always mobbed, it’s a boon to have a private guide to show you the desert treasures away from tourist hordes. In fact, this in itself makes Awasi’s all-inclusive price tag worth every peso.

And then there’s mealtime. Food isn’t San Pedro’s forte, but at Awasi each meal is a feast. My highlight was a starter of quinoa tabouleh with marinated goat cheese, followed by homemade fettuccine with shrimp and artichokes in a creamy sauce of local rica rica plant. The use of local ingredients and simple flavors nod to an appreciation of place that’s at the heart of Awasi’s charm.

How to Get There

Awasi Atacama
Tocopilla 4
San Pedro de Atacama, 00000 Chile

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 635 Reviews
Superbly professional operation
Reviewed 1 week ago

For reasons too complicated for here, we found ourselves in San Pedro during the devastating rains of early February. There were no tours being permitted anywhere in the area, so the staff overdid themselves to provide entertainment—cooking class, massages, almost a wine tasting (the sommelier couldn’t get in), a tasting menu just for us, and they provided us with mountain bikes to ride through the puddles for some exercise. They helped us change our plans as we became the only guests in the hotel and we felt completely supported and not the nuisance which we probably were at that point. I am sure that it is a divine place to stay under better circumstances but we appreciated the few hours we spent to enjoy a beautiful room, superior food and extremely professional management. Photos are of conditions in the area while we were there.

An absolutely wonderful experience
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hotel is the epitome of excellence from start to finish. The level of service from every aspect of this hotel is superb. The rooms, the staff, the food and the personal guide and driver are all of the highest order and being a very small intimate hotel everything is personalised. We stayed five nights here and loved it. What we particularly liked was that every member of staff was prepared to go the extra mile to ensure we had a truly wonderful stay. We often find that guides particular have their fixed timetables. Not so Claudio who was just superb, nothing and nowhere was too much trouble for him. We carefully planned our days with him and the team leader and not a thing was missed with a few others thrown in, including a spectacular sunset. Thank you, a really wonderful start to our holiday.

The best ever oasis in the Atacama desert
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having spent a wonderful week in the Awasi Patagonia early in 2018 and a likewise great (much too short) stay in the Awasi Iguacu, this January it was the the resort in San Pedro which provides us (my wife me) with the perfect combination of an extremely well managed (though still very very relaxed) small luxury resort in the desert and a host of activities which allowed us to fully enjoy the wondrous landscape surrounding San Pedro.

As in the 2 other Awasi properties, the all-in / tailor made philosophy works to perfection. From being received by everybody like a long lost family member, to the initial discussion with our guide (Raimundo / totally recommended!) on what we should do during our stay, to all the wonderful & food & drink, the excursions themselves, the conversations with all the staff and other guests and the time we just hung out in the vast garden, there was simply nothing to improve upon.

Of course such a resort can only operate at this level if one is ready to accept the fact that a service of this quality can not come cheap. My advice: forget about the cost, stay as long as you can and enjoy being in a special place with special people caring for you in a special manner, all of which will only make you feel sad when you finally have to leave.

Outstanding hospitality!
Reviewed 1 month ago

Our family stayed at Awasi at the end of our 4 week holiday which included Valparaiso, Santiago, Antarctica, Torres del Paine and finally San Pedro. The level of hospitality at Awasi was by far the best experience on our holiday.

The food and wine was incredible. The staff were endearing, polite, funny, knowledgable and just all round great people - special mention to Felipe and Brian in the hotel and our FANTASTIC GUIDES Carlos and Jota. Our guides crafted our daily excursions to meet the various needs of our party seamlessly. Cant recommend this place enough!! Big love the Banks Family!!

Miss
Reviewed 1 month ago

Great location and Great Cuisine and Restaurant staff.

Great property very comfortable and stylish.

Do not get taken in by you have exclusive use of guide and driver...you are limited by their excursion programmes...for example as a visit to the the town they class as a half day tour...this visit takes an hour...etc etc..

I wanted to do another excursion to Luna Valley later on in the day and was told I had already had my full day excursion and therefore no guides were available later on.

No attempt was made to help me get a guide from outside by the inexperienced managers who lacked commercial sense in how to help a client.

Very poor service by the managers for Relais and Chateaux Property.

I did find a guide my self and paid an extra 200 Us dollars for an excursion to Cejar Lagoon Tenquiche lagoon and Sunset at Luna Valley.

I would recommend book another hotel of this standard and book your own private excursions for the same amount charged by this hotel.