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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

Awasi Atacama experience
Rando_100

An unbelievable experience at Awasi Atacama. 10/10. From the pickup at Calama, outstanding accommodation, superb cuisine, fantastic tours, beautiful staff - this was a trip of a lifetime. Attention to detail was amazing. The geography is remarkably diverse and with your personal guide and vehicle, the whole region can be explored. From a bike ride to salt lakes, multiple treks, geysers, natural hot springs, diverse flora and fauna, this experience is well worth considering. Special thanks to our sensational guide Marco - an absolute gem with great enthusiasm and knowledge. The cuisine was something to behold, made more special by the great personalities of the senior staff, particularly Paula and Catalina. Our sommelier, Gabriela, was an absolute delight. Her knowledge of wine was remarkable and endearing personality made evening meals thoroughly enjoyable. Thanks also to Christian, Angel, Max, Carlos, Erika and Naomi for their expert service. The managerial staff, Nicholas and Brian, are to be commended on their attentiveness. We look forward to visiting the othe Awasi resorts in South America. You will not be disappointed.

Randall

Desert Fun and Adventure in Friendly Luxury
loveytexas2

Not knowing what to expect, but of course the name Relais—the experience was more...much more. It was a unique resort in the desert of San Pedro with luxurious hut accommodations. The staff were very well trained but kept their boundaries. The expeditions snd choice of expeditions were varied and well led with your private guide. A must for those who feel they have traveled the world and also enjoy some exercise.

Absolut amazing stay at Awasi Atacama!
Jeron0

After coming from a four week journey through Bolivia my husband and I stayed five nights at Awasi Atacama and it was unbelievable beautiful!! The whole staff was super friendly and we experienced a complete paradise in the middle of San Pedro de Atacama!! We had a private guide (Christian) who really looked great after us and the whole stay was perfectly tailor-made. I myself was ill (from Bolivia) the first days and I got a variety of helpful teas and special food from the staff. They really helped me recovering. We enjoyed every second and could really recommend Awasi Atacama. It's worth it!!