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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 645 Reviews
Best all-inclusive service I have ever experienced.
Reviewed 7 days ago

The food, service, guides and destinations were amazing. We only scratched the surface that the area offers in 5 days. We will definitely return. Anything you could ask for was provided with alacrity and a smile; I drank included single malt every night. At first blush Awasi looks a bit rustic, but it is a facade for an upscale hotel. Our room had plenty of privacy, outdoor shower and both sunny and shaded outdoor hangouts; A/C and ceiling fan maximized comfort in the desert.

Awasi & Claudio: A perfect Match!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and were lucky enough to stay at the Awasi Atacama recently. What you read in the reviews are accurate. A magical place with Superstars taking excellent care of you! On a personal note, due to an American Airlines flight cancellation from DFW to Santiago: We arrived at the Calama airport at 2:20 AM. There waiting for us was a smiling Claudio from Awasi. Despite the late hour, he spent the drive telling the activities we could expect. And to top it off, Valentina had prepared a dinner for dupes in the room! (WOW!). The next three days of excursions with Claudio were exceptional: Each one geared to our interests, and activity level. We can’t thank Claudio enough, as he became more like a friend to us versus tour guide. He made our visit to Awasi, a special experience! The reminder of the staff couldn't Have been nicer as Valentina, Pedro, and Max took excellent care of us at Awasi. Make sure you include Awasi on your list of places to see: You won’t be disappointed.

Should Be On Your Bucket List
Reviewed 1 month ago

I am rarely at a loss for words in describing resorts. However, no superlatives could describe the truly memorable experience we spent here. We traveled here with family booking suites across from each other. Prior to our arrival, I filled out a questionnaire about our preferences regarding food and adventure options. Prior to arrival, the staff had already made some preliminary recommendations. The food was tailored to our restrictions. We all felt that we were dining at a Michelin starred restaurant at every meal. Extraordinarily thoughtful and competent hotel staff and guides. Too many options to count for daily expeditions and the ones we chose we will never forget. On our last day, we didn’t have time to return to the resort prior to our departure and as an alternative, the guide Nico, made us sandwiches to take on the plane. Enough said. The best adventure resort that we have ever visited.

oasis in the desert
Reviewed 1 month ago

This place is located in a nice quiet area in San Pedro in the Atacama.
The food is incredible, the staff amazing, the rooms fantastic. We would definitely go back to stay if we went back to the desert.
I would request our guide, Claudio again as well. When you stay there you have the same guide the whole time so you get to learn about each other. My husband and I found him to be knowledgeable and easy going. It was a fantastic time.
Lisa and Steve

A fantastic experience in the desert
Reviewed 1 month ago

From our first interaction with Diego in the reservation department to being picked up at Calama airport the Awasi team excelled. This VIP treatment continued until we left on a bus to Argentina very early on our last day.
Macaraina, our fantastic guide, organized our days according to our personal preferences and she seemed to be intuitive of our likes and dislikes. Cycling to the salt lakes, visiting the geysers at a time when the crowds had left, mountain biking through the most incredible gorges, wildlife viewing and descending giant sand dunes were just a few of the activities she arranged faultlessly. Nothing was too much trouble.
The lodge itself is beautiful and in perfect harmony with the local area. It has character and style. The room was delightful and we really enjoyed having both an indoor and outdoor shower. The humidifier was a real bonus in the room as it ensures restful sleep in the very dry atmosphere. The refreshing swimming pool was a life saver after a morning of activities and there were plenty of places for resting both for sun worshipers and shade lovers. It almost seemed a pity to leave the peaceful atmosphere of the lodge during the day.
Every member of staff was excellent, the food was delicious, innovative and beautifully presented. We thoroughly enjoyed tasting many of the lovely Chilean wines with the very informative explanations from Felipe. Felipe is a fantastic sommelier who went to the trouble of listing all the wines we drank during our stay. We really noticed the difference on his day off - the wine service was much slower and more frugal.
I seemed to have run out of superlatives so will finish by saying that if you are considering a stay here - get on and book. It seems expensive but we felt it money well spent.
Thank you Diego, Macaraina, Carlos, Felipe and everyone else at Awasi.