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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 591 Reviews
Stupendous holidays.
Reviewed 14 hours ago

If you want one of a lifetime experiences do not hesitate to go to Awasi Atacama. The best ever personalized and unique excursions. Colossal and stunning landscapes. Superb guides. Extraordinary service. Superlative eating experience. You will not regret. Worth every cent.

Outstanding service, Outstanding place
Reviewed 1 day ago

Rooms, service, activities, food, every aspect exceed our expectations, thinking at first that 3 nights are too much for a dessert, we really get surprised with a fantastic and plenty of surprises destination, that combined with the AWASI HOSPITALITY combined for an unforgettable holidays.

A fantastic retreat after the bolivian altiplano
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived at the Awasi from the Bolivian Altiplano having travelled from La Paz via the Uyuni Salt Flats and the Siloli and Dali Deserts. It was like arriving at an oasis. The warm greeting, the wonderful room, the extremely friendly staff all added up to a sigh of relief and warm charm. After a wonderful lunch we met our guide for the next two days and we planned those two days. We spend the rest of the day relaxing and walking around San Pedro

The hotel, the delicately appointed and wonderfully decorated accommodation, the friendly warmth of the staff all reminded me of the Lodges which Phinda runs in South Africa. The meals were wonderful and the wine list carefully chosen and innovative. It was very clear to both of us that the staff talked amongst themselves about our preferences, likes and dislikes and they were extremely attentive and considerate, taking all our comments into account - whether at breakfast at 0800, lunch or dinner.

The real challenge at Awasi is tearing yourself away. There are many wonderful activities and excursions that the guide will take you on, and we found ourselves conflicted between wanting to stay and relax in the hotel and going on excursions. We consistently chose the latter, but it was not an easy choice.

Therefore, if anything I would advise staying there for 3 or four full days at least and leaving one to enjoy the pool at the Awasi, walk around San Pedro and have a superb relaxing lunch at the hotel.

I would like to thank Barbara Pettigrew, the manager, Marco, our guide, the restaurant staff and the sommelier/barman and all the staff for making our stay unforgettable…and the sommelier/barman for his great cocktails and impeccable wine list!!!

Stress-Free Vacation
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I travel every year to a new place. This year, we chose Atacama and Iguazu. Through searching online and reading the reviews, we ended up booking at the Awasi for both places. The places are wonderful and the reviews speak for themselves. What I would like to highlight though is the stress-free nature of the trip. When travelling outside of the city into these beautiful areas, the choices of activities are endless. Do you want to relax? Sight see by car? Hike? Bike? And the list can go on…

What I loved about our trip is that the hotel took the planning out of our hands but not the decision-making. The guides, Coti and Sebastien, were wonderful at asking us questions and then offering up some suggestions. The whole planning process takes less than a glass of wine and we couldn’t have been happier. We were able to enjoy the flora and fauna along with the amazing landscape without every having to think about what we are doing next or where are we going to eat. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and were able to answer questions as well as the restaurant allowed us to try all the local cuisine.

I highly recommend the Awasi for couples that are looking for a unique experience that allows you to enjoy your vacation to the fullest without the stress that travel can bring. We loved our stay and will return to their other property in Patagonia in the near future.

Completely unbelievable
Reviewed 1 month ago

Firstly, I would like to say we were most delighted with our stay at Awasi!

I was so impressed by the high level of attention to detail. Restocking of the mini-fridge, the daily gifts/notes and even cleaning my boots after a dirty hike; I was blown away!

The hotel itself was incredibly beautiful and well designed. The dining, chill-out and pool area were well thought through.

The dining experience... wow.
The cook was an absolute master and we were incredibly amazed by the flavours of each dish. The food mixed with the stellar drinks by Diego and Felipe were outstanding. The other service staff were simply fantastic too!

Big shout-out to Ray and Sebastien for the incredible excursions. They were so down-to-earth and personable, yet professional and so accommodating. Honestly, they were both 10/10 guides and anyone would be lucky to have either of them.

Highly recommend!