What We Love
- Guests get their own guide and 4x4
- Each villa has a private hot tub and wood-burning stove
- Opening the blackout curtains in the morning to jaw-dropping mountain views
What To Know
- WiFi is unreliable (due to isolation)
- Minimum stay is three nights
- Rates are all-inclusive (there's nothing else nearby)
All-villa Relais & Chateaux property on a private reserve in the Chilean wilderness, with private hot tubs and jaw-dropping views
Coming to Awasi is a commitment—not only is there a three-night minimum stay, but you’ll also need to be fully committed to going without good WiFi to upload your stunning photos on an hourly basis. Instagram likes will have to wait until you get back, but it’s worth it. These 12 villas, made from local lenga wood and scattered far enough apart that you’ll feel like you’re alone in nature, are exquisitely comfortable on the inside, with spacious living areas adorned with sheepskin rugs, but the scenery here steals the show every time. Patagonia’s snow-capped Torres del Paine mountains just beyond, the trees bending in the breeze, the guanaco (similar to llama) grazing in the distance—this is one of the most beautiful places on earth. There are plenty of excursions available (see below) and you’ll return from a day of trekking in time for a gourmet dinner, a few glasses of Chilean wine, and a dip in the outdoor hot tub under the stars.
In the Area
Part of Awasi’s attraction is its isolation. Villas are widely spaced, there are no other resorts or hotels in sight, and it’s on a private reserve, so the only people you’ll see are other guests and the hotel staff. While you could easily while away a week lounging around the hotel enjoying the hot tub and exclaiming about the scenery, it’s more tempting to get out and explore the incredible natural beauty that surrounds you; plus, you’ll probably see some spectacular South American wildlife. Awasi arranges 4×4 excursions, hiking trips, horseback riding, mountain biking and late-night stargazing expeditions, but you’re free to do as much—or as little—as you like.
How to Get There
We packed up our cold weather gear, rain suits and headed off to Awasi Hotel in windy cold Patagonia. Upon arrival we found out the temperature would be sunny and 85-90 degrees everyday we were there.
Diego was our guide, he was very helpful and knowledgeable. We like to walk but are not major hikers and he tailored the trips for our skill level. We especially liked the horse riding.
The food and drink were top notch.The kitchen staff met with my wife on a daily basis and chose menu items and special meals for her. The staff really makes you feel special.
A couple of suggestions I would make is provide the guides with hiking poles. My wife found them most helpful but had to borrow the Guide's personal ones.Also a small deck outside the cabins with chairs would have been nice to sit out and enjoy the evening.
Money of course has to be no object but once there the facilities, food and personalized service are beyond compare. We were thrust upon the staff by rain in Atacama and they could not have been more helpful to assist us in redesigning our Chilean arrangements. Highlights for us were the wood fired hot tub and the exquisite views from the property, plus our excellent guide who showed us just about every corner of the area which seventy year olds can enjoy. There can’t be a better way to experience Torrey Del Paine and the estancias and terrain around it.
Awasi and Patagonia come together to offer an experience that is so powerful that it is transformative in nature and almost spiritual. Patagonia itself is so raw and pristine that it provides jaw dropping landscapes and the thrill of ever changing weather.
The hotel facilities are amazing but I would really like to thank the staff at Awasi for the experience we had. Whether it was our guides such as JP and Antonio always willing us to take us and accommodate the varying physical fitness of our group or the restaurant staff such as Marcelo who would bring us extra main courses after our 10+ mile hikes. The staff made our trip and allowed us to feel completely free, free to push ourselves, experience Patagonia, and to reflect on what had brought us there and where we are going.
For those who are planning a trip, I would say your imagination is your limit. Some thoughts:
Awasi will accommodate most excursions including marathons. Think of whether you want to do excursions outside of the menu.
For those who are vegetarian/vegan, Awasi has a five day rotating menu with options but it is really up to you do dream up things you want to try. They have great chefs. I saw many people though settling for pizza.
Request the gnocchi. It is one of the best rotating options and save some for your guide.
We felt welcome on arrival with a personal greeting and tour of the facility from Pawel, the GM. Meals each day were great though the selections at dinner were very limited - usually two pastas and a local specialty were the choices. Pablo, the sommelier was very enthusiatic about his wines. The rooms were spacious and comfortable, if not a bit too warm. The biggest asset of the hotel was their private guides - ours was Carola who took care of our every need from cold beer in the room post-hike to arranging for the hot tub each night when conditions were favorable. Just a fabulous experience!
The views are lovely but be warned it is a long way to go to any activity - other than riding nearby. The rooms were very comfortable and I am sure if you liked the food that it is very good. I prefer simpler plainer food but others don't. Catarina at the front desk and Marina in the dining room stood out as amongst the best staff I have ever encountered anywhere in the world. But without them I wonder if I would have been as happy. Probably not.