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
I traveled here in over the holidays in 2014/2015, but it still sticks in my mind as one of the most spectacular hotels I have ever stayed in!
Awasi is a beautiful hotel with stunning views from every window to the east of the Torres de Paine looking at the Towers. There are only twelve very comfortable "villas" each with beautiful views of the mountains and a private wood-fired hot tub (which was very fun, but often too hot to actually get into).
Awasi as a brand is known for its personalization of activities with private guides and delicious food (which doesn't make for the most social group of people, but oh well). The buildings look like very nice wooden shipping containers.
Each dinner was fun and fussy multicourse meal. Which my family loved, but may not be for everyone.
Hiking was beautiful and lunches included were amazing: a hot soup (that was consistently delicious and wonderfully warm), a sandwich, trail mix, cookies/muffins, chocolate bars, apples or dessert, and Handpresso espresso made to order (which is game-changing). Only complaint is that any major hike was over an hour drive each way.
Amazing AMAZING hotel where you get all the amenities of a 5 star hotel in a super-duper remote spot.
Awasi Patagonia delivers authentic, custom-tailored no-fuss luxury at what I think is the most beautiful and remote region of the world, Patagonia. I had an absolutely wonderful experience and want to thank the entire staff for their personalized service, attention to detail, friendliness, warmth and professionalism. The food is amazing inspired by local ingredients, beautifully plated and delicious. The location is simply mind-blowing, with views of the sweeping Patagonian steppe, the turquoise Lake Sarmiento and the 'torres' del Paine. I was there in autumn so the trees were all shades of red, orange and yellow it was incredible. The private villas are like a classy take on a gaucho outpost, with impeccable taste in design and all the comforts to take the edge of the rustic wilderness in which I spent my days exploring. I loved coming home to my own private luxury outpost to relax, unwind or just gaze out the window and be inspired by the vastness of Patagonia. My guide, Eduardo, was phenomenal. I felt like I learned so much from him about the flora and fauna and about photography too as he is an excellent and passionate photographer and biologist. Having expressed my interest in wildlife, he even took me for a special dawn 'safari' to see pumas!
Awasi is so much more than a hotel, it is truly an experience of a lifetime.
Awasi Patagonia provided a fabulous, personalised experience for our family of three, so I was very happy we had made this choice. However, I should say upfront that this place would not be the most suitable choice for everyone, so it depends what you are looking for.
The most important factor for us was to choose a place that could provide a truly custom-made experience, avoiding tour groups and crowds, responding to our individual interests. That's what Awasi Patagonia is able to provide. Each afternoon, our guide, Cristobal (Cris) would sit down with us at the maps table and we would discuss the options for the next day, in the context of weather forecasts (which can be very different for each of the sectors within easy driving distance and changeable throughout the day). Cris was knowledgeable and patient, with a great sense of humour. Having said that, all of the guides employed by Awasi are good at what they do; Awasi has very high standards when it employs people and also works hard to train its staff. Awasi also asks beforehand about your special interests and tries to match guides accordingly. So, you can't go wrong.
Awasi Patagonia is located outside the national park. For us, that was a significant advantage. The park can get very crowded; it is often in cloud when Awasi and nearby private properties are clear of clouds; wildlife is affected by the crowds inside the park; and Awasi is closer to some amazing private properties that offer a very special experience. We chose to spend about half our time inside the park and half outside. Like many other reviewers, we would have to say that our favourite experiences were probably the ones outside the park, particularly hiking to Salto Las Chinas at Estancia Gemita (next door to Awasi on one side) with views over Laguna Azul; horseriding at Estancia Tercera (next door to Awasi on the downhill side); and the hike to Laguna Rhodas at Estancia las Cumbres in the Sierra Baguales (about an hour from Awasi).
We saw plenty of wildlife on these excursions, not that we were looking for anything in particular. Note that Awasi has established a Puma Foundation. If you happen to be very enthusiastic about getting up before dawn, Awasi can find a puma or two for you to see in the wild on a nearby estancia.
Speaking of dawn, you do get the classic golden view of the towers from the balcony of the restaurant, on a clear day. We visited in March/April, so we did not need to get up particularly early to see the amazing dawn views. Autumn is also a very special time to see Southern Patagonia, with the fall colours, and somewhat reduced crowds in the park.
We really enjoyed the food (and drinks) at Awasi. My favourite was the picnic lunches. If you have a full-day excursion somewhere that does not necessitate carrying backpacks, but rather you will be having lunch not far from the vehicle, they do put on a wonderful spread. Although the dinners are upmarket, there are always some simple choices available if you are not in the mood for something complicated. If you are interested in cocktails, the bar staff are very inventive.
I would describe the style of the cabins as minimalist rustic chic, that is, comfortable but not aiming to reproduce something urban in the middle of the wilderness. We did not actually spend much time in our cabin, apart from sleeping. Some of the cabins (including ours) are quite a hike from the dining room. It is possible to arrange a driver to and from the dining room, but I think if I stayed again, I would choose one of the closer cabins.
When leaving on an excursion each morning (or the evening before), you can either arrange a hot tub or massage appointment (or both) to relax after the excursion. We did one or other each day. The massages were very good and included as part of the package, so highly recommended.
Laundry service is free. Being so remote, the service is not same-day, so you need to plan ahead a bit. We used the laundry service every day except our last day. You have to assume your clothes may get muddy in Patagonia, so don't try to pack too light.
We found the management of Awasi Patagonia very friendly, good humoured, efficient and kind. I love it when the management style is intelligent, with a sense of humour, rather than bland and obsequious. I found any time I had some special favour to ask, really I had only to ask.
Having looked at a couple of reviews of Awasi Patagonia from guests who expressed disappointment, could I suggest that it is worth doing your research properly beforehand when making a choice where to stay. If you are someone whose priority is to be inside the park, who enjoys being in a tour group, does not mind crowds, wants a fairly standard style of room and amenities that could be found in places anywhere else, does not want to pay top-dollar, prefers an obsequious style of management and service, or is not interested in inventive food or drinks, there are options available in Southern Patagonia to match your tastes. We were very glad to find that Awasi Patagonia was not that kind of place!
Other reviewers have already said enough about the property, location and area. It is that and so much more. We stayed at Awasi as a couple for 6 nights and cannot say enough good things about the staff, attention to detail and caring for guests. Our guide was JP and he understood exactly what we wanted from our visit and ensured that we got exactly that. He made our trip, truly memorable. We were so tired from all the hiking, that we almost cancelled our trip to El Chalten/El Calafate but Marina convinced us that it was a place not to be missed. We were so glad that we listened to her. Although April is supposed to be low season, the Fall colours of the Lenga trees were spectacular. In our opinion, the colours rival some of the best of northeastern US and Eastern Canada. They made the location so much more spectacular. We would highly suggest visiting in early April for the colours and fewer visitors. The weather was fair and cool (4-12C) but much calmer than the stories that we have heard about warm and crazy winds in Jan/Feb.
If you’re looking for an oasis of calm, truly off the beaten path, this is a splendid place to find it. The view from the enormous windows of the villas or the main lodge is just breathtaking – snow-capped mountains looming over a landscape of seemingly endless plains. The villas are built along a hillside, just at the tree line, and are well laid out with a small mudroom for changing into and out of outdoor gear, a sitting area, sleeping area and large bathroom. You could easily spend hours just gazing out of the window, watching the guanacos in the field below, which is also visited by grey foxes and birds of prey. The main lodge has good-sized reading room with maps and books, including some interesting material on the indigenous peoples of the area.
The food was outstanding and the serving staff was delightful. The menus are creative and they make an effort to incorporate local foods so you can try some traditional Chilean dishes. Each dinner featured a unique welcome drink, an amuse bouche, appetizer, main dish, dessert and petit four. It sounds like a lot but servings are reasonably sized so that you can actually enjoy it all. Wines are matched to the menus with a good variety.
All of the staff were pleasant, professional and engaging. There is just the right balance of excellent service with friendliness and easy conversation.
My guide, Carola, went to great lengths to make sure that I was able to see a puma. She was knowledgeable about the flora and fauna as well as the geology of the area and it was a great pleasure to learn from her. There are excursions for every energy level so whether you’re in the mood for strenuous hiking or a leisurely photo safari, you can find something suitable. Because you have your own guide and vehicle, you do truly have a customized experience. As you visit various parts of Torres del Paine National Park, or other areas outside the park, you get an appreciation for the variety of landscape that exist in the area.
It’s a wonderful place to escape from the long arm of 21st century reality and to restore a sense of wonder and calm in your life. Don’t miss out on Awasi Patagonia.