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
Every day is a great adventure with your own guide who has tailored the day to meet your request.Awasi has sole access to Estancias beyond the National Park which offer a diverse range of experiences.Our guide Mat,was knowledgeable,experienced and caring and passionate about the environment and Puma welfare.The lodges,staff,food and beverages were outstanding.Pablo is an amazing sommelier who took us on a wine tasting of Chilean wines,matching the fine dining experience.A trip of a lifetime!
To now, the Singita lodges in South Africa have been the standard by which we compared all others. Awasi is at that level. There are certain things you come to expect when you are paying these prices. Awasi checked off all the boxes. It is a three hour flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas. During the summer months, there are flights available and a good choice since it is a long boring drive. But in October, the long drive from Punta Arenas to Punta Navares is the only option. But then, we were going to the end of the earth. It was expected and worth it.
Our driver Gustavo drove us to Punta Natales (about 3 hours) where we met our Guide Nicholas (Nico) from Awasi at a charming cafe called Kau. The drive from Punta Natales was more scenic, but it is obvious that you are in the middle of nowhere and that was the idea.
On these adventures, your guide can make or break the experience and Nico was fabulous. Extremely well traveled, well spoken and knowledgeable, every minute was a joy. They cater to your every need and go out of their way to make sure you have the best possible experience. The weather was cold, cloudy and windy the first three days, but he knew where to go for great photos and better conditions. It was one postcard shot after another.
The staff at the lodge was outstanding as well. The food was excellent, bartenders David and Omar great fun. They even put together an impromptu Pisco Sour class. The manager Fernando had previously worked for Seaborne and it showed in the quality of service.
There is no cell service at the property, nor TV, but they have wifi at the lodge, so you are pretty much off the grid the whole time, although the guides do have radios and a GPS Satellite locator beacon for emergencies.
If you have the stomach for a back country off road experience, Awasi Patagonia is a great adventure.
I've stayed in many Relais & Chateaux hotels around the world, however Awasi Patagonia stands out this may well be my favourite hotel in the world.
Awasi is a very special experience that is unique. Hospitality here is exceptional, food delicious, spectacular views coincided with amazing architecture, incredible adventures and the amazing hot tubs deserve a mention!
We stayed four nights we spotted a puma with cubs near by the hotel with our amazing guide. I cannot recommend Awasi highly enough, a huge congratulations and big thanks to all the team for creating something truly unique and exceptional. I hope to return again!