What We Love
- Unique accommodations — seven domes with the perfect layout for stargazing
- Nighttime horseback rides, astronomy lectures and amateur telescopes provide outstanding opportunities for viewing the starry skies
- Ideal for families with the wide range of activities, swimming pool and the fun of sleeping in a dome
- Friendly, helpful staff
- Short walk to the Los Nichos pisco distillery
- Year-round warm and sunny weather
What To Know
- Domes can get stuffy and hot during the day and chilly at night; however, there’s an electric heater and a warm duvet
- Guests must carry their own luggage up a steep pitch of dirt stairs to their dome
- Domes are very close to one another, so there isn’t much privacy
- WiFi and cell service is spotty, but most visitors are happy to be released from urban distractions
- The property is located two miles from town, and taxis are available, but most visitors prefer the freedom of rental vehicles
- It is best to visit three to four days before or after a new moon for a better view of the stars
- The pool is closed in the winter
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Everything about the Elqui Domos is configured to bring you closer to the stars (the ones in the sky, not on TV). And for good reason: The hotel is located in the heart of the Elqui Valley, in Chile’s “Norte Chico” region, known for its crystal-clear skies. It’s two miles from the nearest village, so there’s almost no light pollution to keep you from the nightly sparkling show above.
You’ll see the sky from the glass-enclosed restaurant, the enormous domed lounge, the swimming pool and the seven identical white geodesic domes on platforms that descend a steep, wooded slope. There is also a full range of starry activities, from evening horseback rides and astronomy lectures to lessons in the amateur observatory with a variety of high-quality telescopes.
The split-level domes are spacious, with semi-sunken living areas and loft beds, and can sleep up to four people. Be sure to call dibs on the upper loft bed, where you can unzip and detach the roof and cuddle under your marshmallowy duvet while watching the twinkling lights above.
City slickers take note: Elqui Domos definitely falls closer to glamping than a relaxing stay in a luxury hotel. The function-over-form decor consists of simple wood furniture, muted colors and small throw rugs. But for outdoors fanatics who want their creature comforts, it’s a perfect fit. And the Elqui Valley’s Zenlike aura adds a healing element to your stay. Consider booking a meditation or Reiki session. Then sit back, relax and take in the heavens.
How to Get There
This hotel is on the outskirts of town and in a great area for viewing the night sky. We stayed in a cabin (there are domes also) with a glass roof for all night star gazing. The cabin was well designed, though it needed some "freshening up". Our hosts arranged Rekki and a session at the on-sight observatory, both of which we enjoyed immensely. The steps to walk up the hillside to our cabin were quite steep. Not recommended for anyone with hip or knee problems.
Really relaxed place, with stunning views and great rooms (we stayed in a cabin, rather than a dome). The staff were all incredibly helpful and the meals were fantastic - and big! Make sure you do the anstronomical tour; so many stars! The only minor downside would be that the pool is quite cold.
A word of advice: if you get the bus from La Sarena, don't leave you bags unattended in the back of the bus. We had one of ours stolen while waiting at the terminal.
We stayed in a dome for one night! We loved being able to sleep under the stars. We did an astronomy tour which was great and informative (just on the property with the telescopes). The pool was cold but nice to sit beside. I had a massage in the morning which was SO relaxing. The staff were so helpful as well.
Internet is not great (silly point in know when you’re on a relaxing trip but we were trying to stay connected with family abroad). The restaurant sadly was not open. As well, would be even more amazing if they were able to capture some long exposure photos to give to you, that would have been amazing!!!
This is a unique hotel situated in the peaceful and beautiful Elqui Valley. The rooms are in these cool domes that open up so you can watch the stars at night from your bed. The hotel is authentic and clean with a nice breakfast and a helpful concierge to help you plan activities. Would definitely stay again.
The loud music started at about 2 PM las night and lasted until 9 AM, so the party went all nigh long. When i went down stairs (40 steps on first dome, maybe 200 steps to upper domes) the guy told me it was not his problem!
So a full nigh of none sleeping and that beautiful answer.
The place is expensive and can not deliver that kind of standard to their guests
Sebastian the new administrator is a nice guy and apologize and all. He said he is trying to "change things" around...well lets hope for that eh?