Luxury hotels in Patagonia are your chance to be pampered in the land of the pampas. Under the gaze of craggy peaks and snow-dashed glaciers, these are the accommodation options that offer the height of service and charm. They’re the places that’ll have you soaking in a hot tub while gazing at the needles of the Torres del Paine; the ones with swimming pools before the whale-splashing sounds of the Magellan Strait.
Tempted? Of course you are! That’s why we’ve put together this list. It offers a glimpse at just nine of the chicest, coolest, downright opulent spots to stay in the frontiers of Patagonia. It’s laden with outdoor Jacuzzis, sizzling saunas and more jaw-dropping window views than you can shake your thermals at.
Let’s get started…
Awasi Patagonia is a resort with a difference. Rooms are spread over 14 private villas on the windblown hillsides of Chilean Patagonia. They peek out between clusters of beautiful beech trees and gaze straight across the valley towards the jagged spires of the Torres del Paine National Park. Talk about getting away from it all!
The outside veneer is very much the Scandi hunter’s cabin. The lodges are clad in weathered wood and have smoking chimneys poking overhead. Inside, it’s a different story. Each property oozes a sumptuous Alpine style that will whisk you away to the chic world of Megeve or St Moritz. Walled in timbers and warmed by crackling stoves, they open onto 180-degree views of the snow-capped mountains in the distance.
And it doesn’t end there. Each cabin enjoys access to its own wood-fired hot tub, which sits out in the untamed Patagonian countryside. The onsite gastronomy also marks Awasi out as unquestionably one of the top luxury hotels in Patagonia – expect ground-to-table foods inspired by the South American seasons, all cooked by master chef, Matías Crosta.
Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa
Blink and you’ll miss the Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa. A mass of pale timber and slender architectural curves, it seems to rise almost organically from the low plains of Chilean Patagonia. The subtle touches continue inside, with understated minimalism running through spacious suites and communal areas. Simple but sumptuous, the luxury is palpable in this palace on the pampas.
View wise, you’ll have front-row seats overlooking the mighty summits of the Torres del Paine. Notice how every window in every room has been perfectly arranged to maximise the outlook and shift attention to the great nature show that’s forever going on outdoors. It’s all part of the experience; blending, mingling and merging with the wilderness swirling around Tierra.
To crank up the R&R even more, you’ve got the spa aspect of Tierra Patagonia. Set in a timber-lined lodge with floor-to-ceiling windows, it boasts and infinity pool that seems to spill out onto the prairie. There are also multiple hot tubs and massage rooms for those post-trek deep-tissue sessions.
Llao Llao Hotel
The Llao Llao is the first of the luxury hotels in Patagonia on this list to whisk us away to the wonderland that is Argentinian Patagonia. Clutching a lush hillside in the midst of San Carlos de Bariloche like something out of the Swiss Alps, it’s a fantastic base for skiing, hiking, or simply escaping the rat race.
Perhaps you’ll start with a swim in the sprawling indoor-outdoor pool. It’s just one part of the massive on-site health club, which also comes with pine-scented saunas and bubbling Jacuzzi baths. Alternatively, you could hit the resort’s very own golf club. It’s got 18 holes that undulate over the soft contours of the Nahuel Huapi National Park, while snow-mantled peaks rise like monsters in the background.
The room choice ranges from the cosy standard to the opulent Presidential Suite. However, those looking for something extra special can plump for the standalone Moreno Lake Cabin. It’s a two-bed, two-bath property that offers real seclusion and stunning views across to hulking Mount Tronador.
Prepare to be wowed by Explora. The establishment occupies one of the most jaw-dropping spots of all the luxury hotels in Patagonia. Poking from a ridge just above the mirror-like waters of Lake Pehoé, its backdrop is endless snow and ice courtesy of the cloud-splintering Torres del Paine reserve.
But while it’s wild outside, the inside is a sanctuary of luxury. Rooms are dashed with grained timbers and soothing greys and off-white colours, along with simple wood furnishings. That all helps funnel attention through to the windows. Shaped like huge flat-screen TVs, they broadcast a channel that showcases the majestic peaks of the Chilean Andes, 24/7.
On top of all that comes the ONA spa. That hosts a long lengths pool and a series of al fresco hot tubs. Oh, and the hotel boasts its very own set of stables, where you can go to organise horseback expeditions across the pampas like a real Patagonian rancher.
EOLO beckons travelers a little deeper in the pampas of Argentine Patagonia. Away from the horizon-conquering peaks of the Torres del Paine, it offers a sense of true freedom amid the rolling plains and endless grass meadows. That’s where it sits, sprouting from the land in honey-tinged hues and half-timbered walls like a venerable lodge from the 1800s.
Duck inside and you’ll see that it’s anything but old. A mix of regal classicism fuses with touches of rustic Patagonian design to produce a space that’s in true harmony with the countryside. Rooms make use of muted creams and beige palettes to pull the eye outwards towards the pampas. Even the restaurant area seems to merge with the tundra.
Talking of the restaurant…you won’t want to miss an evening of dishes cooked up by chef Juan Pablo Bonaveri. They’re all infused with regional delicacies but with a distinct twist of Spanish flair and energy. There’s also a wine cellar filled with some of South America’s finest labels to finish off.
Looking like UFO landed smack dab in the middle of the pampas, Remota is the sort of hotel that likes to be noticed. The attention seeking starts with a stark black-and-glass façade. It shimmers and glimmers on the side of an icy gulf, while ridges and snowy summits start to creep up to the tops of the Torres del Paine National Park a little to the northwest.
Remota has actually won praise for following strict ecological building techniques (only 50% of the structure depends on the use of fuels). That hasn’t meant a compromise on the luxury, though. Each room has a rustic Iberian feel to it, with painted floors and struts of exposed timber grains. They all have strategically placed windows that gaze across to fjords and mountains. And thats not even mentioning the stunning spa area, complete with its audacious raised infinity pool.
Excursions from Remota can take you to the hiking mecca of the Torres, or south to the wilder reaches of Chilean Patagonia. Everything from snow walking to fly fishing to outback cycling is on the menu, if you’ve got the energy!
Río Serrano Hotel + Spa
Sat by a bend in the Río Serrano beneath the twisted tops of Chile’s most dramatic Andean peaks, this stunning lodge is certainly up there with the best luxury hotels in Patagonia. In a shell of terracotta and green, it looks like an old ranch. But don’t be deceived, because the inside is a bout of rich and cosy extravagance that you won’t forget in a hurry.
Take the reading room and lounge. You can settle in there right by a crackling wood hearth and sip on rich red wines from the hotel’s own cellar. Or, dip down to the fantastic spa and pool area. It has floor-to-ceiling windows that maximise the panoramas and promise you’ll be swimming your lengths with something to look at!
There’s plenty of adventure in the surrounding region when you’re feeling active. Everything from horse riding to boat trips up the riverways and sounds can be organised by the staff at Río Serrano. Of course, the Torres del Paine, and all the hiking and glacier viewing that goes with it, is also within easy striking distance.
The Singular Patagonia
One of two Singular hotels in the region, the Singular Patagonia is housed in a 100-year-old storage depot just outside of Puerto Natales. The cold waves and water sprays from the sounds sit on one side; the great rises of the Chilean Andes command the east and the north, like a phalanx of rock draped in snow. Frankly, it’s a downright amazing setting for a downright amazing hotel…
Highlights of a stay here include the dramatic views from the water-facing suites. They look west towards the fragmented islands of the Magellan Strait. If you can pull yourself away from them, the 3,000-square-foot hotel spa facility awaits. Inside, you can bathe in an indoor-outdoor pool that pokes out towards the coast, or book hot-stone massage treatments to soothe those post-hike muscles.
There’s also a load of excursions on the menu at the Singular. From expeditions to see glaciers cascading down to fjord bottoms to kayaking on shimmering Sofia Lake, there’s oodles for adventure lovers. Alternatively, settle in the restaurant, where the dishes mingle local seafood with a dash of European culinary flair.
Just 1km outside of Puerto Natales but immersed in the Patagonian wilderness, the Weskar luxury lodge is a fantastic place to base your South American adventure. Built in the traditional cabin style with wood-trimmed walls and steep-gabled roofs, it sits plush with the rugged hills and snow-touched mountains all around.
Inside, the rooms channel a little of Chamonix with their timber panelling and bouncy bedspreads. However, the carefully placed window openings never let you forget where you are. Peaks, shimmering sounds, wind-blasted grass plains – it’s all there on display. There’s also an uber-cosy communal lounge, centred on a flickering log fire with exposed-beam ceilings.
The region around Puerto Natales is rife with adrenaline-filled pursuits. What’s more, Weskar Lodge runs its own array of excursions and outings. They include treks to see the Serrano Glacier and adventures within the bucket-list confines of the Torres del Paine National Park. To fuel all that, a morning breakfast of fresh-baked breads, cakes and preserves awaits.
The draw of luxury hotels in Patagonia
Luxury hotels in Patagonia are the places that promise to make that trip to the ends of the Earth a truly special one. They’re the crème-de-la-crème of the accommodation options in the region that spreads across the pampa plains and the Andes at the very tip of South America. Some sit in Chile, near the legendary Torres del Paine National Park. Others are in Argentina, between the ski pistes of Bariloche and the lovely Lake District.
Whichever one you choose you can expect the height of service from check-in to check-out. That will come through in gorgeous interiors and the edgy design. But you should also notice it in the hearty welcome, the offering of bucket-list excursions and activities, and the five-star spa and health facilities. Enjoy!