An intimate and authentic property that offers unexpected opulence within the arid Atacama Desert, Awasi Atacama is tucked behind an impressive ancient adobe wall that disguises the sumptuous accommodations within. Featuring a swimming pool overhung by tall trees that provide natural shade, guests can take respite from the heat of the desert by day. Meanwhile, the gourmet food and wine menu, curated by Chef Juan Pablo Mardones, invites guests to taste the flavours of the world’s driest desert from the comfort of a stunning open-air dining room turned star-gazing spot.
Its 12 thatched-roof suite cottages, each skilfully constructed from local stone, adobe and wood, boast a private patio and a sitting area, and are decorated with local handicrafts and cosy alpaca wool blankets. Moreover, each pre-Inca inspired cottage is allocated its own private guide and 4x4 vehicle to facilitate the memorable tailor-made experiences that the property is known for.
Why we like Awasi Atacama
The notion that each cottage is prescribed a private expert guide and 4x4 vehicle is a remarkable asset to Awasi Atacama, since it opens up a world of independent and hand-crafted explorations through the desert.
When not exploring the geysers, canyons, valleys and petroglyphs, or looking out for scarpering vicunas, flamingos and foxes, guests of Awasi Atacama can retreat to the confines of the property to take a cooling dip in the pool, sip a drink in the shade of a tall tree, or linger over a meal in the Relais & Chateaux restaurant.
- Private guide and 4x4 for every cottage
- Swimming pool
- Open dining area turned star-gazing spot
- Private patios
The property and its cottages have been designed in an authentic style using traditional materials in order to have minimum environmental impact. As a result, the cottages are naturally cool in the heat of the day and warm in the chilly evenings, resulting in lower emissions.
Awasi Atacama is located in the town of San Pedro de Atacama in the Atacama Desert in the north of Chile, a magical place with a strong Chilean and Quechua influence.
Awasi Atacama was included on the Condé Nast Traveller Gold List, and has also been featured in other notable publications that include Travel + Leisure, Forbes Magazine, Hotels by Design and Vanity Fair.