The Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa in Chile Is A Breathtaking Adventure Retreatby | March 01, 2019
Perched upon a cliff amidst the Chilean Patagonia—with glistening views of Lake Sarmiento—is the upscale Terra Patagonia Hotel & Spa. The 40-room eco-friendly lodge is away from the noise and surrounded with panoramic views of the sprawling tampa, snow-capped peaks, and the emerald-tinted lake. The front door opens into the wilderness of the Torres Del Paine National Park. With scenic excursions, adventurous activities, and a luxurious spa, the award winning retreat is the ideal location for a mental and digital detox.
The aerodynamic structure cocooned in lenga wood is an extension of the natural scenery that surrounds it. The exterior taps into the architecture style of the indigenous Tehuelche people, drawing inspiration from traditional Chilean estancias. Using natural materials that were locally procured, the wood-clad retreat is all for sustainability. The interior is designed with a raw ruggedness—complete with sheepskin rugs, handmade upholstery and wooden furniture. From spacious suites and cosy rooms, to a sitting lounge with enormous windows, a television, board games, and a fireplace, the resort makes the most of the lack of connectivity (barring limited wi-fi access in designated areas).
The geographical location of The Terra Patagonia offers incredible excursions in, and around, the bio reserve. Biking and hiking through the picturesque terrain is an ideal way to catch glimpses of the unusual wildlife and topography of the region. From Lake Sarmiento to Guanaco sightings at Cañadón Macho, there’s much to explore. The horseback rides include a complete ranch experience with authentic Baqueanos (Chilean Cowboys) and outdoor barbeque. Saddle up and ride through the ancient lenga forest to the Paine Massif. The most breathtaking of all— sail through the Macizo del Paine with its monolithic, granite formations to the glacial waters of Lake Grey where one can kayak along towering ice sculptures.
The luxurious Uma Spa is built like a glass sanctuary, with stunning views of the lake and the mountains of Paine Massif. The heated indoor swimming pool, equipped with state-of-the-art hydro massage features, is where you should head for a relaxing swim. The spa also has an outdoor whirlpool, a sauna, and a steam room to revive the guests after a long day of excursions. For a zen-like experience, enter the wellness area that has dedicated yoga and massage rooms. Using completely natural ingredients and offering a variety of treatments, the immersive therapies aim to release your prana.
Wine & Dine…
In sync with the rest of the structure, the restaurant, and bar too, are swathed in large bay windows. Serving a variety of global cuisines from their expert in-house chef, the restaurant also celebrates the flavours of Patagonia with its hearty stews and slow-cooked broths. The bar boasts a wide assortment of local beers and the best wines from Chile. In fact, their signature cocktail, Calafate Sour, is a spin on the traditional Chilean Pisco Sour, and concocted with berries that are native to Southern Patagonia exclusively.
How To Get There: A 3 hour flight from Santiago to Puerto Natales, followed by a 4 hour drive. Private planes/helicopters are available for charter from Santiago as well.
Best Time To Go: October to May
Price: Rooms start at INR 4,17,600 for a minimum of 3 nights for two people (all-inclusive)
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