Strictly speaking, the sublime is beauty tinged with awe — a perfect description of Torres del Paine. If the Explora is luxurious (and it is), it’s only to soften the edges of this rugged landscape.
A total re-imagining of an old cattle processing plant, the Singular Patagonia is a hotel that takes the idea of industrial chic to dizzying new heights — given the setting, none more impactful than the guest rooms’ enormous floor-to-ceiling windows.
Puerto Natales sits right on the Last Hope Fjord, and the hotel, a pair of rugged and charmingly mismatched buildings, stands at the edge of the water. Which makes this remarkably stylish, surprisingly affordable hotel an ideal jumping-off point for expeditions into Torres del Paine.
For a big architectural statement, this one, at least from the outside, comes off awfully quiet. Remota, by the Chilean green architect Germàn del Sol, is about minimizing the footprint, minimizing the silhouette, maximizing the impact of the place rather than the building.
One of South America’s best-known and most unique hotels, Llao Llao’s more extravagant suites are still priced as luxuries — but the standard rooms are downright affordable, eminently comfortable and well-appointed, and come with picture-perfect views of the mountains or one of the lakes.
The twelve villas are humble, almost minimal, when viewed from the outside, and from the inside they’re simply extraordinary, a 50/50 blend of rustic charm and modern gloss, with just the right amount of luxury — total comfort, zero extravagance.
Here in El Calafate, the last stop on the road to the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, is Los Sauces Casa Patagónica, and if you’re looking for an exceedingly luxe home base for your mountaineering expedition, you could do a whole lot worse than this.
Though certainly attractive, Estancia Peuma Hue is hardly a modern design hotel — these interiors are rustic through and through, with rough-hewn wood furniture, and a fireplace at the heart of every house.
While Tierra Patagonia’s setting is end-of-the-earth rugged, the hotel itself is casually luxurious. It’s got an Uma spa, a surprisingly ambitious restaurant, spacious vista-rich rooms, and not an ounce of ostentation.
Here the name rather undersells the product. This intimate little compound certainly is charming, but with these views, in this idyllic location on the shores of Argentina’s Lake Nahuel Huapi, “sublime” might not be too strong a word.
If the dazzlingly dramatic landscape of Argentinian Patagonia is the Wild West — vast, rugged, and ripe for exploration — then El Chaltén is its premier frontier town, and Don Los Cerros is the town’s premier lodging.
Situated in the far-flung reaches of Patagonia, architect Carlos Ott’s thoroughly contemporary creation mixes eco-friendly functionality with quirky cool: the exterior’s smooth glass and blond wood contrast with the rugged granite of the asymmetrical structure.
Among the many places that claim to be “the end of the world,” the Tierra del Fuego, at Argentina’s extreme southern end, might have the strongest case. And Los Cauquenes is an extremely plush base camp for your end-of-the-world adventures, complete with a full-service spa and a high-end gastronomic experience.
Meanwhile in Bariloche, perched on a hill overlooking Nahuel Huapi lake, in the ski country of Patagonia, four striking, eco-inspired structures house a contemporary art gallery, wine bar, restaurant, health center, spa, and 54 guest rooms and suites.