Chile’s Desert Rose

Awasi, located in Chile's Atacama desert

As mentioned in our last post on the Atacama desert, this place is wild. At over 10,000 feet above sea level, less than one inch of rain a year, miles of jagged salt flats, this northern section of Chile would seem to repel all things luxury…but then there’s Awasi.

Originally a second family home, the property was inspired by the simple homes of the nearby archeological site and early Atacama village, Aldea de Tulor. The rooms are round in shape and made of the original mix of adobe, mud, grass, and stone with a little concrete for modern-day stability. The earthy colors and rich textures were effortlessly gorgeous.

The first thing you do when you walk into the Relais & Chateaux hotel is curl up in one its dozens of seating areas. Be it by the fire pit, poolside, or under the shade of the thatched roof, all their chic seats are adorned with soft cushions and colorful pillows.

Under the height of the brea stick roof, the round walls seem to bubble around the bed for a spacious but cocoon-like effect. A mix of tailored and organic accents–from French setees to rough-hewn wall hangings–makes for an inspiring retreat.

The level of detail never ceased to amaze. The bathroom had every amenity imaginable, the basket of gourmet snacks was refilled daily, and they encouraged us to request anything that would make our stay more comfortable.

We’re embarrassed to admit how much food we ate during our stay here but it was that good. The menu changed daily, each meal with multiple courses of Chilean-fusion cuisine presented to perfection.

Case in point, the raspberry sorbet served in a candied baby papaya topped with a caramelized crisp…How beautiful is that!

After dinner, romantic lighting, cozy blankets, and Chilean wine kept us outside late into the night to watch the Atacama’s notoriously starry sky.

Though the thing we loved most about Awasi is that the luxury wasn’t confined within the walls of their hotel, it follows their guests wherever they go with the help of a personal guide, car and driver for your entire stay. This sit-down breakfast, aside steaming geysers at sunrise, is one example. Wherever we wanted to go, whatever we wanted to do, it was always possible and achieved in style.

Much love from the Atacama,

Mike & Anne

Note: Awasi invited us to be their guests; however, all opinions are our own.

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