In Chile's northern desert, Tierra Atacama is a spa hotel that exudes a stylish serenity. Every room overlooks the Andes and Licancabur's volcanic peaks from floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto private terraces. Handwoven throws, cowhide rugs and volcanic rock figurines complement the neutral tones and wooden canopy beds in Oriente rooms, while the bright, whitewashed Poniente rooms have outdoor showers and en-suite bathtubs. Family rooms can accommodate up to six guests, facing either the salt flats or the Andes. The hotel produces its own solar electricity - the first in South America to do so - and all water is taken from its own well, rather than the town's supply.
By day, you can explore this exhilaratingly dramatic landscape by foot, bicycle, 4x4 or horse. Excursions to suit all abilities and interests might see you befriending llamas and alpacas, walking through valleys under the light of the full moon, spotting giant cacti and geysers at sunrise, or venturing to find thermal springs and salt water pools in the world's driest desert. Upon your return, the Uma spa - which translates as "water", in the Aymara language - awaits. Treatments look to the region's bounties: sheep's milk, honey and clay, desert herbs, salt and volcanic mud. Heading outside once more, listen to the sound of rustling pampas from the hot tub and relax in the infinity pool, surrounded by loungers and wicker hammocks.
- Astronomy Lovers
- Outdoor enthusiasts
- Solo travellers
- Uma spa - treatments include facials, massages, steam room, scrubs and body wraps
- Indoor pool, outdoor infinity pool and outdoor hot tubs
- Yoga platform in the gardens
- Map room
- Terrace with firepit.
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
- Volcano climbing
- Archaeological tour of pre-Colombian petroglyphs
- Trips to the Moon Valley and salt flats
- Visits to local ayllus (Andean farming communes) and villages
- Discover the hotel's adobe bull pen, created following an archaeological study that uncovered more than 400 pre-Hispanic pieces
BARS & RESTAURANTS:
Light, Chilean classics are served in the restaurant, where light streams in through floor-to-ceiling windows. Three-course dinner menus change daily, and according to the season and local produce. A superb bar serves craft beers, Rica-Rica Sours, snacks and a superb selection of Chilean wines.