Just Got Back: Chile

Maya Cayaba, ALTOUR VP of Airline Relations, just returned from Chile where she went on a tour of Patagonia’s best properties and filled us in on everything we needed to know!

Hotel Cumbres Lastarria in Santiago gave us a warm welcome. Right in the heart of the young, trendy Lastarria district next to Bella’s Artes, and right around the block is Santa Lucia Park. It’s also walking distance to trendy shopping and restaurants. The hotel features modern architecture with a touch of classic Chilean furnishings. Each room has murals of Spanish Conquistadors, showcasing the country’s rich history and heritage. There’s comfortable bedding with the amenities of a modern business or leisure hotel, and the architecture combines iron, brick, cement, birch wood. The friendly front desk reception team was always ready to service guests. Something to note, the lobby bar has yet to open pending its liquor license before end of the year.

The Singular Lastarria is a luxury boutique property, and each of the 62 rooms blend contemporary comfort with beautiful classical designs, rich furnishings, modern comfort, dark mahogany all over with a beautiful lobby bar, and a great restaurant. The exclusive rooftop bar and lounge on the 9th floor has a large terrace and pool with a view of Sta Lucia Park and the Lastarria neighborhood. The restaurant has an air of classic and sophisticated refinement. Really delicious food! This is a unique, boutique, high end property which is perfect for high end leisure or a sophisticated corporate traveler.

The Remota Patagonia
A truly charming and beautiful property designed to capture the natural beauty of Patagonia. Architect German del Sol designed it to capture the natural views of the area, and its ecosystem and biodiversity. There are two stories with 36 identical rooms in each floor, the rooms have no television, music device, and no wifi, but have big comfortable beds. My iPhone tunes never sounded sweeter! Each room has stunning views of the lake and mountain ranges. While minimally designed, the rooms are warm and cozy. The design of the hotel lobby and restaurant have floor to ceiling windows that offer sprawling views of the snow capped mountains and glaciers across the lake. Don’t miss sunrise and sunset! The colors are amazing.

The Remota staff is what makes this hotel special. You can tell they love what they do! The manager we met, Jennifer, is super friendly and gave us the hotel tour. The chef, Miguel, is a master! He whipped the best breakfast and dinner using the town’s local fish and meat seasoned with the hotel’s own organically grown vegetable and herbs. I recommend Miguel’s spin on the Chilean sea bass. Like butter, it’s simple and fresh and sooo yummy!  Our guide, Marcelo, was incredible; so knowledgeable, professional, most charming, super cool, and the cutest Chilean guide. I will highly recommend his services for guests requiring guides. Our driver, Bastian, was the nicest and sweetest driver;  on Saturday in one of the camping grounds after our hike, he prepared a delicious outdoor lunch paired with piscosour, a local concoction and some Chilean wine, right by the shore of Lago del Toro. Delish!

The Singular Patagonia
It almost felt like a museum! The property was originally a meatpacking plant and a tannery back in the late 1800’s, early 19th century, and owned by a British family. It was abandoned and recently went into a 10 year restoration phase to what is now a stunning historical hotel. Combining modern architecture and old world opulent furnishing, the hotel is a must see and must experience. The hotel is luxury in every sense! Absolutely beautiful.

The Vina Vik Hotel

An architectural masterpiece by Chilean architect, Smiljan Radic, this property offers ultra modern design, with its undulating roof made of titanium. The entire hotel is a visual sensation. The 12,000 hectare property in the remote Millahue central Chile uses solar and geothermal energy to power its heating and cooling systems. Contemporary art is everywhere; the main lobby has huge original pieces by Roberto Matta, and each room is individually designed by Chilean artists. A-mazing!  Each of the 22 suites has different themes: Hollywood Suite, Chile Suite, Rock n Rio, Shogun, Hermes Suite, Louis Louis, Venezuela, the Money Suite, Azulejo which was my suite, and others.  The rooms are perfect for clients looking for a really quiet hideaway as there is nothing else to see or do in the area. It’s about a 3 hour drive from Santiago, and you will need a driver who is very familiar with Millahue, and specifically the hotel area as it is hidden in the mountains. I really loved this hotel; elegantly innovative, imaginatively elegant!

Want to learn more? Contact us and we’ll set you up with one of our experts on Chile!

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