Awasi Atacama’s 12 room Relais & Chateaux lodge in the oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama is the perfect spot from which to explore the remarkable Atacama Desert in Northern Chile.

Painstakingly designed and built over several years, with the input of local historians and architects and inspired by pre-Inca ruins in the area, the hotel is a celebration of local style and culture.

Awasi Atacama is built around open-air areas where guests can relax and recharge. All image credits to Daniela Mac Adden

The spacious suites, with large bathrooms, al fresco showers and private terraces and solariums, are built using local stone, wood, and hand-crafted and sun-baked adobe bricks, whilst the roofs are thatched in homage to traditional building techniques.

The lounge area, made using natural materials inspired by local building techniques

Guests who visit are routinely wowed by the lodge, the staff and the service, with a level of attentiveness and attention to detail seldom matched elsewhere.

Our spacious, private suites have large bathrooms, private patios and out-door showers

“We would really like to thank you again for all your attention and care with us” wrote a couple who stayed at Awasi Atacama in June.

“Awasi is the best hotel we’ve ever visited and it was a pleasure to meet you all. We’ve never seen staff as kind as you were to us, which made our experience literally a dream.”

The pool area is the perfect spot to cool off after a morning exploring the Atacama

A central pool and lounge area – open to the skies to allow guests to enjoy the remarkable starscapes that this region is known for – is the perfect spot to enjoy an aperitif, before guests make their way to the open-air restaurant where chef Juan Pablo Mardones and his team use locally sourced produce and the influence of the desert to serve up Andean fare worthy of the Relais & Chateaux badge.

A particular highlight is the fact that each room is given its own private guide and 4×4 vehicle.

All itineraries are entirely personalised and exclusive, allowing visitors to explore the Atacama at their leisure and at their own pace.

Every suite is allocated its own private guide and 4×4, meaning fully exclusive and tailor-made itineraries

“Our guide, Vlad, was superlative!” noted one particularly pair following a visit in April.

“From our initial welcome at the airport, to customizing our excursions, conscientious driving, care for our physical adaptation to the higher elevation – he was just so kind”.

The tailor-made nature of a visit to Awasi Atacama is always a highlight, complemented by the incredible knowledge, experience and enthusiasm of our highly trained guides.

At Awasi Atacama we create picnics in the middle of the desert, far from the crowds

As the couple went on: “[Our guide] was excited to share his vast knowledge on local history, archaeology, botany, ornithology, zoology, and volcanology. He had an enthusiasm and skill for hiking and guiding us on a wonderful adventure that we will forever cherish.”

Whether it is the location and the property itself, the fantastic excursions and guiding, or the attentive and ever-present staff, guests are guaranteed to be wowed by their say, and come away with fond memories to last a lifetime.

The other-worldly landscapes of the Atacama Desert are a sight to behold

As I mentioned to several members of the team, my stay at Awasi was absolutely magical thanks to the love and warmth that all the staff made me feel”, another visitor who stayed for four nights in July wrote.

I don’t have the words to thank you for the happiness of my stay – each member of the team made a very special contribution so that I left with some wonderful lasting memories. I would ideally like to name each person who made such an effort with me, but the message would be very long and I do not want to take advantage!”

Flamingos walk across a salt marsh – one of many excursions available to guests

“The luxury of Awasi and what makes it different is its people!! CONGRATULATIONS!!”

With a new Jetsmart flight connecting Chile’s capital Santiago with Iguazu, it is now even easier to travel from Awasi Atacama to its sister lodge Awasi Iguazu in Argentina, as well as Awasi Patagonia in southern Chile.

What’s more, for guests who combine Awasi Atacama with at least three nights at Awasi Iguazu, we are currently offering an additional night free to extend their stay in Iguazu. In addition, we will arrange a complimentary night in Buenos Aires, Santiago or Punta Arenas, allowing visitors the chance to save up to US $2,180 per couple.

Awasi Atacama’s open-air lounge area. All images credited to Daniela Mac Adden