Few destinations can compete with Patagonia when it comes to scenery. For many, the region is a rare chance to glimpse apparently unspoiled wilderness, and its glaciers, mountains, plains and epic national parks offer a huge diversity of landscape to be enjoyed. Travellers can climb, hike and bike their way through Patagonia, taking in some exceptional cabins and hotels along the way. Here are five of the best.
AKA cabin hotel
This collection of six cabins, at the top of a valley in Chile’s Puerto Natales, offer the perfect minimal backdrop for enjoying Patagonia’s dramatic landscape. AKA offers panoramic views of the surrounding volcanoes, mountains and glaciers, soaking up the daylight through floor-to-ceiling windows.
Guests can rest assured they’re leaving as little impact on the Patagonian scenery as possible, with each cabin prefabricated and installed on piles to reduce their effect on the environment.
Cabins start at £98 per night
Guests to this hillside cabin hotel can expect to share the surrounding wilderness with guanacos, pumas and flightless rheas. As well as local wildlife, the timber lodges enjoy views of the nearby Torres del Paine mountain range and the vast Lake Sarmiento. The cabins themselves – all of which are carbon-neutral and wifi-free – are inspired by Patagonian shelters and ranching outposts.
Each comes with its own private guide to help guests navigate the nearby hiking trails.
Villa start from $2926 per night
The Singular Patagonia
This sheep farm turned hotel offers a unique experience, with much of the industrial architecture and century-old machinery of the building’s past still on display. The Singular Patagonia occupies 100 acres next to the Fjord of Last Hope in Puerto Bories, with all 57 rooms looking over the nearby waterway.
Traditional Patagonian shearing sheds inspired the long, low form of Remota, which is located outside Puerto Natales. The hotel offers a laid back atmosphere, with communal spaces for guests to lounge on long sofas, or warm themselves around open fireplaces. Every inch of Remota’s 72 guest rooms celebrates the beauty of the surrounding region, from interiors decked out in native aromatic woods, to the views over the surrounding mountains, fjords and glaciers.
The hotel also runs a long list of excursions, from ‘softer’ activities such as mountain biking through to more adventurous days out.
Rooms start at $224 per night
Hotel Tierra Patagonia
From a distance, this Torres del Paine hotel looks a little like a downed spacecraft with its low profile and glowing lights in stark contrast with the craggy landscape that surrounds it. It’s actually an eco-retreat designed by Caźu Zegers, with the architecture purposefully integrated into the land, and built using locally sourced material.
Guest rooms are also an ‘ode to nature’ as the hotel describes it, with sheepskin rugs, handmade throws and patterns of fossils all hinting at the culture and history of Patagonia. Tierra Patagonia offers a whole range of excursions, including geological trips to the shores of Lake Sarmiento and proximity to the National Park.
Rooms start at $2600 per night