Need to know
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
Double rooms from $1800.00.
Rates include all meals and drinks (including the hotel’s range of Chilean wines), a private guide and use of a four-wheel drive, daily excursions, and return transfers from Calama. A three-night minimum stay is required.
The hotel’s open-air restaurant and courtyard offer ample opportunity for stargazing – try to book when the moon is waning (full moons make for lighter nights), and keep your fingers crossed for a spate of magical star rain (when they streak across the night sky en masse).
The hotel closes during the third week of September each year (from 15 to 22 in 2017).
At the hotel
Communal courtyard lounge, free WiFi in the main building only. In rooms: personal guide and four-wheel drive to use during your stay, private furnished patio, solarium with outdoor shower, alpaca blankets, water bottles, a torch, walking sticks, underfloor heating, chachacoma tea (to help acclimatise guests to the altitude) and Awasi’s signature bath products, including lip balm.
Our favourite rooms
The Round Rooms and Suites have an authentic air: built using adobe (mud bricks), river stones, wood and thatch they evoke dwellings in neighbouring historic villages. However, they have been reinterpreted for modern audiences, with the addition of comfy king-size beds, marble-lined bathrooms and elegant wooden furnishings. The Rectangular Suites, set across a road from the hotel’s main plot, have more floor space, so are better suited for families.
The pool is better suited to cooling dips than Olympic laps; sunk into the hotel’s stone courtyard, it’s within ordering distance of the hotel’s bar. However, staff will happily ferry chilled cocktails or glasses of red to your sunlounger. Couples can get cosy on two-person day-beds or seek a little privacy in a cabana.
There’s no spa on site, but therapists skilled in all manner of massages, reiki and reflexology can be summoned to your room on request.
No matter how many Bear Grylls shows you’ve watched, you’ll need gear suited to great adventures. Pack smartly: light quick-drying layers (including a sweater and waterproof), gloves, sun-protection and boots made for walking, hiking and possibly llama-riding.
The hotel’s satellite WiFi can be slow and cell reception is sketch-y, so expect to go a little off-the-grid.
Over-5s are welcome. One extra bed (charged at 30 per cent of the adult rate for children aged 5–12; 50 per cent for those aged 13 and up) can be added to the Rectangular Suites. Private tours offer flexibility, and there’s a kids menu, too.
The hotel uses exclusively Fairtrade ingredients and those acquired from ayllus: Andean farming communes; and they recycle conscientiously.