Need to know
50, including four suites.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $1239.66, excluding tax at 19 per cent.
Rates include all meals, drinks, airport transfers, guided excursions, spa access and WiFi in the communal areas. A minimum three-night stay applies.
Visit the hotel’s private observatory during one of its nightly viewings to take advantage of the clear night skies and spectacular stars above. Explora Atacama owns the nearby Puritama hot springs and guests have exclusive access to a reserved spot at the springs.
At the hotel
Private access to local hot springs; stables; stargazing observatory, alfresco barbecue area, four swimming pools, spa, free WiFi in the common areas, on-site parking spaces, laundry service. In rooms: Explora bath products.
Our favourite rooms
All of the guestrooms are understated and cosy, but the Catur Suites have the most dramatic views of the Licancabur volcano and alfalfa fields.
Natural grasses and dramatic desert plants surround the pool area, where you’ll find four interconnecting outdoor swimming pools – one of which is heated – and two Jacuzzis.
The diminutive, two-room Turi Puri spa is next to the hotel, housed in a restored colonial adobe-straw building. Choose from a range of relaxing essential-oil massages (book treatments in advance). The hotel also has a sauna and steam bath near the pools.
Bring your trekking boots, horse-friendly apparel and a hefty bottle of sunblock – you’ll be 2,500m above sea level during your stay.
Common areas have level surfaces and ramps that are suited to guests with mobility issues; rooms have wide doorways (but they don’t come with modified bathrooms).
All of the excursions can be tailored to families, and rooms can be interconnected and fitted with extra beds. There’s no children’s menu, but the restaurant will heat up baby food and highchairs can be provided.