Atacama Desert, Chile

Explora Atacama

Rates from (ex tax)$1,239.66

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD1,475.20), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Unplugged explorer’s retreat

Setting

Terracotta terrain and hotsprings

Just outside the Chilean village of San Pedro, boutique resort Explora Atacama invites you to reconnect with nature and unplug from technology. Specializing in excursions – all included – that take you off the beaten track, this nature-loving stay will soon have you in love with the the Atacama desert’s otherworldly landscape. Rooms are understated and tech-free, a two-room spa offers essential-oil massages, and a quartet of interconnecting pools are flanked by twin Jacuzzis. After a day of trekking or learning to horseback ride like a Chilean, unwind in the nearby hot springs, enjoy leisurely locavore meals, take in Andean music and dance performances, and toast the sparkling stars with a pisco sour. 

 

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

50, including four suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $1239.66, excluding tax at 19 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD1,475.20), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include all meals, drinks, airport transfers, guided excursions, spa access and WiFi in the communal areas. A minimum three-night stay applies.

Also

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.

Poolside

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.

Spa

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.

Packing tips

Bring your trekking boots, horse-friendly apparel and a hefty bottle of sunblock – you’ll be 2,500m above sea level during your stay.

Also

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).

Children

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.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Snag a seat on the terrace for the most dramatic desert views.

Dress Code

Keep it casual and cosy from morning to night, channelling the classic style of off-duty cowboys and intrepid explorers.

Hotel restaurant

At Explora Restaurant, the daily-changing menu champions the local  cuisine; specialities include grain-based dishes, all of which have been designed to keep guests light, agile, and healthy for excursion-packed days. Lunch and dinner are accompanied by a selection of Chilean wines. In the mornings, there’s a buffet spread of muesli, fresh fruits, and cooked-to-order egg dishes. Quincho, a barbecue area centred around a renovated adobe house and patio, is a short stroll from the hotel. On certain evenings, traditional barbecues of spit-roasted-lamb, beef and fish, and other local dishes are hosted here, accompanied by Andean music and dance performances.

Hotel bar

The Explorer’s Bar is where  guests and guides plan excursions – and then relax afterwards. This mellow bar is stocked with spirits and Chilean wines; walls are lined with maps and photographs of the surrounding area. Don’t leave without trying at least one pisco sour.

Last orders

The restaurant is open daily from 7am until 10pm.

Location

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Address
Explora Atacama
San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region
Domingo Atienza Sn
Domingo Atienza Sn
Chile

Planes

Room rates include return transfers between the hotel and Calama Airport, 100 kilometres away. From Santiago International Airport, hop on a two-hour flight to Calama, where a member of Explora Atacama’s team will whisk you away to your desert oasis.

Automobiles

San Pedro is five minutes away by car; the hotel has on-site parking.

Worth getting out of bed for

Explora Atacama is a pioneer in remote travel, with a serious back-to-nature ethos. The resort’s all-inclusive excursions can be tailored to specific ages and physical abilities. Discuss these with your guide when you meet up in the Explorer Bar, where guests and guides gather every evening before dinner to talk about the next day’s available adventures. Possible activities include half-day or full-day treks, horse-riding, and trips to the nearby Putri hot springs. The resort’s stables are home to 20 horses, all raised at a renowned ranch in central Chile and trained to suit riders of all ages, abilities and experience. If you’re a bit of a nervous greenhorn, don’t worry; Explora has programmes for beginners, too.There’s also a lot to be said for spending an afternoon soaking up the views from the pools and outdoor Jacuzzis, or indulging in essential-oil massages in the peaceful spa. 
At night, take advantage of brilliantly clear skies and the on-site observatory for some serious stargazing. 

 

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in the Atacama desert and unpacked their carefully-wrapped bottle of Atacama pisco, a full account of their luxury break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Explora Atacama in Chile…

The Atacama desert is known as the driest place on earth, so it feels only sensible to liberally sprinkle our stay at Explora Atacama with pisco sours, dips in the interconnecting pools and knot-untangling essential-oil massages. By day (after locavore-pleasing breakfasts and smooth-as-can-be coffee), we become intrepid explorers of the otherworldly landscape (with the help of our expert guides) and skilled horsemen (with the help of the resort’s stable). 

As night falls, we make our way to Explora’s traditional Quincho barbecue area for a feast of spit-roasted-lamb, beef and fish, and mouthwatering local dishes. As the meal winds down, Andean music begins to play and we’re treating to a whirling kaleidoscope of a local dance performance. Afterwards, we stop by the observatory for a spot of stargazing and toast our good fortune at having stumbled upon this desert oasis.

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