Need to know
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $640.00.
Rates here are all-inclusive, so your stay includes: breakfast, airport transfers, drinks (excluding premium spirits and wines), two half-day excursions or one day excursion, use of the sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and pools. (Spa treatments cost extra.)
Tierra Atacama’s fertile, eye-pleasing grounds are no happy accident: the hotel called upon the services of acclaimed Chilean landscape artist, Teresa Moller. Teresa renovated the original adobe walls, enhanced the old irrigation canals and preserved ancient algarrobo and chañar trees.
At the hotel
Orchard, gardens, alfalfa fields, medicinal herb garden; terrace with fire pit; map room, TV lounge, guest computers, communal areas with working fireplaces. In rooms: desk and workspace, air-conditioning (or fans), black-out curtains, free bottled water, minibar, L’Occitane bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Kick back and relax in the spacious Poniente Rooms, which have large picture windows so you can spy on the closest volcano, plus a private terrace with an outdoor shower for adventurous bathing (clean or otherwise).
There are two pools to splash around in: an awe-inspiring outdoor oasis in view of volcanoes, with eye-widening crescent-moon-shaped wicker sunloungers, plus an indoor pool attached to the Uma Spa, with water jets, bubble ‘beds’ and other playful features.
Uma means ‘water’; at Uma Spa, you can expect exactly that – and more besides. The spa has three candle-lit, cocoon-like treatment rooms, where nimble-knuckled masseuses dish out facials, massages, body wraps, scrubs and alternative therapies. Treatments feature volcanic mud, lithium-rich salts and desert herbs. Try the spa’s adventure menu, which matches excursions to post-adventure therapies: you could hike up Moon Valley, then unwind with a crystal massage and reiki ritual, for example, or opt for a hot-stone massage after visiting the Tatio Geysers. Just sitting in the relaxation area will reboot you, especially when you factor in dramatic volcano views and on-the-house servings of rica rica herbal tea and ice-cold cucumber water.
Picture a modern Chilean explorer, then pack accordingly. (Start with clothes and shoes you can trek to volcanoes and villages in.)
The hotel’s single-storey, flat-floored design makes it suitable for wheelchair-users.
Little Smiths aged 3–12 can come along. Full-size cots and cribs can be added to rooms; there’s a family-friendly pool for water-babies to splash around in. Beyond that, the hotel doesn’t provide much, so you’ll need to bring your own extras.
The restaurant’s produce is locally sourced (the majority is grown on-site); earth-kind light bulbs feature in rooms; solar energy is used; eco-friendly activities on offer here include hiking and horse-riding.