The 5 Best Luxury Properties for Your Patagonia Adventure

Home to a dazzling array of mountains, glaciers, grasslands, and fjords, Patagonia is one of the most remote and stunning places on earth. Why settle for second-best, then, when choosing your accommodations? The luxury lodges and hotels we recommend here are some of the most gorgeous in the Southern Patagonia region—the perfect complement to your world-class experience of Patagonia.

Patagonia stretches across Chile and Argentina, encompassing an enormous swath of land—over 400,000 square miles. The properties we recommend here are centered in and around two must-see areas in Southern Patagonia: Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina and Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. They’re ideal jumping-off points for a Southern Patagonia adventure that’s both luxurious and perfectly suited to active travelers. From trekking and horseback riding to fishing and biking, Patagonia offers it all! For even more about the region, check out our guide, Southern Patagonia: Here's What You Need to Know Before You Go.

a rocky, dramatic mountainside rises from a valley and lake below, the landscape warmly lit by the sun
Stunning views surround Estancia Cristina © Estancia Cristina

Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Eolo Hotel and Estancia Cristina are two of our favorite luxury properties in El Calafate, the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park in Argentine Southern Patagonia. The region is immensely popular with travelers and outdoor enthusiasts. Rest assured, though, that you’ll feel a world away from the crowds at both of these marvelous properties.

1. Eolo Hotel

At sunset, massive windows look out onto grasslands and distant mountains and drench a plush hotel lounge area in warm light
The perfect view for your evening cup of tea © Eolo Hotel

Conveniently located halfway between the city of El Calafate and Los Glaciares National Park, Eolo Hotel is one of only a few Relais & Chateau properties in Argentina.

With just 17 rooms, this 10,000-acre property provides the solitude and quiet you’re looking for, far from the hubbub of the area’s tourism.

Enjoy horseback riding, mountain biking, trekking, bird watching, and more!

2. Estancia Cristina

a sprawling, green-roofed estancia sits at the base of craggy hillsides and dramatic, snow-capped peaks that rise above it
Delight in the charm and astonishing views of Estancia Cristina © Estancia Cristina

Estancia Cristina was founded in 1914, and it has all the old-world, pioneering charm to prove it! Located in a remote corner of Los Glaciares National Park, Estancia Cristina is accessible only by boat. The exclusive, stunning setting can’t be beat.

While day trips to Estancia Cristina are very popular, we recommend you stay overnight if at all possible. It’s a great fit for nearly every sort of traveler. And its rooms are so tasteful, cozy, and rustic—they practically beg you to curl up in front of the fireplace with a warm drink!

Enjoy 4WD and fishing expeditions, horseback riding, rekking, mountain biking, and more!

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

The Awasi Patagonia, Tierra Patagonia, and Explora Patagonia properties are the most luxurious options in and around Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. Each has its own special qualities, so whatever your taste, there’s sure to be a perfect fit for you.

3. Awasi Patagonia

an angular, rustic hotel sits nestled on a grassy hillside; across a valley, snowy mountain peaks are bathed in pink light
Solitude and stunning views await at Awasi © Awasi Patagonia

Awasi Patagonia is, without question, the most premier destination in Torres del Paine National Park. A Relais & Chateau property, Awasi is situated in an enormous private area just outside the park (important to note in an area that can get crowded).

With just 14 luxury villas and a main lodge, Awasi is small and wonderfully intimate. In addition to a private freestanding villa, guests enjoy an assigned private guide and a 4WD vehicle for unparalleled, tailor-made experiences in and around Torres del Paine.

four Argentine cowboys (gauchos) ride on horseback across grassy plains at the base of snow-covered mountain peaks
Meet Argentina's famed gauchos © Awasi Patagonia

If you’re looking to explore Patagonia privately, at your own pace, Awasi is the ideal place for you.

And if you’re interested in wildlife conservation, be sure to ask about their work protecting pumas (you can even book a “puma spotting” or “puma tracking” excursion during your stay!).

a warm, wood-paneled suite with plush sofas and large windows boasts expansive views of Patagonia’s lakes and mountains
A warm and cozy room at Awasi © Awasi Patagonia

4. Tierra Patagonia

panoramic hotel windows look out over a valley and reflect the orange morning sun, with low-lying mountains in the distance
Morning at Tierra Patagonia © Elizabeth Gordon for Extraordinary Journeys

Situated just outside Torres del Paine, beside craggy mountains and beautiful Lake Sarmiento, Tierra Patagonia is visually stunning. The property’s architecture and aesthetic blend into the wild landscape for a seamless transition from the astonishing outdoors to expansive, luxurious interiors.

It’s also exceptionally sustainable. Tierra Patagonia uses LED lighting and controls its thermal efficiency to lower energy use. Tierra Patagonia is also part of a reforestation project that aims to plant one million trees across Chilean Patagonia’s national parks.

wood paneling, a woven wool rug, and natural decor give a hotel suite a polished, grounded feel
Deluxe Room at Tierra © Tierra Patagonia

The atmosphere at Tierra is undeniably social—great for younger, adventure-minded travelers who also want the comfort of a luxury property. You’ll have plenty of space to gather and get to know your fellow travelers, often around a big fire, enjoying hors d'oeuvres. And the food here is amazing. Perfect for refueling after an intrepid day in Torres del Paine!

Unlike Awasi, shared excursions are standard at Tierra, though private excursions are available for an additional fee.

5. Explora Patagonia

a long dock stretches out across a shining, bright blue alpine lake with snow-covered peaks in the distance
The best views from Explora © Elizabeth Gordon for Extraordinary Journeys

Explora Patagonia, one of the oldest luxury properties in the area, boasts a prime location: it’s the only property we feature that’s actually located inside Torres del Paine National Park. With 100 rooms, it’s not as intimate as Awasi, but the proximity to top destinations within the park can’t be beat.

If you’re looking for a break from technology, you’ll be happy to know that Explora’s rooms are not equipped with televisions or Wi-Fi (though both are available in the hotel’s common careas).

Like Tierra, shared excursions are standard at Explora, though private excursions are available for an additional fee.

hotel suite with expansive mountain views, bright interiors, and a coffee table set with a breakfast spread and tea set
Everything you need to start the morning right: breakfast and hiking shoes © Extraordinary Journeys

We’re also excited to announce that in 2020, Explora will be opening a new 50-room hotel in Los Huemules Natural Reserve, just 10.5 miles from El Chaltén. It’s the first luxury property in the region, and we look forward to sharing it with you soon!

Which of These Luxury Properties Is the Perfect Fit for You?

Whether you’re looking for luxury accommodations, spectacular vistas, convenient access to outdoor adventures, or a combination of all three, we’ve got the perfect property for you in Southern Patagonia. From wine pairings and wildlife conservation to glacier trekking and horseback riding, it’s all here. To discuss the details of each property and find your ideal match, contact one of our specialists today!

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