It may be the driest desert in the world, but the remote Atacama is full of surprises.

A visit to San Pedro de Atacama will unveil indulgent hotels and astounding photographic opportunities, a great escape on a luxury holiday to Chile. The people who live in this unforgiving habitat, still maintain many of the traditions that date back to their Incan heritage. The region is widely regarded as one of the best places on earth for stargazing, and a project to create the most powerful telescope is currently underway here. Take a trip deep into the desert after nightfall to marvel at the countless stars that together form the spectacular Milky Way, and gaze through huge telescopes at planets in incredible detail. By day the main town is a laid back place, the centre of San Pedro has a bohemian feel, and the dusty streets are home to an eclectic mix of boutique shops, terraced cafes and local markets. As quaint as this little town is, the true desert treasures are found outside of civilisation and in the remote high altitude landscapes that surround San Pedro. The unearthly scenery plays host to huge white salt lakes, energetic geysers producing large swathes of steam, turquoise lagoons dotted with bright pink flamingos and richly coloured jagged rocky outcrops. There are areas which are so highly coloured and vast, that they can only be likened to a Salvador Dali painting. Jump in a 4×4 with a local guide for an exciting off road journey into the wilderness, where you can observe bizarre rock formations in areas such as Moon Valley. The best thing about this area of Chile, is the outstanding luxury hotels that grace the region. From romantic private huts with thatched roofs to boutique properties with fully equipped spa’s, you are sure to find somewhere unforgettable to stay in the Atacama.


Our favourite luxury hotels

Awasi Atacama Atacama Chile

Awasi Atacama

The Awasi Atacama Hotel in the north of Chile is located in a stunning spot. Hidden away in the immense Atacama Desert, the most arid place on earth, this hotel oozes luxurious simplicity. This tiny hotel, a cosy and secluded haven in a historic setting, has been designed to fit harmoniously into the local culture and environment. The hotel offers its guests unique tailor-made experiences and a choice of customised packages and 4×4 excursions with their own guide (a guide is assigned to each guest room). The all-inclusive programme gives the traveller total peace of mind to enjoy a wonderful experience, utterly personalised to each visitor. The rooms at Awasi Atacama hotel are traditional in style and comfortable, with a rustic charm and vibrant décor. Just twelve round-suite rooms are each built of stone, adobe and wood, with thatched roofs.

Tierra Atacama Atacama Chile

Tierra Atacama

This stunning desert hideaway has been designed by some of the most creative talents in Chile. A wonderful mix of beautiful modern architecture and cultural influences, this hotel provides guests with the best amenities and comfort. The interior is simple, elegant with a warmth created by the authentic pieces which have been sourced from local villages. Outside, the property has large open air lounges with fire pits and Jacuzzis. Plus a bar deck with unrivalled views of the surrounding volcanic landscape which is a great place to sit and watch the sunset whilst enjoying a glass of wine. The hotel caters for guests who want to relax, and guests who wish to explore this remarkable region. With exceptional customer service this is all possible at the Tierra Atacama.

Alto Atacama Atacama Chile

Nayara Alto Atacama

Nayara Alto Atacama is located in the lush Catarpe Valley of the Salt Mountain Range, just over a mile from the plaza of San Pedro de Atacama. Nayara Alto Atacama’s design was influenced by local village architecture and conceived to blend seamlessly into its environment and appear as a part of the terracotta-coloured ridge that rises behind it. The setting, the sweeping views, the tranquillity and silence, and the hotel’s wonderful outdoor lounge spaces make the Alto Atacama a destination unto itself. Environmental sustainability and a strong connection with the local culture have put the Nayara Alto Atacama in a category of its own. The rooms at Nayara Alto Atacama all benefit from private terraces, safes, minibar and wonderful views. Suites enjoy open air showers and spacious patios.

Explora Atacama - luxury holidays to the Atacama Desert

Explora Atacama

Explora Atacama is a stunning mix of modern technology, pioneering concepts and local charm. Situated just outside of the small town of San Pedro de Atacama, this hotel is perfectly located for taking adventures into the Atacama – the driest desert in the world. There are just 50 rooms in this hotel, each boasting comfortable beds with luxurious bedsheets, modern design features and fabulous views of the surrounding mountains and desert. Guests can enjoy a large patio area which has swimming pools, Jacuzzis, steam baths and a bar. The on-site restaurant is a beautiful place to dine, and much of the wine available has been produced in the hotel owners’ very own vineyard in the Maipo Valley. The Explora also has an extensive list of activities available to guests, including 4WD adventures, horse riding, hiking, birdwatching and stargazing from its very own observatory.