ALTO ATACAMA CHILE
NEVER BEFORE HAS THE WORLD’S HIGHEST AND DRIEST DESERT FELT SO WONDERFULLY COMFORTABLE
This adobe-walled refuge on the outskirts of the oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama is world-class luxury in the rusty hills of the otherwordly Catarpe Valley. At 7,900ft above sea level, the lung-busting altitude (never mind the amazing views) is enough to leave you feeling breathless at times, but the all-inclusive Chilean wines and balmy plunge pools are the ideal antidote. The food is exquisite, with daily specials such as ostrich, hearty quinoa stews and tart chanar berry desserts. Alto Atacama is a little out of the way, but the expertly curated combination of a mind-blowing natural setting and man-made luxury make it well worth the trip.
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From the dolled-up llamas with ribbons in their hair to the emerald fields of alfalfa intersecting crimson mud walls, this hotel is so far off the beaten track, it feels like being on a different planet. Further afield, don’t miss the out-of-this-world landscape of the Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna) and make time to glimpse the vivid pink flamingos on the Salar de Atacama salt flats. You almost expect David Attenborough to pop out from behind a rock.
OUR KIND OF LUXE
For a truly unique stargazing experience, head to the hotel’s outdoor observatory, cuddle up on a spinning lounger, grab a telescope and set your sights on the Milky Way. Thanks to the lack of light pollution, this is one of the best places in the world to see it. Stargazing is available every evening within five days either side of a new moon. GO Packages from three nights for £1,509 per person, including room, excursions, meals and airport transfers; altoatacama.com
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