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Chile The Singular Patagonia, Puerto Bories

Description: Chile The Singular Patagonia, Puerto Bories

Chile The Singular Patagonia, Puerto Bories

Sleeping in a former abattoir is not to everyone’s taste, but this 57- room heritage hotel is in a former frigorific, a cold- storage plant built in 1915 near Chile’s pretty Puerto Natales. Governed by strict conservation rules, local architect Pedro Kovacic has left the original external brickwork intact, installing a funicular to take guests soundlessly down from the hotel entrance (the plat’s tannery and hering pens) to a reception area, a glass cube suspended above British- made pullers, pumps and pipes. Gabtries snake past a brace of 1915 Babcock & Wilcox boilers to a bar and restaurant carved from a cavernous chamber, where expertly prepared octopus and king crab are served beneath a corrugated iron roof. Guests can saddle up for horseback forays on neighboring estancias, bike the blustery coast, or chug up Last Hope Sound in the hotel’s 16- passenger motor launch. (The Torres Del Paine national park, an hour to the north, is also just accessible.). they return to ample rooms decorated with Edwardian good taste- mahogany writing desks, brass lamps and sepia sprint of bleating flocks- where the eye is drawn through a plate- glass window to the oystercatchers and upland geese that wade the Sound’s wind- whipped shoreline.

Description: The Singular Patagonia Spa

The Singular Patagonia Spa

When to go

December and January is peak season; the September/ October spring is braching but more suited to strenuous outdoor activities.

Room to book

Ask for a room close to the lift to avoid a lengthy walk. 00 56 61 722030; www.thesingular.com. Doubles from USD 520

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Torres del Paine

Description: Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa

The anerican Chilean Purcell family, owners of elegant desert lodge Tierra Atacama and the ski resort of Portillo, have added to their empire this 40- room Patagonian lodge with uninterrupted views of the Torres del Pain massif. In its big- sky landscape oj sweeping valleys and broad bowls, 90 minutes’ drive from Puerto Natales, the low- slung hotel remains almost invisible. Banked with earth and clad in lenga beechwood, it winds along the base of a low bluff, its aerodynamic wing shape barely interruppting the buffeting gales that whip in from Patagonia’s Southern Ice Field. The principal public space is as expansive as the sky scape: a wall of plate glass, two storeys high and 40 maters long, draws the eye across Lake Sarmiento’s turquoise waters to the serried Paine peaks beyond. The ample bedrooms are smartly outfitted in a soothing, natural palette of wood, wool and leather, and all command views of pampas and peak. Each morning, guests dress for all- day hikes up cerro and down dale or simply tramp off with the hotel’s able, affable guides to search for condors and caracaras by deserted lake shores, returing long before dusk, safe once more from the wind, to soothe weary muscles in the excellent spa and to pair Chilean sea Bass with a mineral- rich Matetic Chardonnay.

Description: Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa

When to go

Open September to April; despite Patagonia’s infamous winds, expect piercing sin during the ever- warmer December/ January summer.

Room to book

One of the three suites, which sprawl over two floors.

00 56 2 263 0606; www.tierrapatagonia.com. Doubles from US$ 1,950 fro a three- night minimum stay, including local transfers, meals, open bar and excursions

Ecuado – Casa Gangotena, Quito

Description:  Ecuador Casa Gangotena Quito Hotel

 Ecuador Casa Gangotena Quito Hotel

Casa Gangotena is so much more than a casa. Well located on Quito’s famous Plaza San Francisco, right in the heart of the rapdly gentrifying old town, it makes a wonderful base from which to explore the Ecuadorian city. At 9,200ft above sea level, Quito is the second highest capital in the world and the only one (almost) an the Wquator; it stretches for 40km along a plateay surrounded by volcanoes. The hotel opened in October after a four- year, US$ 10- million transformation from 1920s mansion to stylish boutique property with 31 bedrooms. Its is surrounded by renovated colonial house and restaurants and bars set in former plalaces, painted a multitude of cheerful colours. The hotel is a tranquil haven, with 45 staff to keep things running smoothly; the bedrooms are light and spacious; all with Wi- Fi, some with views of the plaza from the bathtub. Afternoon tea with humitas (corn bread served in corn- leaves) and wonderful local hot chocolate is served in the internal courtyard; there is a rooftop terrace with spectacular views of the city (for hotel guests only) and the cosy downstairs bar serves great cocktails with delicious local snacks. The restaurant has a global menu, and serves what is probably the best breakfast onmelette in town.

Description: Ecuador Casa Gangotena Quito Hotel

Bed room, Ecuador Casa Gangotena Quito Hotel

When to go

Any time; the country is on the equator.

Room to book

Any of the eight rooms facing Plaza San Francisco (a bit noisy over weekends, but the view makes up for its). 00 593 2 400 8000; www.casagangotena.com. Doubles from US$ 457

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