Luxury options in... Spectacular Patagonia
Cox & Kings’ Angela Sitton recently travelled to Patagonia. Here she talks about the variety of different hotel options on offer in this beautiful region.
A great way to begin your stay in Patagonia is with a stay at Eolo, a luxurious Relais and Chateaux property, only a 45-minute drive from El Calafate. This lodge offers superb views of the vast remote scenery, highlighted through floor to ceiling winows throughout.
I was lucky enough to combine my stay with a couple of nights at Los Notros, a further 45 mintues from Eolo, situated right by the Perito Moreno Glacier. We had the best food on the entire trip here, small beautifully presented dishes.
From Los Notros you can take a boat trip to get close to the Glacier, but make sure you wrap up well as it can get very cold.
A must in any Patagonian itinerary is the Torres del Paine National Park, which is around a 5 hour transfer from El Calafate. The park has a beautiful scenery of turquoise lakes and snow-capped mountains. We stayed in the Explora Hotel, with its unbeatable location on the banks of the Salto Chico waterfall. Whilst extremely luxurious, the lodge has a very laid-back feel and offers superb views. Another option is the Patagonia Camp, a 4-star camp situated just outside the Park.
From Torres del Paine National Park take a 5-6 hour road journey to Punta Arenas, where you board the Mare Australis. The ship has fantastic guides on board who give daily lectures about glaciers, the regional wildlife and the history of exploration, quite a learning experience.
Your cruise will end in Ushuaia, where a 3-night stay at the luxurious Los Caquenes resort and spa is the perfect way to end your Patagonian holiday. From here you can relax in the spa or sit and enjoy the views with a book in one hand and a glass of Argentinean red in the other. Alternatively, take a leisurely walk in Tierra Del Fuego National Park.
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