Awasi hotel - Patagonia, Chile
This remote retreat designed by Chilean architect Felipe Assadi comprises 12 lodges in the traditional Patagonian style, built with local lenga wood. Wood-plank floors, walls and ceilings mimic the surrounding native forest while blue armchairs and woollen throws soften the interiors and immense windows frame views to Lake Sarmiento and the Torres del Paine mountain range. Circling the communal living area, bar and dining room, the lodges were designed to be as discreet as possible and to blend into a nature reserve inhabited by guanaco (Patagonian llamas), Darwin’s rheas, foxes, condors and pumas. Just 20 minutes from the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park, all lodges have a four-wheel drive vehicle and guide at guests’ disposal.