Patagonia is a land of sublime landscapes, howling winds and towering mountains. Stay at Tierra Patagonia, in southern Chile, and its also one of the most extreme and luxurious travel experiences on the planet.
Nestled on the shore of Lake Sarmiento on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park, it’s almost impossible to distinguish this low-impact resort, built entirely from indigenous lenga wood, from the surrounding landscape.
Floor-to-ceiling windows in the minimalist rooms and the cavernous restaurant-cum-lounge frame awe-inspiring views of the Paine Massif, while indigenous wildlife such as guanacos and rheas (Patagonian ostriches) stroll past.
The sun-dappled mountain range is the first thing you see each morning and the backdrop for most of the hikes and horse rides that form the backbone of the Tierra Patagonia experience.
The great outdoors is brought into the rooms via sheepskin rugs, lenga wood-panelled walls and bathrooms stocked with locally made products and murals depicting the windswept landscape.
To cap off your day, sup cocktails in the outdoor hot-tub or ease aching limbs in the panoramic indoor pool, before tucking into a dinner of Patagonian lamb in the atrium of the vast, ark-like lodge, as the sun dips behind the mountains.
This story was written for Open Skies, the award-winning in-flight magazine of Emirates Airline, and originally published in May 2015. Read more articles from the excellent Open Skies here.