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Awasi, San Pedro de Atacama 

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Tocopilla 4
San Pedro de Atacama
Tel: 56 2 233 96 41
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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:

Unlike Explora, the larger and more famous resort down the road, Awasi is compact in size, with just eight cottages and a cozy circular layout that encourages you to mingle with others as well as steal away to secluded spots with plump white sofas set off by colorful Andean textiles. Rose-colored adobe walls, rough-hewn wood ceilings, and roofs of native grasses complement the stone floors throughout the property, and the bar is made of rocks culled from local rivers. You can quell the noonday heat of the Atacama Desert in the compact courtyard pool and then the evening chill around fireplaces while wrapped in an alpaca throw provided by the staff. Meals are simple but tasty, such as salmon grilled on an open spit or a salad of olives, tomatoes, and goat cheese, all prepared in an open kitchen.

—2007 Hot List

When to go: Springtime in the desert, September through December.

Which room to book: No. 5, a circular bedroom with a tub and two showers, one outside on the private patio.

Amenities: Bar/lounge, Pool

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