San Martín de los Andes , Patagonia
Tel: 54 11 525266
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Overlooking a forest of Oregon pine, a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, and the north face of Mount Chapelco, this gable-roofed property may be set amid the untamed Patagonian wilderness, but there's nothing untamed about the hotel. Situated in a 560-acre gated community, it attracts those more interested in smart decor and safety than full immersion in Patagonian culture. The terra cotta-and stone interior with burnished and buffed wooden furnishings maximizes the hotel's biggest asset: its bucolic view. All 85 tastefully outfitted rooms, with a cavernous sitting room warmed by a crackling fire, face the mountain, as do the two restaurants, where local trout, venison, and wild boar are expertly prepared. There are tubs and scrubs aplenty in the slick spa, game rooms for kids, and, while golfing guests rarely need leave the property, capable staff can organize rafting and fly fishing excursions on the nearby Río Quilquihue. The more-venturesome can gallop through Lanín National Park, ascend 12,500-foot Volcán Lanín's icy cone, or, in winter, ski Chapelco resort, and return for a sundowner on the hotel's mountain-facing terrace. 2009 Hot List
When to go: Outdoor activities are most accessible during Patagonia's spring (Sept.-Nov.) and fall (Mar.-May).
Which room to book: Splurge on the three-room Suite Loi, for its handsome fireplace and generous space.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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