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Hotels and Things to Do in Chile for a Romantic Vacation

A landscape picture that shows off the natural beauty of Chile.

A landscape picture that shows off the natural beauty of Chile.

Let Chile Take You By Surprise

One of the most romantic places to travel to for Valentine's Day or your anniversary is Chile. The country has been named South America's Most Romantic Destination for five consecutive years by the World Travel Awards.

This article will go into detail about why the country is so special and what you can expect when you go there.

FYI: Chile has diverse landscapes with territories in America, Antarctica, and Oceania. From north to south, it encompasses 2,670 miles. It's a narrow strip between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The country is full of picturesque beaches, gorgeous mountain ranges, and decadent vineyards.

Below, I've included a map of where Chile is located in South America.

Map of Southernmost Countries in South America

Quick Facts

Below I've listed some of the most important information you need to know before you book a flight to Chile.

Language Advisory

It is easy to communicate with locals in Chile. It is a predominately Spanish-speaking country, but English is widely spoken there, so it's not essential to learn Spanish.

Things To Do

The South American nation has a never-ending list of natural landscapes and eateries to visit. Here is a brief overview of what you can find there:

  • The country is home to the driest desert in the world, Atacama. This is a popular destination, which I'll go more into in this article.
  • Santiago and the central region are known for jaw-droppingly gorgeous vineyards. This is a great city to travel to if you like urban vacations with a mix of nature.
  • The southern region is where you can see glaciers and out-of-this-world terrains. This is where you should go if you crave a trip into the great outdoors.

Food & Drink

You won't go hungry in Chile. Some of the most popular foods include pastel de choclo, empanadas, and cazuela. Beef, chicken, corn, rice, and potatoes are all common. Wine, beer, and coffee are all popular drinking options. The hotels on this list have on-site restaurants.

Places to Stay

Below are some of the most favored getaway locations by tourists and recommendations for hotels. The guide should help you to begin planning your dream vacation.

Brown mountains in the Atacama Desert. Picture taken in San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta, Chile.

Brown mountains in the Atacama Desert. Picture taken in San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta, Chile.

1. Northern Chile, Atacama Desert

West of the Andes is the Atacama Desert. It stretches across some 990 miles of land. It is considered the driest nonpolar desert in the world, and it's the second overall driest behind McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica. The Atacama Desert is composed of stony terrain, salt lakes, and sand. Felsic lava travels toward the Andes.

Not a lot of people live here. Most of the towns are located along the Pacific Coast. There are several observatories in the area due to the lack of light pollution, nonexistent cloud cover, and dry air. It's one of the best places in the world to see stars.

There are two hotels I want to bring attention to in the Atacama Desert.

1st Hotel Recommendation: Nayara Alto Atacama

Nayara Alto Atacama is an eco-friendly resort with impressive views of the desert. Couples who like to go out into nature can go on excursions led by expert guides. At night, the sky will look gorgeous with stars, making for an automatically romantic experience. You can view the gorgeous nightscape from a private observation deck or by sitting at a bonfire.

The hotel is known for its spa, wellness services, and food. For those who love desert succulents and flora, there will be plenty of botanical treasures to see around the hotel.

2nd Hotel Recommendation: Awasi Atacama

The resort only has 12 rooms, so it's perfect for those who are wanting a more private experience. It comes, of course, with beautiful views of the desert, a fire pit, a lounging pool, and the high-end restaurant Relais & Chateaux. Local ingredients are used in the cuisine. Also, you can book a cooking class with the chef.

An added bonus: each room has a personal guide and car to explore the desert. You can venture out at your own leisure.

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The charming place is located behind an ancient adobe wall. The desert itself is rich with history dating back tens of thousands of years when hunter-gatherer groups roamed the region. The area has been touched by the Tiahuanaco and Inca cultures. The Spanish conquistadors marched through the desert and eventually founded the city of Santiago in 1541.

A picture of Santiago in winter.

A picture of Santiago in winter.

2. Central Chile, Santiago

For those wanting to be around people and festivities, you can't go wrong with Santiago. The city is the capital and largest city of Chile. The metro area has a population of more than 8 million, which is about 40% of the country's entire population.

Santiago is an excellent place for food, shopping, and visiting museums.

1st Hotel Recommendation: Le Rêve Boutique Hotel

One option if you want to stay in Santiago is the Le Rêve Boutique Hotel. It's in one of the safest parts of the city, and it's known for its charming appeal. The building has actually been designated as a national monument. Its French architecture has been meticulously maintained.

The hotel has 31 available rooms, so it's ideal for couples who want some privacy and space away from all the hustle and bustle of the city. You can enjoy a quiet breakfast on the terrace where you can see both the natural beauty of Chile and people walking up and down the street. The hotel is close to museums and golf courses.

2nd Hotel Recommendation: Cava Colchagua Hotel

Wine lovers, this is the perfect hotel for you. The hotel is located on 12 acres of land that includes trails, trees, a lagoon, and a vineyard. If you like chic experiences, you'll be in for a treat as the guest rooms are centennial wine barrels. The barrels were once used to ferment 45,000 liters of wine.

Each room leads to a private jacuzzi where you can relax, escape the world, and enjoy some hanging grapevines. If the hotel's vineyard isn't enough to quench your thirst, you can travel to one of the nearby wine locations, which are all within 15 minutes. This includes Laua Hartwig, Montgras, Estampa, Lapostalle, Montess, Viu-Manent, and Neyen.

For a more immersive experience, tourists can create their own wine blend to take home at Montgras Winery. Of course, you'll need to read up on customs and what you can take back with you to your own country.

Other perks include taking a boat on the lagoon, a restaurant with a variety of tasty foods both familiar and exotic, and a bar where you can sip wine. The hotel takes care of reservations to vineyards, restaurants, balloon rides, horseback riding, and transfers to the airport.

A picture of Llanquihue Lake and the Osorno Volcano in Chile. Location: Frutillar, Los Lagos, Chile.

A picture of Llanquihue Lake and the Osorno Volcano in Chile. Location: Frutillar, Los Lagos, Chile.

3. Southern Chile: Lakes and Volcanoes

It's not every day that you can explore a dormant volcano. For those wanting to travel to a more adventurous and challenging terrain, you might want to consider Southern Chile.

1st Hotel Recommendation: AWA Hotel (Puerto Varas)

For an unforgettable experience, try the AWA Hotel. It's nestled in the banks of Lake Llanquihue at the entrance to Patagonia. It's a family-run hotel, so you can expect a more personal experience that caters to your needs. Osorno Volcano can be seen from the hotel. The suites have panoramic views of the lake. Another perk: there is a fireplace in every room.

For all your needs, there is a 24-hour concierge ready to help you with the fireplace, bring you champagne, or bring you fresh towels. The hotel menu changes daily with organic ingredients grown on-site.

One last thing to note, the hotel is 20 minutes by car to downtown Puerto Varas.

2nd Hotel Recommendation: Puyehue Wellness & Spa Resort

For those who hate planning and just want someone else to curate the itinerary for them, my recommendation is Puyehue Wellness & Spa Resort. Yes, this is the perfect getaway for those who want to relax, but there is plenty to do beyond that such as horseback riding, nature excursions, and delicious food.

Horses galloping in a field. Location: Torres del Paine, Magallanes, and Chilean Antarctica, Chile.

Horses galloping in a field. Location: Torres del Paine, Magallanes, and Chilean Antarctica, Chile.

4. Patagonia and Antarctica

Skip the volcanoes and instead embrace the glaciers. For those looking for an enchanting vacation with ice at the forefront, you can't go wrong with the southernmost tip of South America. There is an abundance of landscapes to explore: glacial fjords, temperate rainforests, steppes, grasslands, and deserts.

It's recommended to visit Patagonia from December to February, which are the summer months in Chile. This is the popular season, so there will be more travelers.

1st Hotel Recommendation: Rio Serrano Hotel + Spa (Patagonia, Torres del Paine)

The 4-star hotel has breathtaking views of the mountains. This is a wonderful place to catch sunrise or sunset, so make sure to bring your camera. You can take a horseback riding adventure to explore the Grey Glacier. Later, couples can unwind at the spa next to the Serrano River. This is a popular spot to relax, enjoy the sauna, and get a massage.

2nd Hotel Recommendation: EcoCamp Patagonia

What is a geodesic dome? It's a hemispherical thin-shell structure; it can withstand heavy loads for its size. The high volume-to-surface ratio allows the dome to occupy less space than a traditional building. It takes less energy to heat or cool it, which is great when you're in an environment that is subject to extreme temperatures.

EcoCamp Patagonia changed the game for travelers: it is the world's first geodesic dome hotel. It has won many awards for sustainability and design. The rooms run on solar and hydraulic energy. Some domes have two-story heated tents and private terraces. Other amenities on-site include massages, yoga classes, guided nature excursions, kayaks, and horseback riding.

© 2023 Andrea Lawrence

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