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In sweeping private grounds on the outskirts of the oasis town of San Pedro, the Atacama property “Hotel de Larache”, from the portfolio of renowned Chilean hotel group explora, is the best hotel in this region.
As is typical of explora, the architecture is stylishly modern, with ethnic touches and a strong environmental emphasis, and while guests are truly pampered in the hotel, the priority for their stay is the exploration of the surrounding area with explora's expert guides.
The Hotel de Larache has four outdoor swimming pools and saunas, a private stable with over 20 horses, and beautifully designed communal areas.
The bedrooms are luxuriously comfortable, combining mod cons with local textiles and wood and tiling, each with Jacuzzis and only really varying in size and view according to room type and price.
In the explora style, stays here are all inclusive, with excellent dining options ranging from formal international cuisine in the restaurant to al fresco Chilean ranch-style grills, and a good list of Chilean wines.
For those intrepid explorers at heart- the hotel has a fantastic 'exploration room' full of maps and guidebooks, to read to your hearts content.
Ollie, Original Traveller