I stayed for 4 nights on a trip to Chile with my 8 year old daughter. This was our only time in the patagonian "deep south". I would say this is a truly "singular" hotel. The architecture is fascinating, with the hotel built around an industrial archaeology site, of warehouses, wharves and 19th century machinery. The outdoors continues this theme, with old buildings, an entire shipwreck, a pebble beach and black neck swans gliding in the icy waters just minutes from the hotel. My 8 year old was entranced by the setting and so was I.
The rooms are very large and each one has a spectacular view of the water. . The spa is welcoming with a small but perfect heated pool that is part in doors, part outside. We had an all inclusive tariff and I was happy I had done this. The food in the restaurant is well prepared and very expensive. It is possible to get a taxi into Puerto Natales where there are lots of value for money restaurants, however this could be tiring or inconvenient at the end of a long day.
My disappointment really focused on the excursions. There are a couple of issues that are really only clear from having actually visited the area. One very obvious one is that you are not really near Punta Arenas airport (2.5 hours away) or Torres Del Paine Park (2 hours away but closer to 3 to see the spectacular mountains or the wildlife). So a lot of time will be spent on transfers, driving across the bleak featureless pampa. If you have more time than we did , it would be good to spend a few days sleeping inside the park and a few days at the Singular. Another factor is the weather. There are very flashy looking excursion boats at the dock for day trips on the water to see glaciers. These are included in the all inclusive tariff. When we were there in March (defined as one of the best times to visit in terms of weather), it was too windy in the fjords on all 4 days to take a boat trip, so we never saw one much vaunted aspect of the area.
All of this is my stuff: bad luck with the weather and not having enough time. However I didn't think the all day trip to Torres Del Paine that we did take, worked.
It was like staying at an A+ hotel and having a B grade safari. We were packed into a mini bus, 3 abreast, which felt cramped (again at 6 ft 2 inches again maybe more my issue). There was too long in the minibus, for too little reward. We shot past some remarkable view points, spent a long time at lunch and would have appreciated more time to walk somewhere sheltered. Much better would be to pay more for a bespoke trip, hire a jeep and driver, where you can individualise how much time you want to walk, where you want to stop and maybe pack a picnic lunch. Maybe when you are planning the trip, see if this is now an option. If you are doing a longer Patagonian trip and will stay at one of the lodges inside the park, this won't be an issue.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on 100 acres lining the Fjord of Last Hope in Puerto Bories, in the surroundings of Puerto Natales, The Singular Patagonia affords guests the opportunity to experience all Chilean Patagonia has to offer - the true Patagonia. From expeditions to nearby glaciers and horseback riding on private ranches to walking tours of historic Puerto Natales and adventurous treks through famed Torres del Paine, The Singular provides guests the full spectrum of extraordinary and beautiful terrain that is Patagonia. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Singular Patagonia Hotel Puerto Natales
- The Singular Patagonia Puerto Natales, Chile - Aisen Region