The rugged yet staggeringly stunning landscape of Chile’s Patagonia region often inspires emotion, but one establishment has utilized its awe-inspiring setting like no other, and has subsequently been named among the planet’s most breathtaking spas by
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Imagine an oasis perfectly perched between two worlds: where the stunning Patagonian mountain range ends and the South American pampa begins. It may sound like a dream, but the award winning Uma Spa, famed for its incredible setting and views across Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, lives up to the hype.
As part of the Tierra Patagonia Hotel, the spa offers a wide range of natural, calming and alternative therapies for those in search of some serenity deep in the heart of the Chilean countryside. Many of the treatments are designed to induce positive thoughts while opening consciousness to the body — or to improve “prana”, as the staff at Uma like to call it.
Facilities include an indoor swimming pool with hydromassage and cascades, an outdoor Jacuzzi, steam bath, sauna, and relaxation area. The infinity pool, encased in glass and boasting panoramic views of the surrounding national park, is one place where relaxation is guaranteed. It is no rare thing for lucky guests to spot soaring condors.
Many of the massages available to guests take inspiration from ancient techniques, such as those used by Mongolian warriors to rid their bodies of fear before entering battle. The Mongolian practice of “Chuak’ a” focuses on the fingers and fists using a small wooden tool to help relax rigid muscles. Vortex points and acupuncture are also incorporated into the therapy, balancing the immune system and ridding the body of toxins.
Other treatments include hot stone, deep relaxation, harmonizing herbal essences and tired leg massages, as well as lymph drainage, which purifies and reduces liquid retention and inflammation.
The Tierra Patagonia Hotel and Spa won Travel & Leisure’s award for Best Resort Design in 2013, thanks to the vision of Chilean architect Cazu Zegers. The wood clad rooms — standard throughout the hotel — are the ideal hideaway for holidaymakers looking to escape and offer all the luxury amenities one would expect after either a day’s relaxation at the spa, or a journey discovering the awe-inspiring Patagonian countryside.
Chile’s glacier-fed Lake Sarmiento, a geo-site due to rare formations called thrombolites, is located only a stone’s throw away from the hotel, offering visitors the chance to take a calming stroll on the lake’s shores.The Tierra Patagonia Hotel is also dedicated to sustainable practices, and supports Reforest Patagonia — an unprecedented citizen campaign that aims to plant 1,000,000 trees in Chilean Patagonia.