Chilean hotels make ‘Best of Latin America’ list for luxury travelers

British magazine Condé Nast Traveller shines the spotlight on the Explora Salto Chico resort in Patagonia and the Ritz Carlton hotel in Santiago.


The eagerly-awaited 2011 Gold List by Condé Nast Traveller, published October 11, revealed this year’s pick of “the best places in the world.”

Both the Explora Salto Chico resort in Torres del Paine and the Ritz-Carlton Santiago made the prestigious list in their respective categories, marking another successful milestone for Chile’s growing pool of world-class tourist destinations.

Among 15 resorts in Latin America, the Explora Salto Chico resort in Torres del Paine placed fourth. The Patagonian resort, located inside the Torres del Paine national park in southern Chile, is no stranger to Condé Nast Traveller, having received various accolades from the British magazine in the past.

The Explora Salto Chico hosts 50 luxury suites and organizes horseback rides through the park, with fine dining and steam baths waiting back at the hotel. Explora also operates two more luxury hotels in Chile, the Posada de Mike Rapu on Easter Island and the Hotel de Larache in the Atacama Desert, both of which have received nods from international travel magazines in the past.

On the magazine’s list of the region’s best 15 hotels, the Ritz-Carlton Santiago placed 11th. The five-star hotel is a central architectural feature of the stylish Las Condes neighborhood in the capital, featuring the best of city-living and urban luxury.

It features a rooftop spa and fitness center, with an indoor heated swimming pool, massage services, steambath and sauna. The 1,829-square-foot Presidential Suite offers views of the towering Andes mountains to the east and the sparkling city lights spread below.

This year’s list by the luxury travel magazine chose 665 hotels, 455 resorts, 55 cities, 55 islands, 30 airlines and 25 cruiselines from every region of the world.

In Latin America, the Four Seasons Carmelo (Uruguay) took the prize for best resort and the hotels Lapa Ríos Ecolodge (Costa Rica) and Fasano (Brazil) were named the best hotels in Central and South America, respectively.

The coveted prize of best hotel in the world was awarded to the Ritz Carlton Shanghai, while Singapore Airlines was named the world’s best luxury airline.