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Palacio Astoreca - Chile
Why we like it
- A beautiful Victorian Mansion built in 1923
- Restored into an elegant boutique hotel
- Relax in the lounge, the piano bar or at the spa's heated swimming pool and hammam
- A well stocked wine cellar full of Chile's finest wines
- Superb restaurant led by El Bulli-trained Spanish chef Sergio Barroso.
- The perfect base to explore this historic quarter and seaport city
Stay in suite number 14 or 15 with unparalleled views of the bay and the pretty coloured houses hugging the hillsides.
The Hotels you (Charlie Lockwood) selected were superb in Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil, what a pleasure it has been to stay in the Belmond Hotels, everyone was so helpful, and the Four Seasons in Buenos Aires was equally superb
- TW, London
Located in Cerro Alegre, just steps from the famous "Paseo Yugoslavo" and the Fine Arts Museum, the Barburizza Palace makes Palacio Astoreca an excellent choice to discover this UNESCO World Heritage city. This contemporary boutique hotel has 23 magnificent guest rooms including seven suites with bay or hillside views. The Spa is the perfect place to relax after exploring this interesting city, with a hammam, indoor pool and a traditional Chilean Jacuzzi (heated with firewood). At the end of the day enjoy a pisco sour in the contemporary piano lounge bar or sit out on the terrace with its spectacular views of Valparaiso Bay. Palacio Astoreca is bursting with art by Chilean and foreign contemporary artists, the hotel actively supports local artists too. The wine cellar has been put together carefully using the best regions and the most exclusive vineyards not only in Chile but also from the other wine producing countries of South America.
Best time to be there
As the climate varies hugely from north to south, different places are best at different times, although spring (September to December) is universally good. Atacama can be visited year-round, central Chile enjoys a Mediterranean climate with good weather throughout. Patagonia is best for hiking in Spring or Summer.
LAN Chile daily via Madrid
GMT -4 hours
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Suggested itineraries in Chile
Exploring Mountains and Vineyards in Chile
Nights: 10 | from £7,085pp
Take your time to explore, relax and experience a few of Chile’s best regions. Taking the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Patagonian wilderness before tasting wines in the Casablanca Valley.
Tropics to the Arctic 2017
Nights: 25 | from £90,250pp
Set out on a globe-spanning journey designed by A&K's pioneering founder Geoffrey Kent. Sample exotic destinations ranging from Easter Island and the Philippines to Uzbekistan and Iceland, enjoying unique insider access, five-star hospitality and the comforts of A&K's chartered Boeing 757 with first-class, fully lie-flat seats.
Highlights of Chile
Nights: 9 | from £4,090pp
Chile is astonishingly diverse yet wonderfully accessible – In just 10 days you can hit up sassy Santiago, luxuriate amongst the vines and sophisticated wineries of Colchagua then jet off to play in the Atacama desert’s extraordinary landscape.
Lakes & Fjords of Chile
Nights: 13 | from £4,660pp
Certainly one for water lovers this itinerary will mesmerise as it shows off Southern Chile’s glassy lakes, fjords, glaciers and time trapped islands, a 3 day cruise to Argentina its grand finale.
Luxury Small Group Journeys - Patagonia: Tierra del Fuego to Torres del Paine 2017
Nights: 9 | from £7,495pp
Travel to the ends of the earth on this diverse itinerary that ranges from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires to rugged, untouched wilderness and the southernmost city in the world
Exploring Easter Island
Nights: 6 | from £1,550pp
With its colossal moai gazing enigmatically out to sea and it’s eerily spellbinding landscapes Easter Island is a visually captivating destination and an eco-friendly open-air museum to boot.
Nights: 11 | from £4,850pp
Start with a blast of cosmopolitan chic in Bueno Aires before immersing yourself in the invigorating and utterly majestic Patagonian land and seascapes from southernmost Tierra del Fuego to the beautiful Lake District.
Silversea Cruise - Valparaiso, Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nights: 21 | from £11,900pp
Tick off a host of bucket list experiences on this South American cruise, from walking with penguins in the Falklands and watching glaciers calve in Patagonia to dancing the tango on the streets of Argentina.
Luxury Small Group Journeys – Wonders of Chile & Argentina 2017
Nights: 12 | from £7,360pp
Explore from Santiago to Buenos Aires on a journey across the Andes that includes a stay in charming Bariloche, a visit to Teatro Colón and a walk beside wondrous Iguazu Falls
Luxury Small Group Journey - Patagonia: The Last Wilderness
Nights: 10 | from £6,335pp
Marvel at the spectacle of a truly pristine wilderness as you visit a working Patagonian ranch, stroll among Magellan penguins, explore rugged Torres del Paine and sail past icebergs and glaciers on Lago Argentino.
Nights: 12 | from £4,745pp
The crème de la crème of our Chile itineraries, prepare to be wowed by the extraordinary contrasts this skinny country has to offer – from surreal desert-scapes to wild Patagonian plains, with plenty of city slicking in between.
Summer Ski & Self drive, Chile & Argentina
Nights: 11 | from £3,985pp
Strap on your skies in Valle Nevado before heading off on a self-drive adventure to Bariloche, passing lakes, volcanoes and national parks along the way.