Hotel Salto Chico, Patagonia
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Chilean architects Germán del Sol and José Cruz employed varying ceiling heights, curving stairs, and angled walls to create a minimalist all-white lodge that complements its stark Patagonian location among 9,000-foot granite peaks, glacial fields, and gray-blue lagoons. Every one of the 49 rooms has mountain, lake, or waterfall views.

In the Bath House, three walls of windows surround an indoor pool that overlooks the frigid Lake Pehoé below, giving swimmers the illusion of a Patagonian plunge. Nearby, adventure abounds in Torres del Paine, Chile's 600,000-acre national park. Make sure to hike around the base of the Cuernos del Paine or kayak the Serrano River. This is the ideal place for the guy who longs to see Patagonia's savage peaks and finds comfort in clutter-free quarters.

More information: From $3,760 for four nights, including meals, activities, and airport pickup. []