A good hotel provides travelers with access to nearby attractions. A great hotel makes travelers want to skip the attractions altogether. When visitors check into these 20 hotels, which ran the gamut from luxurious to anarchic, they never want to leave. The reasons range from glorious views to glorious linens, but there are a few universals. Each of the hotels is a self-contained world entirely apart from reality defined by a set of unwritten laws that maids, bellboys, and, yes, guests, seem to innately understand. These hotels are someone else's fantasies, but they seem, on second glance, as though they might be your own.
Hotel Salto Chico, Patagonia
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. [explora.com]
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