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Green & Chic ~ Hotel de Larache, Atacama Desert, Chile (2 of 2)

October 2, 2009

By Dian Hasan | September 30, 2009

There must be something in the Chilean air, as of late there has been nothing but great things coming out of the design world from the world’s narrowest country. Long before the entire world went ga ga over the importance of being green, fueling the green movement of today, Chile has been putting to practice green buildings. Click here to read part 1 of this story


This is one hotel that’s certainly comfortable in its own skin, in sync with its immediate surroundings. Attracted by the movement of light like ocean waves that lead to nowhere.

To travel is to pass, to arrive and leave. Architecture is permanence. The hotel assures hospitable refuge inviting to enjoy the various and disperse, in freedom and security. More than a home, the hotel is an experience, an open balcony towards surrounding beauty. In a desert, the hotel is water; in the burning sun, it builds a shadow.

The hotel’s brief on their design philosophy sums up the experience beautifully:

LUXURY OF THE ESSENTIAL

Central to the development of each of our lodges is our philosophy: luxury of the essential.

To be in a very remote area – even if it is just for a few days – is an unusual experience. Our goal is to identify the essence of each moment of your stay so that we can offer you exactly what you need to make your travel experience more pleasurable and memorable.

Our lodges are welcoming and invite you to be in touch with your surroundings rather than isolating you from them. By doing so, you can enjoy more deeply the different facets of being in a remote area.

We always favor balance and originality in both our lodge facilities and our cuisine. Meals are made with the best-quality ingredients, many of them locally produced.

For us, luxury is in the simple details, which are never superfluous. To read part 1 of this story, click here

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  1. October 9, 2009 2:36 pm

    This looks amazing Dian. Thanks for this. You should check out our company’s Tour currently cycling north through Chile, having just past through the Atacama Desert.
    http://www.tourdafrique.com/epictours/vueltasudamericana/photos

    • uniquetraveldestinations permalink*
      October 9, 2009 6:03 pm

      Hi Shanny, GREAT SEEING U AGAIN!! Hey, the pics of your cycle tour of Atacama ARE ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING!!!! Amazing… loved the Cave man, and the Mural!!! Hey, tell me a bit more about your org/biz. So what’s a co w/ a name like Tour d’Afrique (I’m guessing it originates from a French-speaking African country, either Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal or Cote d’Ivoire…. but I think it smells more like Morocco!! ha.. ha.. coz they have the right tourism infrastructure for cycling). Do you affiliate with them, or your are a US-based niche tour operator specializing in cycling tours? Pls advise. Thx much. Look forward to hearing from you. ciao, dian

    • uniquetraveldestinations permalink*
      October 9, 2009 10:39 pm

      Yeah, the hotel is out of this world! Matches d stunning scenery. The company behind it, Explore, is doing amazing things in 3 locations across Chile, 1. Atacama, 2. Patagonia, and 3. Rapa Nui (Easter Island).

    • uniquetraveldestinations permalink*
      October 9, 2009 10:43 pm

      Shanny, heard of this yet?
      http://www.yangshuomountainretreat.com/service_links/bike.html (Chris, the founder and owner is one amazing guy who’s done wonderful things eco-wise for the entire village!!)

      http://www.transitionsabroad.com/listings/travel/resourceful_traveler/biking_in_eastern_europe.shtml (this is what I meant by cycling in Morava’s WIne Country, about 1 hour east of Prague. Which happens to be my homeland, I was born just outside of Brno, Czech’s 2nd largest city). ciao, d

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