January 8, 2009 Gizmag readers are an intelligent, well-traveled, knowledgeable and resourceful bunch if the feedback emails we receive are any indication. So here's your chance guys and gals, because we're struggling even to imagine a more stunning setting for a luxury hotel than this. Explora Hotel Salto Chico sits at the edge of an alpine lake, beside a giant waterfall, at the foot of one of the Andes' most spectacular views, in the middle of the Patagonian wilderness in remote Southern Chile. Just take a look through the photo gallery, it's absolutely mind-boggling, and very close to enough lakes, glaciers, snowy mountains and waterfalls to chew through the tallest stack of camera memory cards. So tell us, is there a more spectacularly located hotel anywhere in the world?

Explora Hotel Salto Chico isn't easy to get to - you have to fly into Chile, then get a 4 hour flight to Punta Arenas right near the southern tip of South America, then take a 2 1/2 hour bus ride to Puerto Natales, where the paved road disappears and it's dirt for the final 2 1/2 hours to the hotel's stunning location at the foot of the Andes. Here it is on Google Earth - zoom out slowly to get a sense of your surroundings, it's thoroughly worthwhile.

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The hotel itself is beautifully designed, with clean, spacious interiors and enormous windows that must look like giant Discovery Channel posters. Prices run between US$2660 and US$6224 per person for a 5 day/4 night stay. The climate, it seems, stays surprisingly mild, even if winds can be pretty fierce and weather can be changeable. It's recommended as a year-round destination.

So, folks, have you seen a hotel in a spot more breathtaking than this one? Let us know in the comments below.

Loz Blain

Via Hottnez.

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