Central + South America THE SINGULAR, PATAGONIA Located just outside of Puerto Natales in Chilean Patagonia is The Singular, a heritage hotel constructed in a former frigorifico (a cold storage plant built in 1915). Don’t be deceived by the factory-like exterior, they have transformed the inside into a hotel like no other: cosy and warm and in our opinion one of the finest in South America. The Singular welcomes guests to its elegantly converted factory, with its soaring ceilings, restored brick and industrial features. We think it is the perfect launching point for exploring Patagonia and the Torres del Paine National Park in luxury. Highlights The bars are stocked with an impressive selection of Chilean and Argentinean wines. Try the Sweet Patagonia Treatment in the spa, a relaxing immersion bath using honey, milk and rice-extract. The views out of the vast floor to ceiling windows in the rooms overlooking Patagonia’s stunning fjords and mountains (you have to see it to believe it). We particularly loved the way the hotel connects you to its history. They offer a guided tour in the hotel explaining the industrial building’s fascinating history, as well as a visit to their in-house museum. SPECTACULAR VIEWS OF PATAGONIA When the plant was abandoned the current owners rescued it, refusing to let this piece of Patagonian history fall apart and fade away. Governed by strict conservation rules, local architect Pedro Kovacic has left the original external brickwork intact and has displayed the private collection of machines, engines and other artefacts from the old plant. Your adventure begins on arrival, by negotiating the steep slope down to the entrance and reception, using the renovated funicular lift. The rooms are elegantly decorated with mahogany writing desks, brass lamps and vast floor to ceiling windows which overlook the fjords, mountains and looming glaciers. Here we can fill your days with either biking or hiking through the rugged landscape or a trip aboard the hotel’s 16 passenger motorboat to explore nearby glaciers. After each day there is a wealth of things to do once back at the hotel and we recommend your first port of call be the spa. The sauna here has a spectacular view out across the expansive landscape in which the hotel is set, we think it is wonderfully relaxing. An alternative (or following this) would be to sink into one of the comfy sofas at the bar, next to an open fire and accompanied by a warming glass of Chilean wine. The restaurant is yet another bonus to the hotel and its overall experience, serving delicious king crab and octopus beneath an industrial style iron roof. In our opinion, the best food in Patagonia.