The hotel consists of a main building and several units of rooms, all with a broad overhanging roof to provide shade to the interior as well as to the walkways. The central building was designed to provide views of both the oasis nearby and the Andean peaks in the distance.
There are 50 rooms housed in three long buildings, positioned to form a central square planted with large trees for ample shade. On the fourth side of the square is the building which houses the lodge’s public spaces. Each of the 50 rooms was designed to maximize silence and privacy. They are tastefully designed with wooden ceilings and floors made of stone and tiles. Each has a small living area, a hydro-massage bath and very comfortable beds.
The hotel contains; 4 Catur suites measuring 50 square metres all with balconies and views of the countryside, 34 Yali rooms measuring 33 square metres with views of the countryside and 16 Tulur rooms measuring square metres, all with views of the Cordillera de la Sal. In addition to the Tulur rooms, they have three Tulur family rooms which have two interconnected Tulur rooms.
Explora Atacama is the only lodge in Atacama with its own horses, which have been bred and trained specially for their clients. The stables are home to 26 horses of different breeds and mixes, especially trained by Explora for riding in this area. In this arid land with little grass, they have planted 13 hectares of alfalfa to provide food for the horses.
One of the real attractions of staying here is the night sky which is amazingly clear and they have now begun offering night tours to the observatory located near the main building for a close up of the stars!
Belmont House, 23 New Street, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2BP