The Singular Patagonia
Set on 12 acres lining the Fjord of Last Hope in Puerto Bories, in the surroundings of Puerto Natales, The Singular Patagonia affords Guests the opportunity to experience all Chilean Patagonia has to offer, the true Patagonia. From expeditions to nearby glaciers and horseback riding on private ranches to walking tours of historic Puerto Natales and adventurous treks through famed Torres del Paine, The Singular provides Guests the full spectrum of extraordinary and beautiful terrain that is Patagonia.
Restored and resurrected by fourth generation family members of the original pioneers who settled the area and built the sheep farming industry more than 100 years ago, The Singular pays homage to the building’s and founders’ rich historical importance in the development of the local culture, economy and heritage. Witness century-old machinery imported from England at the turn of the 20th Century; the hotel’s restored wood dock hovering over the Fjord of Last Hope leading out to the Pacific from which ships took wool to markets all over the world; and the local customs and traditions embraced by memorabilia throughout the property.
Only found in certain regions of the world, fjords are a natural wonder, the result of valley formed by glacial activity, not to mention a star attraction at The Singular Patagonia. Situated directly on the Fjord of Last Hope, all 57 guest rooms have picturesque views of the rare waterway. If watching from a distance isn’t enough, you will play explorer as you navigate the twists and turns of the area Fjords aboard one of the Singular’s two high speed boats tracing its glacial origins from end to end.
The Singular experience is indeed singular, a unique blend of the utmost in contemporary luxury combined with access to some of the most untamed territory in the world. Visit nearby attractions like the Milodon Caves and the local town of Puerto Natales where you can interact with locals to get an appreciation for the real Patagonia while having the ability to explore Torres del Paine and discover why it is one of the world’s most extraordinary national parks. At the Singular Patagonia, it is a complete experience, that of the true Patagonia.
Matching the richness and beauty of the building itself will be that of the dishes emerging from Chef Laurent Pasqualetto’s kitchen, further connecting guests to the region’s terrior and heritage. Locally grown ingredients, such as Patagonian hare, lamb, southamerican king crab, white strawberries, rhubarb, seaweed and Patagonian honey will tempt the palate as Chef Pasqualetto re-images traditional, regional recipes; fully respectful of the area’s culture and its rich byproducts. To perfectly complement the delectable dishes coming out of the kitchen, you will be able to choose from a variety of wines from each grape-growing valley of Chile.
Despite its rustic origins, The Singular Patagonia is the epitome of modern luxury. With two-to-one staff to Guest ratio, a team of dedicated, highly trained expedition guides, an award-winning culinary team and the highest quality amenities available, you will be pampered and provided for at every turn. The Singular Patagonia boasts: custom-made, hand-crafted furniture; a state of the art eco-spa; the very best in food and wine and ta staff dedicated to the utmost in personalized service.
The hotel is located in the Chilean Patagonia on the shores of the Señoret Channel, a 5 minute drive from the town of Puerto Natales. Strategically located at the end of the “Ultima Esperanza Sound” it is the ideal place to undertake excursions to the most remote places, throughhout Torres del Paine National Park, mingling with the people and learning about their customs, visiting ranches and industrial premises where pioneers once worked, sailing fjords and much more.
The Singular Room
The Singular Rooms has 45 square meters in size, featuring a 6 meter wide glass panel window overlooking the Patagonian fjords in Last Hope Sine. This creates the perfect environment to connect with your senses and experience Authentic Patagonia. Each room is provided by enriching details like an amazing view of the Patagonian fjords, a quiet and unique atmosphere of tranquility, an interior decoration with traditional luxurious furniture, a large bed designed for a deep and comfortable sleep, a seating area, a spacious en-suite bathroom with separate shower, satellite television and minibar.
The Singular Suite
The Singular Suites has 70 square meters in size, and on it you can have the privilege of enjoying the Last Hope Patagonian fjords, through the huge windows of The Singular Suites; is a first row sight that you will hardly be able to participate again. Spectacle in which the quality and level of comfort of your suite, will be the key player of your stay. The impeccably designed furniture includes a puffy, exquisitely upholstered chair you can sink into and stare out at the timeless landscape. Or the charming wooden desk, perfect for writing postcards or journal entries about your Patagonian adventures. And of course, the indulgently comfortable bed for a restful sleep, as you dream of the adventures the new day will bring. Every detail has been considered here. Even the smooth concrete ceiling adds a thoughtful element to the room, a reminder of the beauty of simplicity and the importance of heritage. It is a connection to the industrial past even amidst the lush comforts surrounding you. This is an environment of simple luxury. It will be your home at The Singular Patagonia, the perfect setting to connect with authentic Patagonia.
The Singular SPA
Surrounded by fjords, glaciers and unparalleled beauty, The Singular SPA will deliver a wellness experience inspired by the word SPA’s origin, Salut Per Aqua. Spoil yourself with a day in the 300 square meters eco-SPA further connecting you to nature as organic plants and fruits are used for oil extracts and moisturizers woven into an array of pampering pleasures. The Singular is dedicated to guests’ complete therapeutic well-being as the holistic-focused SPA also features a heated indoor/outdoor, sauna and steam room.
Private Transfer Service
The Singular Patagonia provides a private transfer service to and from Punta Arenas or El Calafate.
A meeting room for up to 100 persons is available for everyone would like to organize a special event in an unique and charming location.
“N.1 Top 25 Hotels in Chile 2015” – awarded by Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Awards
“N°6 Top 25 Hotels in South America 2015” – awarded by Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Awards
“N°1 Top 25 Hotels in Chile 2014” – awarded by Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Awards
“N°9 Top 25 Hotels in South America 2014” – awarded by Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Awards
“N°1 Top 25 Hotels in Chile 2013” – awarded by Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Awards
“N°3 Top 25 Hotels in South America 2013” – awarded by Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Awards
“Winner for Best All Inclusive Hotel 2012” – awarded by Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards
“Condé Nast Traveler’s Hot List 2012” – awarded by Condé Nast Traveler
“Best New Hotels 2012” – awarded by Travel and Leisure It List
“Best New Adventure Lodge 2012” – awarded by Outside Magazine
“Honorable Mention 2012” – by Travel & Leisure Design Awards
The history of The Singular Patagonia:
The hotel is located in the converted “Frigoriﬁco Puerto Bories”, a post-Victorian cold-storage plant built in 1915. This industrial complex was originally built by the “Sociedad Explotadora de Tierra del Fuego” to process and export frozen meat to Europe. The sheep came from all over Patagonia, including across the Andes in Argentina. The factory was in operation for 70 years, generating work and contributing to the development of the region. After a long period of neglect, the building was restored to its former industrial grandeur and as a result of the meticulous conservation, was declared a National Monument in 1996.
In 2015, they celebrate the 100th anniversary of the completion of the Frigorifico Bories, the building that would eventually become The Singular Patagonia. When it was opened ten decades ago, the Frigorifico was the epicenter of this region. Back then, pioneers came from all over Europe and South America to work at this new cold storage plant. Pioneers settled down and started families. They built a town, Puerto Natales, which is now the heart of Última Esperanza province. The community orbited around the Frigorifico. It’s hard to believe that this anniversary almost didn’t happen. The cold storage plant ceased its operations once demand cooled, and for many years the building languished in disrepair. It appeared to be fated for destruction. Then, Johnny MacLean Frasier, one of the great grandchildren of the original workers at the plant, rescued the building from demolition by purchasing it. Having grown up around the Frigorifico, he wanted to be sure this piece of Patagonian history was preserved. His work eventually paid off when the building was declared a national monument in 1996. Mr. MacLean Frasier knew that the building could not remain an idle monument to times past. So he came to the Salhi-Lecaros family, themselves descendants of the original settlers who worked at the cold storage plant, and they came up with an idea together: to create a luxury hotel. The rest, as they say, is history. They built the hotel using the original structures and kept much of the machinery from the cold storage plant in place. And so it still stands today, a century later: a tribute to Patagonia’s proud past, and an example of just how bright the future can be. Here’s to another 100 years.
Different seasons bring different advantages, in general, though, the best temperatures are in the summer time; the spring is the best time to admire the flora, and in fall and winter, the sunsets and sunrises are astonishing. The annual average is 6ºC to 7ºC. In summer the temperature varies between 13ºC and 20ºC, and in winter the average temperature over 1ºC. It can be windy in Patagonia, particularly in summer. The average wind speed is 15 to 20 kilometers per hour; In summer the wind speed can increase to an average of 120 kilometers per hour or higher, so it’s important to plan for this.
Matching the richness and beauty of the building itself will be that of the dishes emerging from Chef Laurent Pasqualetto’s kitchen, further connecting guests to the region’s terrior and heritage. Locally grown ingredients, such as Patagonian hare, lamb, southamerican king crab, white strawberries, rhubarb, seaweed and Patagonian honey will tempt the palate as Chef Pasqualetto re-imagines traditional, regional recipes; fully respectful of the area’s culture and its rich byproducts. To perfectly complement the delectable dishes coming out of the kitchen, you will be able to choose from a variety of wines from each grape-growing valley of Chile.
The old blacksmith is now an authentic Patagonian open BBQ restaurant, maintaining its original infrastructure and showcasing antique forging machinery originating from the London based company Pooley & Sons.This machine would have once used ﬁre to create tools or spare parts from iron, which were then molded into shape using anvils. The aim of the new restaurant is to maintain the blacksmith’s atmosphere and authenticity. With seating for 40, intimate El Asador is the latest venue to showcase the delicious and inventive fare of Executive Chef Laurent Pasqualetto and his team. The restaurant revolve around the open wood-burning grill, where meats such as lamb, guanaco, rabbit and beef are prepared with other distinctive delicacies, created, as always, with the region’s best ingredients.
Step up to the bar at The Singular Patagonia and chat under the warm lights of the tastefully decorated bar and lounge. Share you adventures of the day and your favorite spots in the region as well as some tales from your own patagonian wanderings. Barmans are always at disposal to create one of their signature drinks for every Guest.
From adrenaline addicted thrill seekers to nature-loving birdwatchers there is something for everybody at The Singular Patagonia. With over 20 different expeditions of varying degrees of difficulty, you can navigate the waterways by private boat, trek pass icebergs and waterfalls within Torres del Paine, savor a sumptuous picnic lunch on a private reserve or simply stay at the hotel to improve your prowess in the kitchen with a culinary master class or gourmet olive oil tasting. Following some example of excusiorns available at The Singular Patagonia.
Trekking Sierra Baguales – This excursion is highly reccomended to those who search to disconnect for a full day. From the hotel you will discover one of the wildest, mystic and remote areas of the Ultima Esperanza area, like Estancia Cerro Guido, Estancia Las Cumbres and others. A real adventure in the middle of pioneer’s atmosphere.
Discovering Torres del Paine National Park – The Torres del Paine National Park is part of the National System of the Protected Wildlife Areas of Chile. It is located 154 km from Puerto Bories. A journey between the typical flora and fauna of Patagonia.
Sailing around Patagonia Fjords – Enjoy the opportunity of sailing through the Patagonian Fjords and visiting Glaciers Balmaceda and Serrano.
Trekking of Mylodon Caves – The Mylodon Cave is located twenty-five kms northeast from Puerto Natales. The caves are considered to be one of the oldest and most important archaeological and paleontological sites in Southern Patagonia. They provide evidence of a human presence from 12.000 BC associated with the extinct mylodon.
Trekking and watching Andean Condors – Laguna Sofía and Cerro Benítez are located twenty-four kms from Puerto Bories, a cliff with perching points for condors on the rock face dominating Laguna Sofía.
Fly fishing Patagonia – The pristine untouched waters of Chilean Patagonia are considered one of the best places in the world for fly fishing. These virgin waters, born from the great southern ice field, are home to a diverse range of species which make for fantastic fishing opportunities. Species include: Salmo Trutta or Brown trout (highly prized by fishermen for its bright colors), Brook trout or “Fontinalis”, Rainbow trout, Chinook salmon (King Salmon), Atlantic Salmon, Coho Salmon and endemic fish such as Peladilla.
Trekking to the base of Torres del Paine – The Torres del Paine (Paine Towers) are gigantic granite monoliths, which through time suffered erosion from glaciers, fluvial and Eolic.
Puerto Bories was named in honour of Carlos Bories, Governor of Magallanes from 1898 to 1904, and is located 5 km north of Puerto Natales, on the waterfront of Last Hope Sound. It was here, at the close of the 19th century, that European-born pioneers chose to develop a large meat-processing plant. This old cold storage plant has been recently restored and transformed by The Singular Hotels into a luxury hotel, The Singular Patagonia, Puerto Bories Hotel. Let’s consider some relevant historical facts that will allow us to understand the settling process and population of the Chilean Patagonia. The region is called “Magallanes”, in memory of Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese navigator in the service of Spain, who in 1520 discovered the sea passage between the Atlantic and Paciﬁc oceans currently called “Magellan Strait” and along its coast is located the city of Punta Arenas, capital of the region.
Thirty seven years later, in January 1557, the Spanish sea-captain Juan Ladrilleros explored this area while searching for the western entrance to the Magellan Strait from the Paciﬁc Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, he introduced by the waters of the ford right in front of the hotel and named this passage “Last Hope” (Última Esperanza) as it was his last hope to ﬁnd the Magellan Strait sailing from west to east. In his log, he recorded the impressive scenery but, realizing that this was not the passage he sought, he was obliged to return and continue his explorations further to the south. For the next 300 years, Patagonia seemed to be asleep and forgotten; no interest arose from the ruling empires but only a few brave sailors, arriving from Europe, dared to face the fury of the southern ocean. In 1843, the independent republic of Chile takes possession of the Magellan Strait and founds Punta Arenas in 1848. During the following decades a signiﬁcant numbers of immigrants mainly Swiss, Germans, British, Italians, Spaniards and Croats arrived seeking a better life for themselves and their families, especially attracted by the thriving sheep-raising industry of Patagonia. This industry took hold in the region in 1877, when the British rancher Henry Reynard successfully introduced 300 sheep from the Falkland Islands. […]
Chile is famous for its remote landscapes and it is one of the most loved destinations because thanks to several hotels located in all its territory, it offers travelers the chance to visit the country’s (and the world’s) most pristine, dramatic settings without sacrificing luxury. As follows three hotels that offer a mix of desert adventures, beachside lounging and Patagonian relaxation:
The Atacama in Chile’s north is the driest place on the planet, and one of one of the world’s most forbidding deserts. But adventure-seekers come here to sand board down towering dunes, climb some of the Andes’ highest peaks, spot wild flocks of flamingos in the lithium-rich lagoons, visit hot springs hidden in deep crevasses and witness the unpredictable beauty of high-altitude geysers.
After all that adventure, it’s nice to know you can come back to our deluxe hotel partner Alto Atacama Hotel (picture above) just outside the main town of San Pedro de Atacama for some rest and relaxation. The hotel itself is the result of the humble dream of Chilean Family, inspired by the magnificence of this land that seemed from another world.
The hotel’s 42 rooms are likewise spare but inviting. all have a private terrace designed in an elegant, rustic style featuring local crafts, which differ slightly in size and position, with the top level Tilo rooms having a privileged position with patios overlooking the lagoon. They are the widest rooms and an additional exterior shower located in the court deprived of every room. All rooms have their own private terrace, perfect for enjoying a good book, or simply relaxing and admiring the views of the gardens and the mountains. All guest rooms are the perfect spot to absorb the colour and silence of the valley. Guests can unwind at the outdoor pools, or schedule a treatment at the Puri Spa here, where the ritual includes the Sabay Massage, aimed to promote life and longevity, performed with “pindas,” plump pouches filled with oils, nut essence, and herbs, which are applied like hot stones to the body. […]