Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa
Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa is set on a magnificent outcrop, 250 mt above sea level, offering panoramic views of the city and surrounding landscape. Located in Tierra del Fuego, 20 minutes from the National Park and within Cerro Alarkén Natural Reserve, Arakur Ushuaia overlooks its stunningly beautiful locale from atop an outcrop just outside the city surrounded by stunning panoramic views, native forests and natural terraces harmoniously integrated into the environment. Arakur Ushuaia Resort is a luxurious base offering spectacular views of the Beagle Channel and at the starting point of the Reserva Natural Cerro Alarken.
The magnificent lobby welcomes the guests with its large windows, the warmth of their fireplaces, and a sophisticated décor made with fine materials from different Argentine regions, such as craft leather and Southamerican aromatic wood: rosewood, lapacho and incense, which provide the stay with warmth.
Arakur has a total of 117 spacious rooms and suites, spread across four floors with many boasting views across the Beagle Channel. Each of the splendid rooms and suites is decorated using indigenous Argentine materials, such as copper, marble, stone, woods, and leather. Through their large windows, each room in Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa offers panoramic views of the city of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel to the south, or the mountains and Cerro Alarkén Nature Reserve. The sophisticated and native elegance combines with the leading-edge comfort technology, with a Samsung LED TV 40”, a home automation system with led-lighting control, alarm clock scheduling and automated curtain opening, air renewal and humidification, geothermal cooling system and acoustic insulation, among others.
Nestled in its terrace on the edge of the hill, La Cravia restaurant is the ideal setting for breakfast, lunch or dinner with panoramic views of the bay and the city. Together with views of the Beagle Channel guests can feast on delicacies such as king crab, lamb, Patagonian sea bass and a typical Argentine grill, among others. A wide range of drinks, local hand-brewed beers and Argentine wines together with cheese and Patagonian cold cuts platters await at the Lobby Bar in order to enjoy a unique sunset over the bay to the soft melody of the Steinway average tail piano. While relaxing with astonishing views of the city, enjoy a snack with a home-made juice at the Pool Bar.
Guests can enjoy two hot tubs located on the outdoor deck that offer panoramic city and sea views and a pool area features water mirror pools, a lap pool, an edge infinity in-out relaxation pool with underwater music, plus a kids pool. The area has a solarium, sauna, Scottish shower, steam room, and massage and hairdressing services. For a healthy and complete training routine, the fitness area offers Technohym technology and an 80 sqm sector of treadmills, elliptical trainers, stationary bicycles, Kinesis, weight benches and dumbbells; all of these with a panoramic bay view.
Arakur Ushuaia is perfect for social and corporate events, offering facilities for event of all types and sizes. The Magallanes Room is located on the ground floor and has been designed and equipped for all kinds of events. It includes a private foyer, which becomes perfect for receptions. The ballroom has large windows overlooking Ushuaia Bay and the Beagle Channel. Additionally, there are 3 meeting rooms on the second floor which can be opened up into a larger and wider room offering an impressive valley view.
Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa is located in an exceptional area of the Reserva Natural Cerro Alarken, a preservation of native forest of lengas, ňires and coihues trees and a variety of flora and fauna that spans 100 hectares. The centre of Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city is just a short distance away and is the jumping off point for Antarctic expeditions and beyond. There is a wealth of activities that can be enjoyed in the region including hiking, huski-dog sledding, boating and wildlife viewing. One of the best things about the hotel is that they organize hikes around the hotel. There are several scheduled hikes a day to visit the neighboring mountains. These are guided hikes that allow you to discover the area for free. Staying at the Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa is a very special experience. Waking up with a mountain view every morning in Ushuaia is amazing. Admiring the views of Ushuaia from the breakfast table is a memorable experience, as well as seeing the entire city lit up every evening when you walk into the hotel.
Elegantly decorated with contemporary design and equipped with the latest comfort technology. 40 guestrooms have panoramic bay views and 45 rooms overlooking the mountains and valleys. The Double Rooms with panoramic view to the North offer a view of the Valley of Andorra, the mountains and Reserva Natural Cerro Alarkén. While the Double Rooms with panoramic view to the South offer the view over the Bay, the Beagle Channel and the City of Ushuaia.
20 rooms with panoramic views to the Beagle Channel and Ushuaia Bay, with two 1.40 metre double beds to enjoy with your family or friends. Elegantly decorated with contemporary design details and equipped with the latest comfort technology.
Triple rooms with northern views to the Andorra and Río Chico valleys. Elegantly decorated with contemporary design details and equipped with the latest comfort technology. Rooms with panoramic views towards the North, the Andorra Valley, the mountains and Reserva Natural Cerro Alarkén. They can set up as Triple Twin or King + Twin.
Senior Suites have two comfortable rooms which include a living room and bedroom. 3 Senior Suites with panoramic view to the South, the Bay, the Beagle Channel and the City of Ushuaia.
Spa & Fitness
The fitness center, devoted to physical care, is equipped with state-of-the-art Technogym exercise machines. Sauna, Steam Room, Scottish shower and Massages are available to the Spa area for each Guest to reach a total well-being.
Water jets, hot tubs, kids’s pool, watersports. More than 300 sqm of water bodies resulting from rainfall and glacier melting; treated and heated for each particular use. The largest pools area of Ushuaia.
Meetings & Events
Arakur has a special 1.300 sqm venue for events, conventions and congresses, with independent access and large windows overlooking the Ushuaia bay and the Beagle Channel. The Salón Magallanes Ballroom, located on the ground floor, has been designed and equipped for all kinds of events, and includes a spacious private foyer that makes it the ideal choice for receptions.
“Ranked n.5 in The 10 best/most popular luxury hotels in Argentina 2017” – awarded by TripAdvisor Travelers Choice
“Ranked n.2 in The 25 best/most popular luxury hotels in Argentina 2017” – awarded by TripAdvisor Travelers Choice
“Ranked n.23 in The 25 best/most popular luxury hotels of South America 2017” – awarded by TripAdvisor Travelers Choice
The Responsabile Actions of Arakur Ushuaia:
Especially designed to enjoy the facilities and natural surroundings safely while protecting the environment, Arakur contributes to the wise use of energy and natural resources, and to climate comfort.
When to go:
Ushuaia is the end of the world because it is the southernmost city in the world and is the largest city located within the Land of Fire, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. A place where roads stop and the Antarctic begins, Ushuaia and its surrounding glaciers, mountains and forests breed a sense of excitement and adventure. The best time to visit Ushuaia is during the summer months, December through March. From December to March, the average high temperatures range from 13° to 15°C, low temperatures range from 2° to 5°C.
La Cravia Restaurant
Typical flavors from Tierra del Fuego can be enjoyed La Cravia restaurant that offers Argentine and international meals to be ordered either from the menu or to be served at the buffet, with a capacity of 150 people. Argentine barbecue, spider crab, lamb and black hake are some of choices to enjoy together with incredible views from the city and the bay.
A piano bar with large windows that invites guests to enjoy drinks with Fuegian platters.
Located in the pool area, it offers snacks, natural fruit juices and drinks.
Set in a privileged location, Arakur Ushuaia is located within Cerro Alarkén Natural Reserve, just minutes from downtown Ushuaia and its major attractions. With a design based on sustainable architecture, Arakur Resort & Spa extends along a spectacular natural balcony situated 250 meters above sea level, surrounded by stunning panoramic views, native forests, natural terraces and green areas harmonically integrated into the environment.
Visit Ushuaia – At the Southernmost point of South America, located in the mythical Tierra del Fuego and washed by the waters of the Beagle Channel, stands the city of Ushuaia. A destination to visit, enjoy, and explore. The southernmost city in all the Americas, Ushuaia is properly the only city in all of Patagonia, because it serves as the port for cruises headed further south to Antarctica. Whether you’re headed to this southern Argentinian outpost for a cruise, or as the start to a hike through Patagonia, or just out of curiosity for its historical significance, there is loads to do here!
Hike to Glacier Martial – Just north of town is the big beautiful Glacier Martial. Take a taxi up to the start of the hill and then hike up to see the best views of the glacier. You can take a couple hours to enjoy walking back to town or call for a taxi. This is a great day trip to start your visit, because glaciers are so iconic to this region of the world.
Get the Train at the End of the World – This novelty train ride takes you from the city to the park, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful scenery aboard the world’s southernmost train. Although a bit touristy, it’s an experience you’ll never have anywhere else, and is worth adding to the itinerary.
Visit Estancia Harberton – This was the first settlement here in Ushuaia, on the banks of the Beagle Channel, and it continues to be inhabited by the descendants of the original settlers. It’s incredible to visit and realize just how self-sufficient this family had to be, trying to start a new life on this rather inhospitable land. Lots of their facilities and machinery have been maintained as it was used originally.
Visit the Museum at the End of the World Prison – Long ago, Ushuaia housed many of the country’s worst prisoners at its End of the World Prison. Now, the facility serves as a museum, its five wings each featuring a different aspect of history and culture here. They are the Prison Museum, Maritime Museum, Antarctic Museum, Art Museum, and Art Gallery.
Kayak on the Beagle Channel – This is the perfect way to experience the famous Beagle Channel, slowly working your way along the shore towards Tierra del Fuego, enjoying the breathtaking scenery along the way.
Enjoy the Penguins – Sailing and catamaran trips are another great way to experience the Beagle Channel. They will pull right up close to the shore of several islands, allowing you to see loads of wildlife, like penguins and cormorants and sea lions! After all, no visit to the end of the world would be complete without a trip to see the penguins.
As the southernmost town on the South American continent and last outpost before Antarctica, Ushuaia has earned the name el Fin del Mundo. There is even a post office from where you can send family and friends a postcard with a stamp from the “end of the world.” I mean really, how amazing is that? The following are a few of our tips for how best to spend 48 hours in Ushuaia and the Land of Fire at the End of the World.
Where to stay: Arakur Ushuaia
Perched on a spectacular natural balcony above the city of Ushuaia and boasting fabulous views of the Beagle Channel, Arakur Ushuaia
provides the perfect setting for hiking within the dramatic scenery of Tierra del Fuego or as a base before an Antarctic cruise. There are 88 Double Rooms, 20 Twin Deluxe Rooms, 6 Triple Deluxe Rooms and 3 Senior Suites, many boasting views towards the bay, the Beagle Channel and the city of Ushuaia whilst the remaining rooms enjoy views over the mountains and valleys in the opposite direction. All rooms and suites are contemporary in design and complete with modern technologies to ensure a comfortable stay. Facilities at Arakur Ushuaia include a gym and fantastic indoor and outdoor pools which boast stunning views. There is an onsite restaurant and two bars, serving up delicious specialties from Tierra del Fuego as well as other Argentine and international dishes. A shuttle service can transport guests down to Ushuaia city for further dining options.
The first 24 hours:
DO – Upon arrival in Ushuaia, the best thing to do is hike up to Glacier El Martial or Cerro Castor. As small ski resorts in the winter months, they both offer great views of the surrounding Martial Mountains and Beagle Channel. They are easily accessible half-day walks, but you will need local transport to the base. There are buses that can take you from the centre of town to either trailhead in fewer than 20 minutes. Be sure to pack layers, sunscreen, and lots of water, as these hikes can be somewhat challenging and the weather unpredictable.
EAT – After a morning of hiking and exploring the hills, get back to Ushuaia to indulge in loads of great options for incredible seafood right along the main drag, Avenida San Martin. The local specialties are king crab and black sea bass, along with the classic Argentine assado, which is basically a barbeque with what seems like every type of meat possible. Typical Patagonian dishes like lamb and hearty empanadas are not to be missed. Enjoy y buen provecho!
VISIT – The Reserva Natural Cerro Alarkén is an area dedicated to the preservation of Nature, home to various species of flora and fauna typical of Tierra del Fuego, and to native forests of lengas, ñires and coihues. It extends over more than 1 km of coastline along Arroyo Grande, and offers a natural scenic overlook with a 360° view of the whole area. Arakur Ushuaia is located inside the Natural Reserve and close to Mount Alarkén’s summit. Arakur Ushuaia is the starting point for the trails that run through Reserva Natural Cerro Alarkén, an area covering more than 100 hectares (247 acres) devoted to the preservation of native forests of lengas, ñires and coihues, and of various species of flora and fauna typical of the region. The natural viewpoint at the top of Mount Alarkén offers an extraordinary scenic overlook of the Ushuaia Bay, the Martial mountain ridges, Mount Vincinguerra and its Glacier, the Andorra and Río Chico Valleys, mounts Cortés, Olivia and Cinco Hermanos, and the Beagle Channel. Within the Natural Reserve, visitors can practice different sports and make guided trekking tours graded according to different levels of effort.
The next 24 hours:
VISIT – Tierra del Fuego National Park. After years of travelling in Patagonia, this small area is my absolute favourite. This is due in part to the incredible remoteness, stunning natural beauty, storied First Nations history, and vibrancy of the wildlife. The park is a 30-minute bus trip from Ushuaia. The hiking is amazing! There are some really great trails but our personal favourite is the Cerro Guanaco, which offers stunning views over Ushuaia, Lapataia Bay and the Beagle Channel. We would also recommend the lakeside hikes of both Hito XXIV and De La Isla, each relatively easy and spectacular for immersing yourself in the wilds of Patagonia. There is also an impressive museum in the park highlighting the indigenous Fuegan culture and the colonization of the area, including the trips of Fitz Roy and Charles Darwin and the story of the Fuegan three children. It is a crazy and amazing story.
DO – One of the least assuming and most memorable experiences you can have in Ushuaia is a cruise on the Beagle Channel. It may seem cheesy or boring, but trust me; during whale season and in the summer months, it’s amazing! All of the small stands near the docks sell a similar half-day tour. Why not try out your Spanish skills by speaking to some locals to help choose which one is best for you? There are a lot of English speaking people in this welcoming city as well. The tour weaves through the Alicia Archipelago, past seal and cormorant colonies, all the while looking out for penguins and humpback whales passing by. Cruise along the stunning channel to the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse (which is painted with Where’s Waldo–esque white and red stripes) before doubling back toward the port. Seems simple, but you’ll learn so much. Sometimes you can even get off and explore one of the nearby islands (weather permitting).
DRINK – The Dublin Pub. Self-proclaimed as the “first Irish Pub at the End of the World” this place is quite possibly the best bar in all of Patagonia, which says a lot because there is some really good beer here. With an incredible selection of local brews on tap, a fun and warm atmosphere, great seating and cool t-shirts, the Dublin Pub is a sure bet for a great night out in Ushuaia. Try the Beagle Ale.