The name “Remota” could not be more on point for the description of this unique boutique hotel. While Remota Patagonia is located conveniently in Puerto Natales near shops and restaurants, once you enter the doors of the hotel you feel like you are completely remote from the outside world.
We arrived at the end of the season and were one of only a handful of guest staying on the property for the next few days so we rarely saw another guest during our stay and it felt like we had the entire hotel to ourselves. The hotel was designed in a way to bring the outside in. The buildings were built with the environment in mind and are sustainable to bring little impact to the ecosystem.
Remota offers an all-inclusive experience offering over 30 excursions daily with your own private guide that is all yours for the entire duration of your stay. In addition, all meals, local wines, and beverages are included as well.
We arrived in time for a late lunch and grabbed a table by the window of course. The views are unreal from the dining area. We tried the vegetable soup and couple salads which were all delicious. The dining area is simple with small touches of the Chilean culture. A variety of Chilean textiles hung throughout the space every one of which I wanted to take home with me.
After lunch, we decided to take a dip in the heated pool and sauna. The pool is set off just outside of the main guest rooms and it was quite a cold and windy day so we bundled up and made a run from one building to the next to avoid getting blown away by the insanely strong winds. The weather in Patagonia is unlike anywhere else in the world that I have experienced. Within an hour, you can feel all 4 seasons which we certainly were not prepared for.
We entered the pool room which was very sparse, once again with amazing views. The design of the room makes you really feel like you are outside.
After the pool, we headed back to our room to relax and get warm before dinner. The rooms offer the same style and feel as the rest of the hotel. Very modern with a Chilean Patagonia twist. The bathrooms are a bit small with a tub & shower combination and one sink to share. We had a queen room and the bed was simple yet comfortable. The rooms do have wifi but it would tend to go off and on pretty frequently.
We decided to have an early dinner as we had an early morning scheduled for our excursion to Torres Del Paine. We had heard wonderful things about the excursions with Remota so we were looking forward to it and wanted to be well rested. For dinner, we had the ceviche, an eggplant appetizer, the salmon, and seabass. All of which were delicious.
The next morning we started our excursion at 8:30am so we made sure to fill up on the breakfast which included a buffet of fresh fruits, cereals, yogurt, breads, and eggs are available to order. We met our guide and headed out on our private excursion with just the 2 of us, our guide, and the driver. We loved that idea of having the entire day to ourselves. We are not fans of big tour groups so with it just being the two of us, we had the freedom to do what we wanted, stop when we needed and change our plans at any time. Our guide was awesome!
We had just come from the Singular Patagonia where we also had a wonderful stay and excursion but I have to admit the day with our Remota guide was top notch. You could tell the guides are very well trained. He had a lot to tell us about the region and about Torres Del Paine before we even arrived. The 2-hour drive to the park went very quickly.
We had terrible weather 2 days prior when we visited Torres Del Paine so we were hoping for some better weather so we could see the towers. Luckily for us, the early part of the day brought some nice, yet windy, weather so we were able to see the towers and plenty of breathtaking scenery.
We stopped for lunch at a camping site where our guides grilled up some vegetable and fish kabobs for us along with some salads and side dishes. Being pescetarians we were very pleased with our meal and cleaned our plates.
We headed back out after lunch and headed to Grey Glacier. It was extremely windy by this time of the day that we decided to stop at the Grey Hotel and view the sites from their stunning lobby and private deck. An espresso with a view over a windy and treacherous hike was sounding a bit better and certainly was the perfect way to end our sightseeing adventure through Torres Del Paine.
We planned our next day's excursion itinerary on our way back to Remota and decided to visit some local caves and do a hike near Puerto Natales. We love how you have so many options for excursions especially having the option to do half day and full day tours so you can catch up on rest when needed and explore areas outside of the park which we found were often equally as beautiful. Luke had really wanted to go fishing but the weather did not permit so it's certainly an excuse to come back again in the peak of summer season.
After our half day excursion to the caves, we headed back early to enjoy a relaxing day at Remota. We spent the afternoon at the upper lounge which we had all to ourselves. I couldn't help but think what a cool space to host an event or intimate gathering.
We headed out early on our final day as we had to drive back to El Calafate and return our car before heading to the airport for our 30+ hour journey home. After 3 weeks in Argentina and Chile, Patagonia was certainly our favorite stop and our only regret is not having an extra week to spend exploring. With the weather changing so frequently, it's easy to lose time and possibly miss sites you planned to see so having extra time on the schedule is a must.
Remota is ideal for adventurous groups, families, guys getaways, and active couples. The highlight at Remota is most certainly the excursions. They have adventure down to a T. We love that the excursions are done solely with your group and not with others. It gives you the freedom to explore and have the day all to yourselves.
Remota is conveniently located in Puerto Natales which is roughly 3 hours from Punta Arenas Airport and 4 hours from El Calafate Airport. To stay within the park you would add an extra 2 hours onto your travel time so staying outside of the park and driving in a great option to limit travel time a bit on the arrival and departure days which is necessary especially when you are crossing borders and need to account for extra time.