From a magazine ad in 2006 the size of three postage stamps, my husband said, "We're going there someday". December 2008 we found ourselves perched on the edge of the 3000-kilometer shoreline glacial Naual Haupi Lake and the Andes Mountains, sipping champagne at the Hotel Correntoso. This hotel is the most spectacular boutique hotel find we've encountered to date. The facility is immaculate with an authentic humman steam spa, infinity pool, 2 restaurants, knowledgeable and friendly staff, and much more. The view from our lake side room caused us to drop our suitcases upon arrival, and go sit on the deck to soak up the reflection of the mountains in the mirrored lake surface. With several activities and expert guides employed by the hotel, Maximo and Mauricio, we had plenty to do in this remote location: champagne sunset cruise, hiking, swimming, watching the sunset, steams in the humman, spa services, great massages, great mate', shopping in the nearby village, etc. The government has restricted building and noise levels in the area for many years preserving the most peaceful, quiet, clean and pristine natural setting. There are no airplanes going over, no big hotels, no lights within view at night, and no pollution, no trash, no billboards. Nothing to pollute the night sky, and, oh, my God, what a night sky it is! We saw meteors streaking overhead on clear nights and the International Space Station floated right through the center of the Southern Cross. Take your binoculars for a once in a lifetime view of the cosmos. A family of condors make their home on the island. Maximo tried to find them for us on our lake cruise, but we didn't get to see them this time. The hotel staff hooked us up with a river rafting trip down the Lima River. It was a very safe float and spectacular scenery. The trip included a picnic of gourmet cheese, fruit, meats and a very nice bottle of wine. If you are looking for a meal off site, try Tinto Bistro in the Village. The same people also own a German Restaurant further down the highway. Trout fishermen will be in heaven here as the Correntoso River runs into the lake at the edge of the property. When we left, I wept in the cab to the airport wondering if I would ever see such a beautiful, clean, non-polluted, unspoiled, quiet, soulful place again.
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- Also Known As:
- Correntoso Lake And River Hotel
- Correntoso Lake & River Hotel Argentina/Villa La Angostura, Patagonia