Visiting The Singular was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. My husband and I visited in February 2013 and everything about this all-inclusive resort is amazing. We chose our trip around this hotel after I found it listed here, on Trip Advisor, and written up in several magazines. The pictures do not lie.....it looks exactly as management represents it. The Singular was actually nice enough to rearrange our dates, as we were forced to rearrange our entire trip due to a missed connection in Buenos Aires during Carnival (this was not pleasant). Anyway, we arrived in El Calafate and paid for the transfer to Puerto Bories through the hotel. This is steep at $500 per person; however, this is a 3 1/2 hour journey across the border (from Argentina to Chile). Given the time spent, fuel cost, border-crossing assistance, etc....I feel it was well worth it. Our guides pointed out local animals and fauna along the way and offered to stop for pictures if we were so inclined. We arrived at the Singular that afternoon, and immediately caught the tail end of lunch service. THE FOOD HERE IS AMAZING AND YOU CAN EAT AS MUCH AS YOU WANT. Again, it is all-inclusive; however, I have been to all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean where you may not want to eat that much due to the food quality. That is not the case here, folks (look at my food pics- again it is all amazing).
The 2nd best part is that you can eat to your heart's desire, and you won't gain a ton of weight because you will be participating in the excursions offered by the all-inclusive package (which may or may not be physically strenuous). They only offer certain trips at certain times, so the amount of full days spent there will dictate what is on offer. We took the hotel tour upon our arrival, which is highly recommended, as you will learn all about the historic converted plant and how it supported the local village and areas surrounding. We also did two separate excursions in the Torres del Paine National Park, one that was labeled "easy" (and I agree), and one that was the difficult trek to the base of the glacier. The easy trek, labeled "Discovering Torres del Paine National Park" on The Singular's website, offered two small treks to uniquely contrasting parts of the park. On the first trek, we saw the most amazing light blue colored icebergs and walked a strip of land no more then twelve feet wide where literally the sea is on one side of you and a lake on another.....and the bodies of water never meet- very cool (see pic). The 2nd trek was to the waterfalls, where it was so incredibly windy, you could literally be blown over the side of the cliff (pics included). The second, difficult excursion (labeled "Trekking to the Base of Torres del Paine") was no joke. We hiked over 3,000 feet in altitude, over 12.4 miles (to the base and back) in under 6 hours. The guide we had, a local, said that he had never done the trek, or known anyone, to do it that quickly. It was crazy (did you know you could bruise the bottoms of your feet? I discovered that fun fact on this journey). We went from wearing tank tops and shorts at the bottom, to parkas and rain gear at the top. Anyway, I recommend it, as the adventure seeking, I presume, would account for most of the visitors to the Patagonian region- this is what you came to see.
The rooms at the Singular are extraordinary and the views are absolutely breathtaking.....just like the pictures. And because of the way the hotel is laid out, all rooms appear to have the same view.
We also tried the spa while we were there. We booked a couples massage and bubble bath, which was very nice. Not the best I've ever had, but certainly on par with what you paid for.
Lastly, a note on the accommodation price- the full all-inclusive package is worth the expense in comparison to the half, if you plan on participating in excursions. I actually requested a list of excursions and their prices and did a cost analysis. For our party of two, factoring in what we participated in, the cost of transfers, and all-inclusive food and wine, it turned out better to pay for the full booking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on 100 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Singular Patagonia Hotel Puerto Natales
- The Singular Patagonia Puerto Natales, Aisen Region, Chile