I am an adventure girl for sure. Well, kind of. I love hiking – if I don’t have to carry a tent and then sleep in it. I don’t mind doing hard physical work and sweating and getting dirty – as long as I have a warm shower to come back to. I appreciate nature 100% — but I appreciate it’s beauty even more when I’m appreciating it from luxurious surroundings. Going to Patagonia in Chile sounds a little intimidating if you’re not one of those hard-core granola peeps, I get it. But, I promise you, both stunning natural wonders and man made comforts abound in Puerto Natales.
One of the most romantic weekends of my life was spent there at a hotel called the Indigo Patagonia. We went in February – the height of summer in the Southern Hemisphere. And it was still freezing! But I have to say, the cold simply added to the experience.
As soon as you step inside the Indigo, you are enveloped in warmth and the delicious smell of wood burning stoves. You could (and we did often, coming down from the spa) even walk around barefoot — that’s how cozy it is inside the hotel.
The entire hotel, set against a backdrop of the snow and the icy water of the fjords, is built to be a part of the Puerto Natales landscape, not to stand out. They use the same oxidized looking aluminium (? I know nothing about building materials) to fit in with the other structures of the town, all weathered from years and years of strong winds and sleet and snow.
The rooms are so peaceful and relaxing. They’re small, but comfy. I’ve never slept better than I did in our bed underneath thick down comforters while the wind howled outside.
You can soak in a tub in the privacy of your own lodgings if you want.
Or better yet, head to the roof where there are gorgeous hot tubs overlooking stunning views of the Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope, cheerful name, eh?) Fjord.
If you’re not sold on being outside in that kind of weather, there’s always the spa area so you can rest on lovely beds, sectioned off by mosquito nets (which look far more romantic than that sounds), where you can opt for a massage or settle in to read your Kindle, like us. Technology comes to The End of the World.
But really, the entire hotel is set up to give you mental peace and quiet.
I honestly could not think of a better place to go for a honeymoon. And if this looks like too much laying around, too much relaxation for your liking (Gasp! Is there really such a thing?!), the Indigo Patagonia also offers kayaking tours, trips to the nearby Torres del Paine, horseback riding trips, and more. We did some of those things as well, but I’ll save that for another post. 🙂
Photography by Kyle Hepp
Ms Gingham says: OMG!!! What a location but further to that … what amazing photography!!! Thanks so much to Kyle for sharing this with us!
About Kyle Hepp: My name is Kyle Hepp. My husband and I are world travelers/wedding photographers based out of Santiago, Chile. I blog about life as an expat, our trips, and of course our weddings here.