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The Best Luxury Hotels In Santiago, Chile

From skybars and rooftop pools, to Michelin starred dining and incredible spas, Santiago has got luxury covered. Check out my pick of the best luxury hotels in Santiago.

The Singular 

Stylish décor, a rooftop swimming pool and one of the best meals I’ve eaten in a while – The Singular really knows how to make a guest feel welcome. I loved the ‘coffee house’ style lounge and bar where check-in took place. On the top floor was a large terrace and cool bar area, along with the rooftop pool. With great views of Santiago’s iconic hills Mount Santa Lucia and Mount San Cristobal, it was the perfect spot for a daytime pool session, or an evening cocktail.

Lounge and Bar Area at The Singular Hotel, Santiago
Lounge and Bar Area at The Singular Hotel, Santiago
Rooftop Swimming Pool at The Singular Hotel, Santiago
Rooftop Swimming Pool at The Singular Hotel, Santiago

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Uco Valley Wine Tour, Mendoza, Argentina

Touring one of Argentina’s top wine regions really is a must-do.

It was just after 9am, and all I could think about was wine. It may sound like I’m bordering on alcoholism but no, I was in Mendoza, Argentina – an area known specifically for its production of Malbec. Today, I’d be learning about wine, exploring a few vineyards and hopefully tasting a whole load too.

In the safe hands of Kahuak (one of Mendoza’s top tourism agencies) and with bubbly tour guide Anna Laura leading the way, we headed out of the city to the Uco Valley. The tour would take us towards the snow-capped Andes to visit three of the Uco Valley’s top wineries – Salentein, Domaine Bousquet and Andeluna.

Beautiful views on the journey to the Uco Valley
Beautiful views on the journey to the Uco Valley

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REVIEW: Su Merced Hotel, Santiago, Chile

Budget friendly and centrally located, Su Merced Hotel is a great option for a stay in Santiago, Chile.

It was an emotional day. I was coming to the end of my adventures in Chile. Just one night remained… and here I was checking into Su Merced – a boutique hotel in the centre of Santiago.

I stumbled across the hotel during an intense hotel research session. It had great reviews. Sitting just outside the top 10 of ALL the hotels in Santiago on Trip Advisor, it seemed to have won people over. Guests were returning time and time again and I just had to find out why.

Located in Lastarria, moments from The Singular (a wonderful hotel I stayed in just a week or so before), the area is perfect for a few days exploring the city. In amongst the grand historic buildings, cool cafes, and lush parks, it’s a great spot, and architecturally – the hotel had been an exciting project.

Exterior of Su Merced Hotel, Santiago, Chile
Exterior of Su Merced Hotel, Santiago, Chile

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REVIEW: Villa Mansa Wine Hotel & Spa, Lujan de Cujo, Argentina

Lush gardens, ancient vines, bright blue sky with pool to match, a gourmet restaurant and views of the snow-capped Andes… Villa Mansa is a secret hideaway in the heart of Mendoza’s wine country.

After escaping the traffic of downtown Mendoza, we found ourselves in the  picturesque countryside, passing several upmarket hotels, wineries and mansions along the way. My main reason for wanting to visit the region was for the Malbec, but on top of the incredible wine, it turned out to be a great spot for a bit of R&R. Villa Mansa is at the end of a long, narrow drive, which opens out onto several rows of beautiful grapevines and antique wine making equipment.

Villa Mansa Hotel with a backdrop of the Andes Mountains
Villa Mansa Hotel with a backdrop of the Andes Mountains
Vines and old wine-making equipment at Villa Mansa Hotel
Vines and antique wine-making equipment at Villa Mansa Hotel

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