Surrounded by the Salt Mountains Range (Cordillera de la Sal) in the midst of Chile's Atacama Desert, this 42-room luxury retreat is an unlikely oasis in a landscape that seems to extend endlessly in every direction. Guest rooms are simple but spacious and feature comfortable beds, local crafts as decorations, and private patios looking onto the attractively landscaped native gardens. Meals that showcase local cuisine and ingredients are served with Chilean wines in the main dining room or on one of two outdoor patios. Six outdoor pools and a world-class spa help make this a true getaway. The hotel organizes excursions tailored to all skill and fitness levels, from mountain biking and trekking to sightseeing and astronomy tours (climate conditions depending). Try their less conventional local gastronomy tour or the energetic walk through the cactus gorge. Rates might invoke some sticker shock, but prices do include all meals and drinks, daily excursions, transfers to and from Calama Airport, spa access, and use of mountain bikes. A bed-and-breakfast-only rate is also available. All water is taken from a well beneath and later recycled, making this one of the most sustainable hotels in the area.