Awasi, Patagonia, Chile

Torn between safari and South America? Awasi Patagonia has the solution: safari-style excursions with private guides, luxury standalone lodges for romantic seclusion, and mind-blowing views of the Torres del Paine mountains.

Spend the day traversing rivers in your 4WD, kayaking around icebergs, taking a boat trip to the dramatic Glacier Grey, hiking, biking, horse riding with gauchos, and even puma spotting. Then it's back to your lodge (a log house with a corrugated roof that gleams brightly in the immense forest) for a soak in your hot tub.


Evenings are spent sipping pisco sours alongside huge wood-burning stoves. The food at this Relais & Châteaux hotel is to die for - Patagonian lamb, organic vegetables from the garden, and slow-cooked Wagyu beef. Wash it down with a Chilean red as you lap up the views.

WOW FACTOR: Awasi's tailor-made service offers treats like delicious three-course lunches at gaucho outposts, and helicopter rides over the mountains.

GO: A villa costs from £2,425 per person for three nights, all-inclusive; Air France-KLM ( return flights to Santiago start at £592

FLIGHT TIME: 19 hours, 30 minutes