In the Torres del Paine National Park, on the Chilean side of Patagonia, you feel as if you are at the end of the earth. Hotel Salto Chico is a five-hour drive south from Punta Arenas, the world's southernmost city. But it's worth the journey. The only piece of land in the 51st latitude is so wild you can experience four seasons in a day.

The hotel is a haven of comfort, with floor-to-ceiling windows allowing you to drink in the view, a swimming pool and outdoor hot tubs overlooking Lake Pehoé. Every evening, guides discuss expeditions over a pisco sour. You can ride through the pampas with gauchos, or trek to the towers from which the park takes its name. The enthusiasm of the staff is infectious - no matter the weather, you get up and go.

WOW FACTOR: Easing aching muscles in the sauna, then plunging into the alpine lake.

FLIGHT TIME: From 24 hours via Santiago.

GO: Exsus (020 7337 9010; offers a seven-night trip with five nights full board at Hotel Salto Chico from £3,995 per person, including flights, transfers and activities.