After a long overnight journey we finally arrived in San Pedro de Atacama, a small town high up in the middle of the arid desert in northern Chile.
On arriving at the hotel, our bags were whisked away and unpacked for us (!), we were given hot towels to freshen up and a delicious cocktail made from a local desert fruit. We were then shown around the hotel grounds. It was amazing – lovely soft chairs around a fire-pit, a restaurant with two fireplaces and a gorgeous pool. The hotel had only eight ‘cottages’ but 46 staff on hand to look after you.
Next we were then shown to our room/cottage…it was bigger than our entire flat. It not only had a huge bedroom with a kingsize bed, a bath, shower, two sinks; but also a private patio with an outside shower.
We eventually dragged ourselves away, to a delicious breakfast of everything you can imagine (where the staff sang happy birthday and gave me a cake), to have a look around the town which was really unique as all the buildings are made from adobe (mud).