Subarctic Oasis

Luxury softens a remote outpost in Patagonia

As I arrived at the hotel at the end of the world in the middle of a rainstorm, a waitress was positioning a gleaming silver ice bucket to catch the drops from a leaky roof. I knew this place had class.

Such attention to detail is just what German del Sol had in mind when he designed the 30-room Explora hotel five years ago. "We wanted to create a place for tourists to spend a week without worrying about survival or unnecessary sacrifices," he says of his $7 million retreat in the windswept Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, a...

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