What: A Patagonian sanctuary designed by the world-renowned architect firm behind the Opéra Bastille in Paris, Carlos Ott.
Where: Design Suites Calafate is located in the highest upper area of the Nimes peninsula in southern Argentina.
Why: By using local Patagonian wood and blending it with local rock to make it look as though the hotel has grown up from the ground, it’s obvious that the intentional endeavor was to harmoniously fuse the building with nature—something that becomes more apparent the more one moves around within the hotel: the floor-to-ceiling windows, the swimming pool that flows from the inside of the building to the outside, the superb use of natural light and, of course, the dominating, breathtaking view of Largo Argentino and the mountains behind. Apart from the obvious outdoor excursions of visiting the surrounding countryside, guests have the option of staying indoors and visiting the in-house art gallery, which showcases works by local Patagonian talent; relaxing in the sauna; working out at the health club; or dining in the superb restaurant and wine bar.