Today is World Oceans Day, which is particularly important at The Singular properties.
Few countries on Earth are as connected to the oceans as Chile. This beloved homeland is around 4,300km (~2,700 miles) long from north to south, yet is only 177km (110 miles) on average— truly a coastal country. It’s as if land itself can’t bear to be too far from the water—it unfurls latitudinally, a littoral soulmate of the seas.
The connection to the oceans—and really, to all natural water sources— is especially strong in Patagonia. Looking back through history, the waters of this region served as a source of sustenance (both physical and spiritual) as well as transportation for indigenous communities such as the Tehuelche and Mapuche. The “discovery” of Last Hope Sound (along which the hotel is located) was the result of explorer Juan Ladrillero’s search for a Patagonian passage from the Pacific to the Atlantic.
It’s not surprising, then, the ocean will never be far away when guests visit the hotel—in virtually any respect. Glancing at The Singular restaurants’ menu, guests are sure to see superlative seafood dishes such as king crab and austral hake. Many of the thrilling excursions travelers can enjoy revolve around the water, whether it’s kayaking through cloistered channels or navigating the famed fjords aboard a specially-designed watercraft. Even the spa incorporates the seas, with floor-to-ceiling views of the Ladrillero’s famous sound in treatment rooms and in the plunge pool. (Incidentally, the name “spa” itself comes from the Latin phrase salus per aquam, which means “health through water.”)
In fact, views of the water are everywhere on the property, including from each of the well-appointed guest rooms. These vistas are breathtakingly beautiful, of course—but for The Singular, they also serve as a reminder.
A reminder that these waters have given so much to the people of this region for millennia. That the seas that visitors gaze upon in awe were once traversed by great navigators like Juan Ladrillero, and have been the lifeblood of the community since it was settled by the pioneer forebears.
"We never want to forget that it’s our privilege to see it every day, and to share it with our guests."