A stay at the Bond villain lair-style hotel Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa at the ‘end of the world’


I landed in Ushuaia – the Patagonian port city nicknamed the ‘end of the world’ – and from the modest airport, I taxied to my lodge.

It was around 7am and as the morning fog cleared, my property for the subsequent 3 days all of a sudden arrived into check out. 

Perched on a hill with a snow-crested peak looming at the rear of, the spaceship-like exterior of the Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa reminded me of a Bond villain’s lair. I could nearly listen to a cackle waft my way. 

Sadie gazes out towards snow-capped peaks from the Arakur Ushuaia Vacation resort & Spa’s heated open up-air infinity pool

The Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa is located in the Patagonian port town of Ushuaia. It is perched on a hill with imposing mountains in the background

The Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa is found in the Patagonian port city of Ushuaia. It is perched on a hill with imposing mountains in the background 

The grey skies and crisp temperature included to the ominous experience as the taxi wound its way up to the imposing building. 

Designed in 2014, the curved composition with more than 100 rooms and suites was seemingly influenced by the bordering character.  

It is clad in copper, as it is very strong in most environments, and this will come in useful with the hotel’s blustery coastal positioning. 

The taxi dropped me off. It was eerily quiet and the entrance doorway swiftly slid open up to welcome me inside of.  

Sadie found that music played under the water as she swam in the outdoor pool

Sadie identified that new music performed below the drinking water as she swam in the outside pool 

The double superior room Sadie checked into with views over the glistening Beagle Channel

The double superior space Sadie checked into with sights above the glistening Beagle Channel

I stepped inside of the lair and the slick present-day design and style stopped me in my tracks. 

The vast foyer rolled on as much as the eye could see with exposed stone walls, a Steinway grand piano, couches extended adequate to host a loved ones reunion and flooring-to-ceiling windows for having in the perspective/spotting approaching top secret brokers.  

After having a snooze on one particular of the many giant couches, a friendly attendant who spoke broken English arrived to inform me my space was completely ready. 

I was proven by the lobby to an elevator where by we buzzed to the 3rd ground and sashayed down a dimly lit corridor to my home, a double superior with sights about the glistening Beagle Channel.  

The steward showed me how the space labored. 

Eye-catching features included a big bathtub with a glass partition allowing for you to glimpse through to the bedroom and some fairly nifty electric powered blinds. 

Sadie found the interior of her room was warm and cosy, with wooden flooring and an easy-to-use temperature control panel

Sadie located the inside of her space was warm and cosy, with picket flooring and an uncomplicated-to-use temperature command panel

There is a restaurant at the Arakur serving up buffets and a la carte meals

There is a cafe at the Arakur serving up buffets and a la carte meals 

A definite perk for any self-respecting Bond villain lair.

The interior of the place was heat and cosy, with picket flooring and an effortless-to-use temperature handle panel.

Just after getting my bearings, I made a decision to examine some of the Arakur’s other extraordinary functions – the principal one particular staying its heated open-air infinity pool.  

The views from listed here of the Beagle Channel, the Ushuaia Bay and encompassing mountain ranges took my breath away. 

As did the nippy air as I popped my head up from the heat waters. 

As I put my head below the area I realised songs was enjoying, as did a chirpy guest who excitedly instructed some other company even though waving his GoPro.  

A slickly designed staircase within the hotel, with exposed stone walls

A slickly built staircase within the resort, with exposed stone walls 

The view from Sadie's room, with the colourful port town of Ushuaia below

The watch from Sadie’s home, with the vibrant port city of Ushuaia below 

The spa area at the Arakur also includes an indoor pool area, sauna and fitness centre

The spa area at the Arakur also features an indoor pool region, sauna and exercise centre 

Ushuaia lies at the end of the Andes mountain range. The next stop? The Antarctic

Ushuaia lies at the finish of the Andes mountain vary. The following stop? The Antarctic

For dinner, Sadie opted for the Parmesan king crab, which came in at £13, with a glass of Pinot Noir from the Neuquén province - also well-priced at £3.50

For meal, Sadie opted for the Parmesan king crab, which came in at £13, with a glass of Pinot Noir from the Neuquén province – also effectively-priced at £3.50

‘I can hear whales below right here!’ he exclaimed. 

To overlook the era of selfie-sticks I swapped swimming for a skip by the encompassing woodlands. 

Arakur Ushuaia is located in the heart of Cerro Alarkén character reserve with several going for walks trails readily available. 

I noticed horses via a thicket and managed to get dropped many instances but eventually produced it back to my starting off point with my tummy rumbling for meal. 

The lower ground ground cafe rustles up an array of local delicacies and I opted for the Parmesan king crab, which arrived in at just £13, with a glass of Pinot Noir from the Neuquén province – also a bargain at £3.50.

After quite a few times at the Arakur Ushuaia I became a willing captive. 

The only factor prompting a probable escape was a faint smell of sewage that retained wafting by way of my place. 

The attendant promised to correct it, but this ‘fix’ turned out to be merely spraying air freshener all over, which simply masked the odour. 

Sleeping with the window choice was the only remedy. 

Luckily for us the only noise from outside the house was the sound of horns from incoming ships. 

Following three times in this lavish lair I was reluctantly produced. 

I would love to go back, but sadly the end of the environment just isn’t someplace I pass by also frequently. 

Travel FACTS 

The Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa is component of The Top Lodges of the World luxury portfolio. 

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Rooms start off from $507 (£388) with fees which include breakfast, spa accessibility, entrance to the mother nature reserve and a totally free shuttle assistance to the town of Ushuaia. Experience things to do can be arranged by the lodge with nearby operator Excursions By Structure.



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