There’s no doubt about it, accommodation plays a huge role in the enjoyment of our holidays, and while the best places sometimes cost a little more than we had budgeted for, they can leave a lasting impression, and turn a great travel experience into something truly memorable.
Image source: Luna Salada Hotel
The Luna Salada Hotel in Uyuni, Bolivia, is one such property. Holding prime position at the edge of the world’s largest salt-lake Salar de Uyuni, this magnificent hotel is constructed entirely from salt blocks, with salt floors, salt dining tables, salt chairs, and even salt beds, which are beautifully complemented with vibrant woven fabrics, locally made arts, and all the creature comforts one would expect such as hot running water, WIFI, and fabulous local cuisine.
A popular hotel choice for those visiting Salar de Uyuni on their way from Chile to Peru, or vice-versa, the Salar de Uyuni is often described as one of the most remarkable vistas in South America, and once you have seen it for yourself, we think you’ll agree.
It’s a mystical, magical landscape that offers the most amazing photo opportunities, and those lucky enough to stay at the Luna Salada Hotel get to enjoy the most incredible panoramic views of the salt-lake while enjoying breakfast, or while watching the sun go down with a Pisco Sour or glass of local vino.
As it is quite a distance from the bustling town of Uyuni, where most budget travellers tend to stay, the Luna Salada Hotel is fully self-sufficient with a great restaurant, plenty of little nooks with comfortable seating areas and roaring open fires, a spa when one can indulge in a range of treatments, a TV room, a handicraft store, a bar, and even a whirlpool where you can relax after a long day exploring the surrounding area.
There are a great choice of tours and activities too, including a day trip to Incahuasi Island, a visit to Tunupa Volcano, sunset and stargazing tours, and for active travellers, there are hiking tours and bikes for rent.
Staying at the Luna Salada Hotel is not cheap when compared to the budget accommodation in Uyuni Town, but is an experience that shouldn’t be missed. It’s wonderfully aromatic, incredibly quaint, and quite unlike anything else you can expect to see during your trip of South America… but don’t take my word for it, take a look for yourself…