Built entirely out of its famed surrounds, this is the world’s first salt hotel
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Activity adventure | Desert | Natural world | Unique & unusual
Bolivia's Uyuni Salt Flats – the world’s largest – covers over 4,000 square miles, comprising giant cactus islands and fluorescent, flamingo-troubled lagoons. While the dry season sees it entirely arid, the wet season sees it covered in a thin sheet of water that perfectly mirrors the vast blue skyscape and the horizon’s Andean peaks. It’s a true natural wonder. And, set on the eastern ‘shores’, Palacio del Sal is perfectly poised for exploring it all, complete with panoramic viewpoints.
Comprising a collection of innovative salt igloos, the rooms are set under great domed salt ceilings. In fact, everything from the walls and the floor to the tables and chairs are made from the salt blocks. The salt sculptures, dotted throughout the hotel, are an atmospheric touch. While it certainly forms a rustic, designer minimalism, bright fabrics ensure colour pops against the stark white walls. There’s also individually controlled electric heating and thick duvets, ideal for keeping out the 12,000 feet-above-sea-level cold as en suite private bathrooms come complete with amenities and that all-important hot water.
Palacio del Sal’s signature El Mesón restaurant makes use of local ingredients to showcase traditional dishes that combine gourmet sensibilities with classic authenticity. Tuck into flame-grilled meat delicacies as you enjoy a range of quinoa dishes, often complemented by tender lamb. Start the day with a buffet breakfast of freshly baked breads, fruits and cold dishes and, if seasonal menus allow, end it with the signature salt-rubbed roast chicken from the hearty buffet dinner – ideal after a day spent exploring.
While the hotel is more concerned with making the most of its world-famous setting, you will find a games room, bar and viewing point. Play a game of pool, relax by the fireplace with a drink or climb the salt staircase from the lobby to a 360° view of the salt flats. Make the trip up at sunset to watch as a kaleidoscope of colours erupts over its spread. Lastly, while you’ll want to explore the volcanoes, lagoons and pan on hikes, bike tours and jeep excursions, the WiFi will help you stay connected in this remote destination.
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