Thursday, 16 August 2018

Avoid Winter and Head to Santiago

A Buzzy Southern Capital
Santiago, Chile
When it starts to get cooler at home, there’s nothing like escaping to the Southern Hemisphere. With a colorful spring starting in September and summer in December, it’s worth considering how to head south for the winter, now. Santiago, a destination that rests at the foot of the Andes Mountains, is experiencing a boom in more ways than one and perfect for your winter migration. From Chilean gastronomy to luxury hotels, parks or wine bars, this capital city is a top buzzy destination.
Santiago is home to the tallest building in Latin America: The Gran Torre Santiago. With 64 floors, this skyscraper reaches 984 feet high.
@La Chascona
La Chascona
When craving history or even romance, visiting a home owned by the revered poet, Pablo Neruda, is a must. From the wild garden to the excessive interiors, La Chascona house is a living representation of Neruda’s ability to create dramatic romance, mesmerizing words and intricate spaces. Neruda, the Nobel-winning poet, exuded deep passion and his soulfulness is found in his three Chilean homes.

@Parque Metropolitano
Parque Metopolitano
A classic tourist requirement of visiting Santiago? Riding the funicular to the top of Parque Metropolitano. Not that we want you to appear as a tourist—no, no—but we do want to make sure you knock the musts off your to-dos. If for nothing else than a good photo opp with panoramic views of the Chilean city. With endless trails, botanical gardens, a winery museum, a zoo, swimming pool, a thick forest and a beautiful summit, this is the most popular park for tourists (and residents!) in Santiago.

"Santiago, a destination that rests at the foot of the Andes Mountains, is experiencing a boom in more ways than one..."
@Ritz Carlton
Ritz Carlton Santiago
Set in the heart of Santiago’s business capital, El Golf (i.e. making this a great spot for meetings), it’s easy to be confused about what city you’re in when entering the Ritz, as the interior is decorated with the trimmings that many have become accustomed to with this luxury property. However, upon stepping onto the rooftop pool, all that confusion quickly dissipates with the view of the Andes (Tip: Take in the view while soaking and sipping a pisco sour). While their wine bar, Wine 365, has enough wine to try a new Chilean variety every day of the year, we prefer to sample a few at a time with tapas by Michelin-starred chef, Sergi Arola at Arola 100°, during the evening wine hour. We’re also bringing “wine hour” home with us.

@Hotel Magnolia
Hotel Magnolia
With only 42 rooms and set in a 1920s mansion, this property is a boutique oasis in the heart of the city and the historic center of Santiago. Harlequin-tiled floors, marble staircases and modern artistic rooms ranging in design from Scandinavian wood paneling to painted Chilean fauna, this newly renovated hotel shouldn’t be missed. If you only have time for drinks, head to the seventh-floor rooftop lounge for a nightcap—of what else? —a pisco sour.

@Restaurante 040
Restaurante 040
Chef Sergio Barroso worked at El Bulli—do we even need to continue? With an impressive resume, Barroso is a rising star and part of a new group of chefs, helping to bring Chilean cuisine to levels that it hasn’t reached previously. This sleek restaurant serves up inventive, molecular specials, one after another, and has been rated one of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants by San Pellegrino. 040 is currently only serving a surprise tasting menu, but in the past, dishes have ranged in complexity from a sous vide egg yolk with glazed peas to chicken stock with bacon foam.

Another name on San Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best list is Ambrosia. For an eclectic, fresh, market-to-table experience, chef Carolina Bazán blends French and Chilean flavors for something uniquely her own—which along the way has won her Chef of the Year in Chile. This is bistronomy at its best: haute cuisine with a relaxed air. Ask for a table in the courtyard and don’t miss a sea urchin dish—whether Bazán presents it in a tart or over purée, it’s worth it.


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