Hi M. Haven't been there. I was reading some reviews on TA and was a little on the fence???? Would be great to hear from someone from our community about the property. The location is further south that The Cliffs. Would love to consider Remota and I see the dates to visit go into 2011!
mountie and bonniejoy3, in doing research for our family trip to Patagonia, Remota was one of the properties we considered. We exchanged a number of emails with travelers who had stayed at the property. These contacts were provided by a travel agent we used. The travel agent was kind enough to provide with several hotel options in the region. Although we were pleased with the information other individuals provided, we ultimately altered our travel plans and bypassed Remota in favor of Explora. Explora was much more expensive, but we felt the central location inside Torres del Paine was more important than price.
I have looked at the TA reviews on Remota. Mixed reviews are not uncommon, especially when involving extreme destinations. I always consider the reviewers prior travel experiences. Bad reviews often mean little more than a misunderstanding on the part of the traveler.
I guess all I have to do is look at the name of the property, REMOTA. If it were centrally located, it probably would have been named CENTRALIA. But wait, Centralia is the name of cities in Illinois, Washington and Pennsylvania and probably other places as well.
I'm still wondering if anyone in the community has actually been to the resort. Seems far enough away from where the earthquakes are happening to consider as a destination.
mountie and bonniejoy03, let me add one more point about Remota. I doubt most people who would have occasion to stay at this property would do so with the intent of it being their onlydestination. By that, I mean, most people going this distance and it is a great distance from virtually everywhere else in the world, would be incorporating it simply as a rest or stopping point.
In our case, had we been following a different itinerary, we might well have chosen Remota. We were perfectly satisified with the wide selection of excursions offered and the pricing is favorable compared to many other choices in the general region.
I would suggest to both of you, consider what else you plan to do and where else you plan to visit and then see how the location of Remota fits in.
Maybe someone who has actually stayed at Remotawill pop up here and be able to better answer your questions.
I have not stayed at Remota, but I believe it is in Puerto Natales, which I did pass through. One thing to know (and please forgive me, this information was based on a very short drive through the town on the way to Torres del Paine) is that Puerto Natales is a pretty small town, including a port. It is quite dramatic and one thing that struck me was that it looked like an enormous roiling otherworldly lake to me due to the color of the water from the glaciers. However, I remember driving at least a couple of hours past Puerto Natales to get to Torres del Paine so just be prepared, I'm pretty sure you aren't going to see the dramatic Cuernos or Gran Paine from your hotel room at Remota.I was intrigued by the different excursions that you could go on according to their website. While at Explora, we did see some native drawings and archeological sites, so this area must have lots of archeological value.
So, I'd be tempted to go try out Remota, but the excursions might take a bit of additional travel time.
Message Edited by ngallag on 04-05-2010 03:03 PM
bonniejoy30, I checked into flying down to Remota and have decided it is too remote for me. If I visit Chile, I think I will stay more to the middle or northern part of the country. Right now, Peru is looking a little more interesting. What about you?