Cliffs Preserve PatagoniaWe’ve been adding a flurry of new luxury hotel reviews lately, including this new one of a place we have had our eye on since it opened in late 2007: The Cliffs Preserve in Chile.

Nicholas Gill, who has been stationed in Lima for a while, gives us a rundown on this impressive outpost in northern Patagonia that will really get you away from it all. “Their 8,000-acre private preserve combines vast tracts of temperate rainforest with six miles of Pacific coastline partly intersected by hiking and horse trails.”

This is a place to soak in nature with a view of the sea, taking soft adventure excursions and then retreating to your comfortable villa at night, listening to the sounds of the wind, waves, and birds. “From December to March you can witness the spouts of whales from the lodge, your suite, and even your Jacuzzi tub.”