I landed in Ushuaia – the Patagonian port city nicknamed the ‘end of the world’ – and from the small airport, I taxied to my hotel.
It was around 7 in the morning and when the morning mist disappeared, my house suddenly came into view for the next three days.
Located on a hill with a snow-covered peak behind it, the spaceship-like exterior of the Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa reminded me of a Bond villain’s army. I almost heard a cack floating in my direction.
Sadie stares at snow covered peaks from the heated outdoor swimming pool at Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa
The Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa is located in the Patagonian port city of Ushuaia. It is located on a hill with impressive mountains in the background
The gray sky and the fresh temperature contributed to the ominous feeling as the taxi made its way to the imposing building.
Built in 2014, the curved structure with more than 100 rooms and suites was apparently inspired by the surrounding nature.
It is clad in copper because it is extremely durable in most environments, and this comes in handy with the bustling coastal positioning of the hotel.
The taxi dropped me off. It was eerily quiet and the front door quickly opened to welcome me inside.
Sadie discovered that music was playing underwater while swimming in the outdoor pool
The double superior room Sadie checked in with views over the glittering Beagle Channel
I stepped into the cave and the sleek contemporary design stopped me.
The huge lobby rolled as far as the eye could see with exposed stone walls, a Steinway wing, benches long enough to hold a family reunion, and floor-to-ceiling windows for viewing / spotting approaching secret agents.
After taking a nap on one of the many gigantic couches, a friendly servant who spoke broken English came to tell me that my room was ready.
I was led through the lobby to an elevator, where we buzzed to the third floor and walked through a dimly lit corridor to my room, a double superior overlooking the glittering Beagle Channel.
The steward showed me how the room worked.
Striking features were a gigantic bath with a glass partition through which you could look at the bedroom and a number of rather handy electric shutters.
Sadie found the interior of her room warm and cozy, with wooden floors and an easy-to-use temperature control panel
There is a restaurant in the Arakur where buffets and à la carte meals are served
A clear extra for every self-respecting Bond villain.
The interior of the room was warm and cozy, with wooden floors and an easy-to-use temperature control panel.
After I found my way, I decided to explore some other impressive features of the Arakur – the most important being the heated outdoor swimming pool.
The view from here on the Beagle Channel, the Ushuaia Bay and surrounding mountain ranges was breathtaking.
Just like the sharpening air while I raised my head from the warm water.
When I put my head under the surface, I realized that music was playing, just like a cheerful guest who excitedly told a number of other guests while waving his GoPro.
A sleek staircase in the hotel, with stone walls
The view from Sadie’s room, with the colorful port city of Ushuaia below
The Arakur’s spa also has an indoor swimming pool, sauna and fitness center
Ushuaia is located at the end of the Andes. The next stop? Antarctica
For dinner, Sadie opted for the Parmesan king crab, which came in at £ 13, with a glass of Pinot Noir from the Neuquén province – also well priced at £ 3.50
“I can hear whales here!” he exclaimed.
To forget the era of selfie sticks, I swapped swimming for a jump through the surrounding forests.
Arakur Ushuaia is located in the heart of the Cerro Alarkén Nature Reserve with various hiking trails.
I saw horses through a thicket and managed to get lost several times, but eventually I came back to my starting point with my belly rumbling before dinner.
The restaurant on the ground floor rustles a range of local delicacies and I opted for the Parmesan king crab, which came in at just £ 13, with a glass of Pinot Noir from the province of Neuquén – also a bargain at £ 3.50.
After a few days in the Arakur Ushuaia, I became a willing prisoner.
The only thing that led to a possible escape was a faint smell of sewage that kept fluttering through my room.
The companion promised to fix it, but this ‘fix’ just appeared to spray air freshener, which only masked the odor.
Sleeping with the window option was the only solution.
Fortunately, the only external noise was the sound of horns from incoming ships.
After three days in this luxurious cave I was reluctantly released.
I would like to go back, but unfortunately I don’t come all too often to the end of the world.
The Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa is part of the luxury portfolio of The Leading Hotels of the World.
Rooms start from $ 507 (£ 388) with prices including breakfast, access to the spa, access to the nature reserve and a free shuttle to the city of Ushuaia. Adventure activities can be arranged through the hotel with a local operator Guided tours through design.