Azul River Gorge, Patagonia
The Lodge at La Confluencia is a premier example of sustainable tourism development. Perched 200 feet above the Azul River Gorge, the lodge is a harmonious melding of nature-inspired design and eco-conscious construction. It accommodates up to 14 guests in unexpected luxury for its remote location. Rooms feature warm wood interiors, rustic native slate and stonework, king-size beds and en-suite bathrooms. Public areas, defined by heavy log beams and stucco-plastered straw bale walls, are both dramatic and cozy at the same time. A large Finnish-style wood stove warms the entire space with ambient, energy-efficient heat, while radiant heat floors keep the yoga/relaxation lounge inviting. Outdoors, a sauna and two cedar hot tubs adjoin the spa on the expansive wooden deck overlooking the river. Dining at La Confluencia is as memorable as the accommodations, as the resident chef creates delicious meals from organic, products grown on the farm, including fruits and vegetables, fresh milk, eggs and meat, and homemade bread baked from whole grains harvested and stone-ground on site. Guest revenues benefit the wider project at La Confluencia, which is a teaching and demonstration center for sustainable living methods.