Nestled in Chile’s Colchagua Valley, this 4-villa residence is a classic, elegant, relaxed slice of paradise. Keep reading to discover Knowmad Co-Founder, Jordan Harvey’s, favorite things about this incredible property.
Clos Apalta Residence at Lapostolle is probably my personal favorite winery hotel in all South America, even when compared with the likes of world-renowned The Vines and Las Cavas of Mendoza, Argentina. It’s a stretch to call Apalta a ‘hotel’, as it really is just 4 private villas with a main house and expansive outdoor spaces where meals are taken. Every meal here is a perfectly executed experience that makes a foodie out of the most die-hard street food lover (insert me 🙂 ).
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BIGGEST WOW MOMENT Popping a chilled Sauvignon Blanc on your deck’s 270-degree view of the Colchagua Valley from your expansive private villa.
INSIDER TIPS, INS & OUTS There are just 4 villas, which are all scattered up the hill from the main house and common areas. They’re a short walk and there is a golf cart that will take you back and forth very easily. It is a nice walk, though, so if you would like that ability but aren’t as mobile, requesting a villa closer to the main house would be wise.
To work off those Relais & Châteaux meals, I recommend taking the complimentary bikes for a ride through the vineyard.
In this case, going ‘all inclusive’ is the best value. This includes all meals, which truly are an experience but not too heavy-handed, visits to neighboring vineyards (choose Neyen; it’s mind blowing), the quirky and super interesting Museo Colchagua, and Santa Cruz town.
THE BIG PICTURE Where and how it fits into a trip: Most stays will be 2 nights/3 days. Often, as Chile is spread out into far-flung regions, travelers will be returning from Patagonia, Easter Island, Atacama, or the Lakes District. If returning from Patagonia or Easter Island, I prefer to overnight in Santiago, then make the 3-hour drive the following day, visiting another wine valley and vineyard for lunch and tour/tasting en route. If arriving from Atacama or the Lakes District, you can take a late morning/early afternoon flight and then it makes sense to go direct rather than overnighting in Santiago. Either way, I suggest saving the tour of Lapostolle winery for your final day as most will be flying out internationally late that night, so you’ll have some time after check-out before transferring back to Santiago, and the tour post-lunch is ideal.
Apalta Residence stays also work really nicely to relax and unwind after your long flights, so on the front end of a trip as well.
getting to CLOS APALTA RESIDENCE It’s an approximately 3-hour drive south from Santiago. Recommended by private transfer (toll roads from Santiago).
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Happy Adventuring! Jordan
Jordan is a Co-Founder of Knowmad Adventures, a company dedicated to creating unique, private and custom trips in South America. He has been honored as a Condé Nast Traveler Experience Maker for Patagonia, and has won Travel + Leisure’s prestigious Top Travel Specialist for Patagonia, Chile, Argentina, Peru, and Ecuador/Galapagos countless years in a row. “Travel brings me incredible experiences and challenges, highlighting the world’s natural beauty while connecting me with inspiring people. I am convinced that travel makes us better people, and better people make a better planet.” Read Jordan’s biography and more about the Knowmad team.