I visited Bolivia before a business trip to Sao Paulo so I finally could admire the Salar de Uyuni. Uyuni town is a town which doesn’t offer much and is still far from the salar and that’s why I searched a salt hotel just next to the Salar de Uyuni. Luna Salada Hotel Salt & Spa is a luxury hotel made of salt on a small hill overlooking the Salar de Uyuni. My experience at this property I will share with you and I’m sure you will agree this is a great place to stay at; but first let’s start with a short video introduction.
Luna Salada Hotel is a luxury hotel made from salt which makes a stay a unique experience. It’s located about 45 minutes from Uyuni but a shuttle is provided and the hotel offers everything you would need during your stay. The Salar de Uyuni starts just in front of the hotel which gives magnificent views like the sunset when I just arrived from Potosi.
Check-in was very smooth and the friendly staff showed me my room and made sure the luggage was quickly delivered to my salt room. The lobby leads to the several wings with rooms and gives also access to the bar, restaurant, and other common areas. Wi-Fi is only available in these common areas as the thick salt walls prevent the signal from going through. Who needs Wi-Fi anyway in a place like this? Luna Salada Hotel is a luxury hotel to relax and become one with nature. I really relaxed at the hotel and I’m sure you will too.
The rooms at Luna Salada Hotel
The rooms at Luna Salada Hotel are all made of salt but the main walking area is covered with wood. There are rooms with a full salt experience too but I preferred have the main area covered. It’s back to basics without TV and Wi-Fi but the view is just as good as a TV. The main colors are white (salt) with blue (sky) decorations and artwork in local style. All the furniture’s framework is made of salt but for the rest is as normal furniture. The bed is large and has a quality mattress with comfortable pillows; I slept like a rose.
In the bathroom, you will find a spacious shower and luxury amenities. Tiles cover the walls to prevent that the salt washes away; I wouldn’t want to be showering when the wall disappears. I expect from luxury properties to have a good climate system which was very good at the Luna Salada Hotel. Temperatures vary a lot from sunshine in summer to -20 degrees Celsius in winter so a good climate control is necessary. I enjoyed my stay in my room with a view on the Salar de Uyuni; there is nothing more beautiful than waking up by warm sunrays and seeing the endless salar.
Facilities at Luna Salada Hotel
Luna Salada Hotel has several facilities including a spa with steam room and baths. Various treatments are offered and professionally carried out using quality products including those based on salt from the Salar de Uyuni. I really enjoyed my treatment which made me relax even more. I also enjoyed a private day tour on the Salar de Uyuni which was arranged by the hotels tour agency. I can really recommend taking this tour as it also includes a bottle of wine and delicacies while watching the sunset. It’s a unique experience I can guarantee you. I can’t think of anything I missed; oh wait; maybe a (heated) outdoor infinity pool looking over the salar would be cool. I don’t know however if there is enough interest for it by the guests. My stay at the Luna Salada Hotel was perfect with a great spa treatment and a memorable trip over the Salar de Uyuni.
Dining & Drinking at Luna Salada Hotel
As the Luna Salada Hotel is quite far from town you need to have lunch and dinner at the hotel. I was a bit worried at first that due to this fact prices would be high but on the contrary, they were very affordable. All dishes are of the best quality I had in Bolivia and certainly fall into the category of fine dining. I loved the Lama steak medium rare paired with a good bottle of Bolivian wine. Breakfast has a large choice of dishes and eggs are prepared on order; I love my sunny side up eggs. Luna Salada Hotel uses local produce which I think is always a pro anywhere in the world.
In the evening, you can relax in the common seating areas throughout the corridors of the hotel with a nice drink; for me a gin-tonic. There is also a bar but as I visited in low season it was very quiet there so I enjoyed more the cozy seating places around the hotel. Good quality of food and perfectly prepared dishes make me want to return! The best however was the pre-dinner aperitive on the Salar de Uyuni while the sun was disappearing behind the volcano’s in the far distance. A magnificent experience arranged by the Luna Salada Hotel.
If you visit the altiplano of Bolivia or more specific the Salar de Uyuni I highly recommend staying at the Luna Salada Hotel. It’s totally built from salt and blends perfectly with nature. It offers luxury dining, spa and tour facilities which will take all your stress away. I loved the lama steak and other local produce including the Bolivian wine which I didn’t have before. A luxury place far far away on a high altiplano which still can offer all that a luxury place should deserves from me a high recommendation. I hope to visit Luna Salada Hotel again in the future when I’m in the area; much more to see!
If you would like to know what you can do in and around Uyuni then see one of these options: day tour of the Salar de Uyuni. I will add more destination information over time. Stay tuned for more stories and subscribe to the newsletter or follow CTB on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram including Instagram stories; on all social media you can find CTB @christravelblog) to get updated information.
Gallery of Luna Salada Hotel
**All opinions are based on a genuine stay. I’m not affiliated with the hotel**