I owe my mother the urge for caring for others; for having everyone around the table; for sharing.
Nothing is more rewarding than the gratitude of someone for your concern about them; perhaps it is why I chose to follow a career in the service and hospitality industry. I believe that, through the simplest actions, we can make a person feel welcome, important, happy.
I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and started my career working there for great companies and hotels, learning from some of the best professionals. Then, at some point, I decided I’ve had enough of the big city and moved to Mendoza. After a couple years working for a great property in the Uco Valley I moved to Ushuaia and experienced Patagonia first hand. A place like no other indeed.
Now, with the Andes by my side (as they have been for a while), Awasi gives me a new opportunity to share with guests the magic of these mountains, the life that thrives in the Atacama Desert, its ancient history, and the hospitality of its people.
A Chef’s Life
The delicious world of Juan Pablo Mardones
I have been working at Awasi Atacama since 2007. I arrived with Maureen, who is now my wife and the Awasi pastry chef.
I am driven by the challenge of cooking for guests who have eaten in some of the best restaurants in the world.
I hope that we may be able to surprise them with an ingredient or preparation which they have never tried before.
From Football to Bedsheets
The life of Isidora Mendoza, Chief Housekeeper
“I’m the boss of all the housekeeping staff but I also love playing football. To make the perfect bed the important thing is to pull the sheets tight, carefully fold the top and bottom and tuck them in tightly. Then you have the perfect bed.
For both my housekeeping and football teams, the most important thing is communication and team work"
Choose to be a traveller, not a tourist.
Seek the hidden corners, don't follow the crowds.
Follow your desires, not a schedule.
Travel with those you love, avoid big groups.
And have your own...
The Importance of People
"Awasi Atacama is always a real hit, principally
because the staff are very switched-on"
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