Did you know there’s a hotel in Bolivia made entirely out of salt? It’s true, and with its romantic views from its place on the edge of Salar de Uyuni, Palacio de Sal is the perfect place for you (and your special someone) to enjoy a romantic escape to South America.
Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat in the world—in fact, many go so far as to call it a natural wonder. Floating amidst the Andes in southwest Bolivia, this prehistoric lake of bright-white salt, rock formations and cacti-studded islands spans 4,086 square miles.
And inspired by his surroundings, architect Juan Quesada Valda decided he wanted to build a hotel entirely made of sodium chloride, the first of its kind. In 1988, that dream came to fruition, and Valda built a 48,000-square-foot salt hotel Bolivia with 21 standard rooms and nine well-appointed suites. All of the walls, ceilings, tables, chairs, beds, and even the igloo-shaped ceilings are made from cubes of table salt, and for a touch of modern convenience, free WiFi is available throughout the salt hotel Bolivia. Every room or suite has its own private bathroom, hot and cold water, a telephone, a small sitting area and heat, and the nine suites even have extravagant soaking tubs.
When it comes to the amenities, Palacio de Sal—which literally translates to “salt palace”—doesn’t disappoint. The hotel restaurant, El Meson, is filled with tuxedoed waiters swirling around with breakfast, lunch and dinner, from the restaurant’s specialty, “Salt Chicken,” to cream of asparagus soup and a robust wine list. A spiral staircase leads to a lobby with comfortable seating, walls and floors all made of salt. On the second floor, there’s an observation deck that looks right out onto the salt flats, and a recreation area with leather chairs and a pool table that sits on top of four salt pillars. If you’re there in the winter, don’t worry about the cold; there’s a fireplace that keeps everyone warm.
Staying in this salt hotel Bolivia has its benefits: For one, it’s unbelievably beautiful. Two, its location outside of Salar de Uyuni means guests have incomparable views of the world’s largest salt flat. And finally, while eating too much salt can be bad for you, being around it actually has incredibly healing properties: like improving your breathing, mood and sleep
Palacio del Sal is a true gem in South America, and for so many reasons, it’s the perfect place to spend time letting your love grow.