Elqui Domos was born in 2005 to fulfill its owners desire to observe and enjoy the grandeur of the skies of the Elqui Valley.
We realized that the forms and philosophy of the geodesic constructions, domes, were perfect for our objective and it was thus that we defined the basic requirements for the final design: the bed should be located in the upper floor, close to a detachable roof that can be opened up to watch the stars in bed. This, while providing all the comfort needed in the room so that nothing may disturb the sensations that such an experience can produce.
Five years after the opening of Elqui Domos, we decided to expand its installations adding four cabins called “observatories”, whose architectural design achieved similar effects to those of the domes with regards to observing the skies while lying in bed and also being able to enjoy the different views of the valley.
This year, we decided to go one step forward on innovation: we built an astronomic observatory within the hotel site. This observatory consists of two domes that house Ceslestron telescopes with CGEM equatorial German frames, one of 8 inches and the other of 9 and a quarter inches. They are Schmidt-Cassegrain type telescopes. The domes are motorized and there is a digital camera for the observation of the moon and planets. This enables us to enjoy having an observatory of excellent quality just a few steps away from the rooms.
Elqui Domos aims at being a magical destination for resting, introspection and observation. We look forward to providing a mystical experience at the breathtaking Elqui Valley.