The powerful winds of Patagonia can twist trees into knots and compel condors to fly backward. Awasi Patagonia (www.awasi.com) offers refuge from the gale-force gusts with its setting in a dense forest of lenga and ñire beech trees on a 14,826-acre private estancia near Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. Opened in November by the Chilean hotel group Awasi (known for its desert resort Awasi Atacama in northern Chile), the wilderness retreat sits on the former campsite of Florence Dixie, a British adventurer who explored Patagonia’s peaks and pampas in the late 19th century. Awasi guests returning from a day of adventure—hiking to the national park’s famed torres (towers), riding on horseback across the estancia—retire to one of 12 freestanding villas outfitted with wood-burning stoves and cozy wool and leather furnishings. Each villa comes with its own private guide, allowing guests to explore their surroundings at will.