Vacations & Travel - - Contents - BY SUE WAL­LACE

From Patag­o­nia, Easter Is­land and the Ata­cama Desert, Chilean ho­tels are known for their style.

From glam­orous yurts to stun­ning ho­tels in Patag­o­nia, Easter Is­land and the Ata­cama Desert,

Chilean ho­tels are known for their style.

Star sta­tus ar­chi­tects have taken in­spi­ra­tion from the spec­tac­u­lar and var­ied en­vi­ron­ments and land­scapes in Chile to cre­ate breath­tak­ing bolt­holes that wow guests from the mo­ment they ar­rive.

Some com­pete for at­ten­tion with the stun­ning wild land­scapes they are nes­tled into, while the city slick­ers re­flect a chic ur­ban style and lux­ury touch.

Whether it is in Patag­o­nia in the south­ern tip of Chile, or down­town Santiago, the cap­i­tal and largest city that is sur­rounded by the snow-capped An­des and the Chilean

Coast Range, there are some amaz­ing ho­tels on of­fer.

The dra­matic land­scape of Patag­o­nia where the wilder­ness rules, has been the im­pe­tus for cre­ative ho­tel de­sign that sees guests re­luc­tant to leave, while Chile’s wine re­gion has its own star ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Here are a few of Chile’s best ho­tels that have guests plan­ning to re­turn even be­fore they have packed their bags and handed in the key.


Where: Chiloe North­ern Patag­o­nia

High­lights: This mag­nif­i­cent bou­tique ho­tel is lo­cated on Chile’s sec­ond largest is­land in Patag­o­nia, Chiloe, where the scenery sim­ply takes your breath away, no mat­ter where you look. The 12-room bou­tique ho­tel is dou­bling in size soon due to pop­u­lar­ity and like its sis­ter prop­er­ties, Tierra Ata­cama and Tierra Patag­o­nia, it of­fers ex­cep­tional ex­pe­ri­ences and per­son­alised ser­vice for guests. The new rooms are set to open in 2017.

The lodge’s dis­tinc­tive ar­chi­tec­ture matches the breath­tak­ing sur­round­ings of the area and guests can horse ride, ex­plore the fjords and tour lo­cal fish­ing vil­lages. There’s also a spa for in­dul­gent treat­ments.

The lodge has its own boat, the Wil­liche, for nav­i­gat­ing the in­land wa­ters and dis­cov­er­ing the charms of the ar­chi­pel­ago.


Where: Puerto Bories Patag­o­nia

High­lights: This mag­nif­i­cent re­sort was once a cold stor­age plant built in 1915 that took 10 years to ren­o­vate and re­store. It was res­ur­rected by fourth gen­er­a­tion rel­a­tives of the plant’s founders and is a cel­e­bra­tion of its her­itage. The 57 rooms and suites fea­ture cus­tom-made, hand-crafted fur­ni­ture and spec­tac­u­lar views. The lux­ury re­sort of­fers amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ences in­clud­ing trekking, sail­ing fjords, kayak­ing, fly-fish­ing and moun­tain bik­ing. Din­ing is an ad­ven­ture fea­tur­ing re­gional recipes and fresh pro­duce. An eco-spa is per­fect for un­wind­ing af­ter a busy day of ex­plor­ing on horse­back or nav­i­gat­ing rivers by kayak. In a nod to the past, the ho­tel’s re­stored wooden dock sits over the Fjord of Last Hope from which ships once took wool to world mar­kets.


Where: Pucón

High­lights: Named af­ter a lo­cal an­cient medic­i­nal herb, known as the herb of life, this ho­tel soothes the soul and in­spires. It is set on a 23-hectare na­tive park along the shores of the Li­u­cura River and of­fers a per­fect haven in which to re­lax and un­wind.

Sur­rounded by na­tional parks and vol­ca­noes, in­clud­ing the ma­jes­tic vol­cano Vil­lar­rica, it has ho­tel rooms, villa suites and ha­cienda rooms – some with hot tubs over­look­ing the river. The spe­cial Ruca Suite is lo­cated in the mid­dle of a na­tive for­est over­look­ing the la­goon.

This Re­lais and Châteaux ho­tel fea­tures ‘The El­e­gance of Ad­ven­ture’ pro­gram that in­cludes an all-in­clu­sive stay with daily ac­tiv­i­ties. Din­ing is also an ad­ven­ture here with a fab­u­lous menu of re­gional pro­duce.


Where: Colch­agua Val­ley

High­lights: The La­pos­tolle Res­i­dence fea­tures four mag­nif­i­cent in­di­vid­ual ca­sitas nes­tled in the forested hill­side of the Colch­agua val­ley, Chile’s pre­mier wine­grow­ing re­gion. The ex­clu­sive win­ery and lux­u­ri­ous bou­tique lodge is sur­rounded by gar­dens in­clud­ing na­tive plants of the area and there’s a pool. Alexan­dra Marnier La­pos­tolle, great-grand­daugh­ter of the cre­ator of Grand Marnier, is the force be­hind the win­ery and ho­tel. A team of chefs cre­ate a spe­cial menu for each wine, us­ing or­ganic veg­eta­bles from the gar­den and top-qual­ity sea­sonal

prod­ucts. The Re­lais & Châteaux prop­erty of­fers bik­ing through the vine­yards and you can trek along the 500 hectares of na­ture trails in the Apalta Hills above the Res­i­dence. A win­ery tour and pri­vate tast­ing is also of­fered.


Where: San Pe­dro de Ata­cama

High­lights: Awasi means home and this place is cer­tainly an amaz­ing home that re­de­fines rus­tic chic. Lo­cated in the an­cient trad­ing town of San Pe­dro de Ata­cama, the Re­lais and Châteaux prop­erty has just 10 rooms that come with a pri­vate guide and 4WD so guests can ex­plore at their own pace. In­spired by Pre-Inca ru­ins and a lo­cal his­to­rian, the round-shaped henna-hued adobe struc­tures trans­port guests to an­other world. The self-con­tained havens fea­ture a pa­tio, so­lar­ium, plus out­door and in­door show­ers. Ex­cur­sions to the Ata­cama Desert re­veal gey­sers, val­leys, canyons, pet­ro­glyphs, gi­ant cacti, flamin­gos, vi­cu­nas and foxes.

The open-air res­tau­rant serves so­phis­ti­cated An­dean fare and cook­ing classes are also of­fered. There’s also 6,000 hectares of pri­vate es­tate to ex­plore and re­lax.


Where: Easter Is­land

High­lights: Mag­nif­i­cent views of Easter Is­land’s coun­try­side and the Pa­cific Ocean are a fea­ture of the ho­tel lo­cated close to the is­land’s main town, Hanga Roa. The 30 lux­ury rooms are per­fect havens af­ter a busy day ex­plor­ing the is­land. Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude more than 20 dif­fer­ent guided hikes, bike rides and fish­ing and snorkelling ex­plo­rations, in groups of a max­i­mum of eight. They range from easy to ex­pert with dif­fer­ent du­ra­tions in­clud­ing half or full day. The ho­tel has an out­door swim­ming pool, a Jacuzzi and an an­ces­tral sauna that’s per­fect for re­lax­ing. The is­land’s lan­guage, mu­sic and many tra­di­tions are kept alive by the is­land’s in­hab­i­tants, while the enor­mous carved stone Moai are tes­ti­mony to their mys­te­ri­ous past.


Where: Lake Toro

High­lights: This is the first lux­ury camp in South Amer­ica fea­tur­ing 18 fully-equipped yurts with heat­ing, en­suites and pri­vate ter­races. From within the lux­ury yurts, guests can hear the sound of wind or rain while gaz­ing at the stars right from a

com­fort­able bed. The area has a rep­u­ta­tion as one of the most beau­ti­ful land­scapes in the world.

The re­sort has been de­signed to tread lightly on the en­vi­ron­ment and the en­tire com­plex is built on wooden piles with in­ter­con­nect­ing walk­ways. The build­ing sys­tem helps pre­serve the na­tive plants, shrubs and trees that have grown in the area for hun­dreds of years. It is also a bird lovers’ haven with dozens of birds cu­ri­ously ob­serv­ing guests. Five- to eight-day pro­grams are avail­able.


Where: Bellav­ista Santiago

High­lights: Built in 1923 and known as the Red Cas­tle, the el­e­gant pri­vate home was re­stored in 2013 as a bou­tique ho­tel. It fea­tures orig­i­nal fur­ni­ture, re­stored fire­places, wood­work and de­sign el­e­ments that re­flect a 1920s style with fab­u­lous com­fort. It is lo­cated in the lively Bellav­ista area near Pablo Neruda House, Pa­tio Bellav­ista and the Fu­nic­u­lar to the sum­mit of San Cristóbal Hill. There are 19 lux­ury rooms, a wine bar, and two restau­rants. Rooms fea­ture spec­tac­u­lar views of ei­ther the snow-capped An­des, down­town Bellav­ista, or Plaza Mori. Vin­tage and mod­ern de­sign ef­fort­lessly mix to cre­ate Castillo Rojo’s cozy but so­phis­ti­cated at­mos­phere. The beau­ti­ful gar­dens fea­ture open spa­ces and ter­races that are per­fect for re­lax­ing in be­fore re­tir­ing to one of Santiago’s most iconic build­ings.

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