Reachable only by boat, Puyuhuapi Lodge & Spa has incredible views of virgin forest, mountains, and water. The Aysén region is one of the least accessible, less touristy areas of Chile, and it’s really worth going the extra mile. The hotel was created by businessman Eberhard Kossmann, who in 1986 sailed with his family through the fjords south of Puerto Montt. He fell in love with this spot and by a stroke of luck was offered to buy the plot of land a few years later—and so began his first venture into tourism.
Built from local wood, Puyuhuapi Lodge & Spa sits alongside the Termas de Puyuhuapi (Puyuhuapi Hot Springs), and all the hotel’s hot water and heating is sourced from the thermal waters. Guests spend days exploring this beautiful part of Chile on excursions that range from hiking and kayaking to bird-watching and trips to glaciers. Evenings are spent soaking in the hot springs and relaxing in this picture-perfect wooden lodge on the waterfront.
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Aysén is the least known and most untouched part of southern Chile. Very few tourists travel the Carretera Austral, and those who do mainly rent a car and explore without a guide. The landscape is rural, rustic, and unbelievably beautiful. Many visitors say the mountains, fjords, and glaciers are more stunning than the famous Torres del Paine National Park to the south. Highlights in the area include bird-watching, hiking, visiting glaciers and, if you travel farther south, visiting the Marble Caves at Lake Carrera and the remote village of Caleta Tortel, which has no roads, only wooden walkways.
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Rooms: 30 rooms, from $125 per night. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: It’s a wonder a restaurant this remote can source ingredients to serve the range of delicious dishes on offer at Puyuhuapi. The food is comforting and traditional, and portions are generous—think steak with mashed potatoes. Spa and gym details: The spa has a large swimming pool, but the main focal point for wellness seekers are the three open-air thermal pools on the edge of the fjord. Spa treatments range from hot stone massages to algae baths and wraps.
Who's it for: Travelers who want comfort but also have a sense of adventure and a love of untouched flora and fauna. Tailored towards couples, groups, and families. Our favorite rooms: The Captain’s Suite with its incredible views over the lake. Guests feel like a captain at the helm of their very own ship. Getting there:The hotel is accessible only by boat, so make sure to write down the ferry crossing times.