The first luxury lodge to come to Chile’s second biggest island, Tierra Chiloé opened in 2012 and became a member of the Tierra hotel group in 2014. Designed by Chilean architect Patricio Browne, the hotel looks like a boat on stilts and was inspired by the homes of local fishermen, which take the same form and are known as palafitos. The exterior is made from picturesque larch wood shingles—a building technique that’s very typical on Chiloé and is seen on the famous UNESCO World Heritage churches that dot the islands.
Inside, guests find more wood. The hotel’s walls and ceilings are made from local cypress. The decorations are locally inspired with plenty of handicrafts such as wicker baskets, handwoven rugs, and wooden carvings. The focal point is the meadow and Reloncaví Sound below, where the hotel’s boat is harbored. Large windows line the building on both floors and provide excellent views. Guests can relax in a small spa, a winetasting room, or a book-filled upstairs studio upstairs. The open fire outside makes a perfect spot for an end-of-day pisco sour.
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Along with the opening of this hotel, 2012 was also the year that the Chiloé Archipelago opened its first airport, so now the mainland is easily connected to the islands with frequent 15-minute flights from Puerto Montt. Chiloé seems resistant to the hand of time. Islanders have a strong tradition of mythology and legends, and most live rural lives in colorful shingle houses dotted across the countryside. Activities available from Tierra Chiloé include biking, kayaking, boating, horseback riding, and hiking. A big highlight for many is visiting some of the island’s 150 wooden churches, 14 of which are UNESCO protected. Another fascinating spot is the sunken forest at Chepu.
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Rooms: 12 rooms. From $1,150 for two nights, all-inclusive based on double occupancy. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: The restaurant spreads across the ground floor, and the full-length windows draw the eye outside to lovely views. Most of the menu is locally sourced with starters such as corn soup or fresh mussels. Main courses also incorporate the catch of the day where possible, but there are also classics like steak or grilled chicken with peppers. Spa and gym details: There is a small spa with a sauna, steam room, large Jacuzzi (fits eight people), and a massage room.
Who's it for: Families, couples, or groups of any age. Excursions are tailored to interest and agility, and they range from relaxing boat rides to challenging hikes. Tierra Chiloé is perfect for those who want to see the UNESCO-protected shingle churches in style. Our favorite rooms: The rooms are nearly the same (two are slightly bigger, allowing space for an additional bed) with views overlooking the hillside and the water. Explore the area: Ride horses along the beach below the hotel and stop off at the tiny beachfront shop to buy some typical Chilote knitwear.
Room feature panoramic views over the ocean; locally sourced rugs, throws, and crafts; hair dryers, slippers and robe; safe box; reusable water bottle
Bathrooms have showers, Jacuzzi tubs, and L'Occitane products
Meals and Drinks
All-inclusive program includees meals and open bar. Food is inspired by the traditional dishes of Chiloé and utilizes locally sourced produce. Bar features regional wines, beer, and classic cocktails.
Facilities include reading, dining, and living rooms, an excursion area, TV lounge, terrace, and outdoor lounge with fireplace. There is also a relaxation area with Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room.
Rooms are designed and built to be one more element of the natural landscape while evoking the island’s vibrant and ancient culture... Its simple, natural, first-class architecture is a harmonious combination of traditional Chiloé craftsmanship and modern design, employing fine woods with a cutting-edge vision that simply astonishes visitors.