The buzz on Chile is bigger than ever and it's no surprise why: this South American hotspot is home to some of the most up-and-coming hotels and lodges. We don't use the term "bucket list" lightly at Craft but can assure you that these five properties don't disappoint on providing the experience of a lifetime. From gnome-like treehouse hotel rooms to luxury wine villas, our list of Chile's Top Five Lodges has you covered.
1: Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve (Lake District)
Ever dream of living in a treehouse, or maybe even inside a tree like the Gnomes? Make your childhood fantasy a reality at Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve, a National Geographic World Legacy Award winning property nestled within the national park bearing its same name. This Northern Patagonia property may look like a fairytale (just check out their Magic Mountain building and you’ll know what we’re talkinga about) but their action-packed adventure itineraries are meant for all ages. Trekking, sledding, rafting…this place has it all!
2: Patagonia Camp (Torres del Paine)
One word: YURTS. How better to experience the awe-inspiring landscapes of Southern Patagonia than by sleeping in a luxury tent, equipped with a sky roof for private stargazing all night long. One of just three properties located inside Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia Camp is the ultimate blend of nature and luxury. Set on an idyllic lake, you can enjoy activities like kayaking and fishing from the moment you step out of your yurt. Just a bit further beyond you can explore the Gray Glacier or trek to the base of the iconic Las Torres peaks, all without ever leaving your personal playground/national park.
3: Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira (Pucon - Lake District)
Like Huilo Huilo, this property believes in repeating its name twice because it’s just that good! Founded by expats enamored by the beauty of Chile’s Lake District, Vira Vira has quickly become one of the most renowned properties within South America. Located in Pucon, this Relais & Chateaux member redefines the all-inclusive experience, designing customized excursion and culinary experiences for each of its guests. Engage your body and mind in sunrise yoga overlooking the lodge’s lake, hike a volcano in the afternoon, enjoy some late afternoon skiing and relax by the fire with a glass of wine chosen from a cellar on par with any Michelin restaurant.
4. Lapostolle Residence (Colchagua Valley - Wine Region)
Yet another Relais & Chateaux property, Lapostolle definitely makes you wonder if you’ve somehow ended up back in Europe. That’s probably because this Colchagua Valley property, run by the great-granddaughter of the creator of Grand Marnier, is the perfect blend of old world elegance and new world adventure. Located just a couple of hours by car from Santiago, Lapostolle can be easily integrated into any Chile itinerary. With only four villas (called “casitas”) on the property, you are guaranteed peace, tranquility and the absolute best of tailor-made service. Oh yeah, and the food is hands-down amazing…surprised?
5. Explora Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
The Explora brand is known for combining extraordinary accommodations (think Patagonia and Atacama Desert) with heart-stopping, tailor-made adventure. Nevertheless we find ourselves quite partial to their Easter Island oasis. Explora Rapa Nui redefines the term “all-inclusive” with an experience fit to transform the body and soul. From customized adventure tours to top-of-the-line toiletries to delicious cuisine and open bar, Explora Rapa Nui will make your visit to Chile’s own Polynesian island unforgettable beyond your wildest dreams.