A superb combination of elegance, warmth and a welcome atmosphere envelop you the moment you arrive at Vira Vira, a luxury hacienda built to showcase the stunning natural surroundings.
All of the rooms, both suites and the larger villas are spacious. The clever use of light woods and hand-woven textiles keeps a cosy and warm feel to each one. The large floor-to-ceiling windows maximise on the beautiful views and surrounding nature. The villas are a short distance from the main building, accommodation is split-level, there's even a wood-burning stove and outdoor hot-tub. You'll feel like you're in your own lakeside getaway, miles from anyone or anywhere. There is also the 5 bedroom hacienda, occupied on a sole-use basis. It comes with a private chef and guide - perfect for multi-generational travellers or a small group. It was once the owners home, so you can expect a high standard of finish.
The food at Vira Vira is excellent. Carefully planned menus based on the farm-to-table concept, offer balanced lunches and dinners with a mix of local and international recipes. Ingredients are sourced from the organic vegetable gardens, the on-site cheese factory and local producers. The day starts with a healthy and scrumptious buffet and superb dishes continue through lunch and dinner.
Whilst there is no pool, the river runs right by the lodge and there are a couple of hot tubs and a spa, along with a yoga studio, there are plenty of places to enjoy a little relaxation. With so many excursions on offer, sit down with your fantastic local guide and discuss your options, it's a sure-fire way to get the most out of your stay here - you may even wish you had stayed a little longer.
Open: Launched on September 1st 2018, AndBeyond Vira Vira is open all year round.
Location: Vira Vira is in Chile's Lake District just outside Pucon. From Temuco airport you transfer by road (1h40). Helicopter transfers of 25 minutes operate in peak season for an additional cost. You can fly into several other local airports though the road transfers are longer.
Rooms: There are 6 suites, 12 villas and one 'sole use' Hacienda. All have been built using natural materials and are individually decorated with unique artefacts and tapestries. Suites are spacious and comfortable with large en-suite bathrooms and views of the estate or the Liucura River. The villas are larger with split level living. Panoramic windows showcase the views. There is a fireplace, large bathroom, spacious terrace overlooking the river and an outdoor tub. The 5 bedroom Hacienda is perfect for families or small groups travelling together. The master bedroom has an outdoor hot tub. 3 of the remaining 4 bedrooms are en-suite. There's an open plan living/dining room, terrace, and a family room on the second floor. Guests staying here have a personal chef and private excursions. All rooms have safe, wifi, underfloor heating, telephone, hairdryer
Activities: You have an initial meeting with a guide to plan your day to day activities, revolving around your preferences. Possible activities include trekking, horse riding, mountain biking, white-water rafting, seasonal fishing (catch and release), kayaking, bird watching, vegetable garden and onsite cheese factory tour, skiing and snowboarding (seasonal) snowshoeing, yoga, stand-up paddle boarding, cultural mapuche experience, floating on the Liucura River. Optional activities include spa treatments, ascent of the Villarrica Volcano, scenic flight over the volcano, heli-hiking, heli-biking, hot springs, snowmobiling, husky dog sledding. (Some activities are seasonal so please check with us).
Facilities: The lodge has a restaurant (see below) and a bar serving local beers and Chilean wines among other beverages. There is a shop, library, massage room, 2 hot tubs, yoga studio and wine cellar. The lodge has an organic vegetable garden and an onsite cheese factory.
Dining: The restaurant serves dishes made from carefully sourced natural products. Ingredients are sourced from the farm or from local producers. The team create delicious 3 course lunches and 4 course dinners with a southern Chilean flair.
Children: Children over the age of 6 are welcome in the Suites and Villas. Child minding is available at an extra cost. A private guide must be booked at an additional cost. The lodge becomes adults only between 17 December and 15 January. Families with children of any age can book the exclusive Hacienda at any time.
Health: There is no malaria in Chile.
Communication: There is wifi internet access and telephones in all guest suites.
Notes: The lodge accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diner's Club credit cards.
AndBeyond are known for their sustainability initiatives and this is evident at Vira Vira. They make use of solar panels for heating water, waste and waste water is recycled, organic waste reused on the farm, lodge is 100% heated by certified wood pellets, lodge is lined with recycled and certified wood, veg garden provides organic produce for the kitchen.