Hotel AWA is owned by an architect and its bold design, which uses exposed concrete, glass and state of the art techniques, complements its natural setting by the shore of Lake Llanquihue. The interior uses local materials including wood, volcanic rock and flagstones, reinforcing the links with the environment, and the combination of traditional craftworks and modern art underlines the continuity of past and present.
Guest rooms and suites are thoughtfully designed and decorated to provide all you need in an unobtrusive manner. Air conditioning and a fireplace mean you can maintain the temperature of your choice regardless of the weather. There's free wifi for keeping in touch with the outside world as you sip a chilled drink from the minibar and take in the lake views through the huge full length window. The bathroom includes an indulgent whirlpool bath as well as a shower.
The Lake District is a superb place for outdoor pursuits and there's a whole team of guides to lead walks, bike rides, kayak trips and rafting tours. You can also visit local indigenous groups and villages occupied by the descendants of some of the region's original German settlers. Pick and choose your excursions, with the help of a guide, to make the very best of your time here.
The spa comes into its own when you return from exploring, as you relax with a massage, sauna or a gentle swim in the heated pool. Food is a key part of the Hotel AWA experience. Produce including fruit and vegetables is carefully cultivated in the organic garden and other ingredients are sourced locally. All are used to make meals that are largely based on regional recipes. The sommelier is able to recommend wines to suit each dish. In the bar staff conjure up signature cocktails for you to enjoy at your leisure as you mingle with other guests.
Open: Hotel AWA is open all year.
Location: The hotel is on the shore of Lake Llanquihue in the Lake District. It is a 20 minute drive from the town of Puerto Varas. The nearest airport is Puerto Montt, about an hour away.
Rooms: There are 15 rooms made up of 11 superior rooms (46sqm) and 4 suites (75sqm). There are twins and doubles. All have a floor to ceiling window overlooking the lake, TV, complimentary wifi, minibar, air conditioning, fireplace, safe and en-suite bathroom with a shower and jacuzzi bath. Suites also have a sitting room with a sofa bed.
Activities: The hotel's guides offer a range of excursions and activities from which you can choose those that best suit you. These include hiking, kayaking, rafting, fly fishing, bird watching, cultural visits to local communities and trips to archaeological sites. These can be booked and paid for locally, unless you are staying on the all-inclusive option in which case they are included and are booked as private, rather than shared, excursions. The hotel has bikes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards for guest use. Scenic flights by light aircraft and helicopters can be arranged at extra charge.
Facilities: The hotel has a restaurant (see below), bar, lots of sitting areas, books to browse through and gardens. The organic garden includes herbs, vegetables, fruit trees plus local shrubs and trees. There are plans to install bee hives and introduce free range hens. The hotel spa comprises an indoor heated lap pool, deck with loungers, sauna, steam room, hydro-massage pool and massage room. Yoga sessions can be arranged. There is a small gym.
Dining: Cuisine draws on traditional recipes, and many of the ingredients used are grown in the hotel's organic garden. Menus are changed regularly. Breakfast is a buffet, and there is a large choice of Chilean wine to accompany dinner.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome, but there are no specific facilities or activities for children.
Health: There is no malaria in Chile.
Communication: There is complimentary wifi internet access in guest rooms.
Explore three contrasting regions of Chile, with varied tours led by local guides, as you experience desert, lake and mountain scenery.
Hotel AWA has a strong commitment to the local community and is a member of the Conservatorio de Musica y Bellas Artes del Sur (COMBAS), a non-profit organisation promoting musical and artistic projects in Puerto Varas and the surrounding area. They also aim to source products that are made as locally as possible, including the produce they grow in their own organic garden, and choose suppliers that have a good environmental record. The hotel has a water treatment plant, and kitchen waste is made into compost for the garden.