During your stay at Tierra Chiloe you have the opportunity to experience present day island life and to learn about the archipelago’s rich culture and traditions. You also have time to savour fine cuisine, enjoy spa treatments and admire ocean views as you relax at the hotel. The hotel itself is a striking example of modern architecture, constructed of local materials, inspired by traditional island dwellings and incorporating 21st century energy efficient systems.
Your time here is precious and at the outset you are greeted by one of the in-house guides who presents the range of available activities, allowing you to select the ones that most appeal to you. Energetic options like hiking, biking, horse riding and kayaking are balanced by island excursions and yacht cruises, all undertaken in small groups led by an experienced Tierra Chiloe guide.
Accommodation is in en-suite rooms and suites with something of the feel of a cosy cabin, albeit a luxury version, with wooden walls and floors and large windows. Thoughtful touches like bathrobes and hand knitted slippers help you feel at home, and you can even take the slippers home as a souvenir of your holiday.
The main lodge includes a large lounge and dining room, both with floor-to-ceiling windows, and a terrace where you can relax over a chilled glass of wine. The food is based on local produce, including fresh fish, and is impeccably presented. In downtime at the hotel you can treat yourself to a sauna, a soak in the jacuzzi or spa treatment, and there are both indoor and outdoor pools for relaxing swims.
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Open: Tierra Chiloe is open from the beginning of September to the beginning of May each year.
Location: Tierra Chiloe is on the Isla Grande de Chiloe, the main island of the archipelago, in northern Patagonia. You can fly to Puerto Montt, from where it’s a 3 hour transfer, including a ferry ride of 45 minutes, to the hotel. Alternatively you can fly into Mocopulli airport in Castro, the capital of Chiloe followed by a 30 minute road transfer to the hotel.
Rooms: There are 24 rooms and suites. Rooms have wooden walls and floors and picture windows overlooking the Pacific Ocean or Pullao Wetlands. Facilities include central heating, Wi-Fi, easy chairs, a safe, hairdryer, bathrobes and hand-knitted slippers, the last of which you can take home with you. The en-suite bathroom has a shower and bath, with some rooms having whirlpool baths, and toiletries. 10 rooms are interconnecting, and make good family accommodation. The 2 suites are larger with a lounge area, and similarly equipped.
Activities: There are many activities to choose from: hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, yacht trips, kayaking, island excursions and specialised visits, and on arrival you meet one of the guides and together draw up a personalised list of activities for your stay. You are encouraged to meet local people including farmers and fishermen and learn about island culture. You can also visit the local town of Dalcahue, where there are souvenir shops, a handicraft market and church, which you can reach using a hotel bike or vehicle transfer.
Facilities: The hotel has a restaurant (see below) and a bar serving Chilean wines and other drinks, and has a terrace with an open fire. There is also a lounge, a TV room and reading room. Uma Spa has a sauna, steam room, indoor pool and a treatment room for massages and body wraps. There’s also an outdoor swimming pool. The hotel has organic gardens and its own beach. There is a market within the hotel, based on local island markets.
Dining: The chef celebrates island and ocean produce, with tasty breads and seafood featuring prominently on the menu. The restaurant’s picture windows look out over the grounds and water.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome, and activities can be tailored to suit children and families. Baby-sitting can be arranged on request. Health: There is no malaria in Chile.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access throughout the hotel.
Notes: The hotel operates an all-inclusive package which includes return airport transfers from Mocopulli and Puerto Montt airports, shared excursions (1 full day or 2 half day per day), breakfast, lunch, dinner and house drinks, use of the pools, sauna and jacuzzi. The hotel accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards, and there are ATMs in Castro, a 30 minute drive from the hotel.
Visit the contrasting landscapes of Chile; experience the Atacama desert, Chiloe Island and the jaw-dropping scenery of Patagonia and Torres del Paine.
Tierra Hotels seek to minimise their impact on the local environment and work in harmony with local communities. Tierra Chiloe works hard on its 20 hectares of grounds and uses traditional agricultural practises to grow native crops. The adjoining Pullao Wetlands are home to many species of shorebirds, and Tierra Chiloe co-operates with the Centre for Conservation and Study of Natural Heritage (CECPAN) to promote sustainable management of the wetlands. The hotel has close ties to the local community, many of who work at or for the hotel. Energy efficient systems are used such as thermopanel windows, natural cross ventilation and renewable biomass energy for heating.