Immersed in nature, Vira Vira in Pucón faces the forests and mountains of Chile’s Lake District. Rooms, decorated in earth tones and warm woods, face snowy peaks through floor-to-ceiling windows. Modern-day explorers can work with the staff’s team of guides to plan all-inclusive excursions to hike, ride, kayak and trek the terrain. Vira Vira’s commitment to its surroundings includes inventive farm-to-table cuisine at the hotel restaurant, which prepares produce sourced from the gardens, and cheese made using milk from the adjacent farm. Here, nature's bounty overflows.
Guests can book on a B&B rate, half board rate (which includes breakfast and dinner) or go all-inclusive, which covers a lavish buffet breakfast of pastries, meats, cereals and eggs from the farm; excursions; and massages.
Rest assured that you’ll rest well here, thanks to the pillow menu, with options of supportive gel, extra firm, soft and hypoallergenic headrests to suit every noggin.
At the hotel
Gardens, gift shop, on-site parking, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: fireplace, hot tub, free bottled water, desk, individually controlled air-conditioning, Damana bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Spring for a Villa Suite. The most spacious room type, each one features a crackling fireplace, outdoor tub and panoramic windows to take in the scenery. Since the suites are situated on the riverbank, guests can fly-fish from their terrace.
With a day's notice, the hotel can arrange 60- or 90-minute massages, including hot-stone therapies, tension-relieving treatments and relaxation massages that utilise assorted techniques to soothe weary muscles.
Leave heels at home: you’ll need the luggage space for riding boots, hiking boots and sporty sandals.
The common areas are wheelchair-accessible; some villas have been adapted for wheelchair use, including bathrooms on the ground level, and larger rooms.
Little Smiths aged 12 and over are welcome. Horseback rides and nature walks are ideal for children. An extra bed for under 17 year olds can be added to your room at 60% standard rate. Off peak, children pay 75% standard rate for their own room.
Snag a spot by the floor-to-ceiling window for prime views of the water.
Adventure attire should match the rugged views and global flavours in this casual space.
The hotel restaurant focuses on farm-to-table dishes, sourcing nearly all its the ingredients from the on-site gardens or the owners’ nearby farm for Latin American dishes with international touches. The set menu changes daily, but includes home-made cheeses and yoghurts, eggs collected from the on-site chickens and ultra-fresh Chilean seafood in inventive preparations, such as baked bass with fennel and mascarpone sauce. Dishes pair beautifully with bottles from the all-Chilean wine list.
The casual open-air bar pours house-infused liqueurs and snappy takes on South American classics, including a zingy ginger pisco sour.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served from 8am to 10am, 1pm to 3pm and 8pm to 10pm.
A menu of house classics is available for delivery between 8am and 10pm, and includes a daily carpaccio, garden vegetables with house-made parmesan, a burger, pasta and a berry parfait.
AndBeyond Vira Vira sits on the Liucura River in Chile’s Lake District.
The hotel is an hour’s drive from La Araucanía International Airport, also known as Temuco Airport, in Freire. The airport offers connections to Santiago, a 60-minute flight away.
The hotel is a winding nine-hour drive straight from Santiago, though there are plenty of scenic stops along the way. Drivers can take advantage of free on-site and valet parking.
Worth getting out of bed for
Whether you appreciate the surrounds of the hotel for the bucolic views or their promise of adventure, the hectares of green are enticing enough to occupy any guest. The hotel staff harvest and mill wheat from the gardens for home-made bread, and prepare cheese using milk from the owners’ herd of dairy cows. Marvel at the garden-to-table process or dive in with cooking classes for insider intel on how best to utilise some of the local ingredients. The hotel is ideal for outdoor adventurers. Fly-fish on the Liucura River from the hotel grounds, or head upstream for rafting or sailing. Active and dormant volcanoes dot the area, and are open for hikers, including a hike to the summit of the steaming Volcano Villarrica. That same volcanic action means therapeutic hot springs throughout the area, which will help soothe tender muscles if you’ve overdone the adventure.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Pucón and unpacked their fishing gear and Chilean wine, a full account of their country break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Vira Vira…
The great outdoors seems even greater at Vira Vira. In a 23-hectare nature reserve, the hotel opens out to rolling greens, with a river babbling by and a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. The scenery is not just for show: room rates include excursions with dedicated guides to explore the region via horseback rides, treks, rafting trips and dips into the natural hot springs. Closer to home, the gardens and the owners’ adjacent farm provide nearly all of the ingredients for meals, including eggs harvested from the farm chickens, wheat for house-baked breads, and milk for the cheeses made on-site.
The lodge-like rooms don’t compete with the views. Floor-to-ceiling windows maximise outdoor appreciation, and bare woods and locally woven textiles mirror the rugged terrain. Finish the day with a dip in the wood-fired hot tub under stars that seem to shine extra bright It’s a fine way to soak up Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira's natural bounty.