Chiloé, Chile

Tierra Chiloe Hotel & Spa

Style

Chilote champion

Setting

Off-the-radar Rilan Peninsula

Prepare to have your metaphorical socks knocked off every which way by Tierra Chiloé Hotel & Spa, an eye-widening, jaw-dropping architectural wonder tucked away on intriguing Chiloé Island. Prepare to play captain and boatswain: the hotel has its own boat, the Williche, designed for navigating Chiloé’s inland waters (there’s a fleet of sea kayaks, if you want to set sail for unconquered lands or a strip-off-secluded cove). There’s plenty to please landlubbers, too: minimalist interiors where wood and wool take starring roles, a soothing spa, a relaxed dining room where all meals are served and expert in-house guides, on hand to lead your adventures. The best bit of all? Rates are all inclusive, so you won’t faint with horror at checkout...

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Twelve.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.

Also

If you quite fancy Tierra Chiloé, take a look at its Smith-approved Chilean siblings: Tierra Atacama and Tierra Patagonia...

Hotel closed

Tierra Chiloé closes for winter (dates vary annually). The hotel is usually open from October until April.

At the hotel

Wooden boat to nip you to other islands (yes, really); gardens; alfresco fireplace; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: desk, hairdryer, bathrobe and slippers.

Our favourite rooms

Opt for number 12 on account of its double-whammy windows: one overlooking the bay and the hotel’s fields; one overlooking local wetlands.

Spa

The Uma Spa, perched on the second floor, has a sauna and steam room, massage room and a Jacuzzi with space for up to eight bottoms. Deckchairs are positioned by the windows, so you can soak up the Pullao-wetland views. We loved Uma’s Luxe bath treatment, featuring rose petals and goat’s milk (trust us on this one); you can also unwind with an ache-soothing hot-stone, reflexology or deep-tissue massage.

Packing tips

Bring blister-proof hiking shoes, linen for hot days, cashmere for cool nights and a spicy cologne. Leave some space in your case to take home some traditional hand-spun wool, dyed naturally with plants and vegetables.

Also

The hotel has its own boat, the Williche, for navigating Chiloé’s inland waters.

Children

Little explorers can come too. The hotel’s activity programme is suitable for children; guides go out of their way to include them. Full-size cots or wooden crib beds can be added to rooms; the common areas don’t present any challenges for pushchairs.

Eco‐friendly

Tierra Chiloé is eco-conscious to the core: its building was constructed using sustainable local materials, including an exterior cladding of wooden shingles. Earth-kind light bulbs are used throughout; seasonal produce stars in the restaurant. Guests are encouraged to experience the region’s natural attractions while they’re here; activities on offer include cultural trips, boating, horseback riding, biking, trekking and nature observation.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Grab window seats, so you can admire the local horses grazing while you eat.

Dress Code

Modern-day explorer.

Hotel restaurant

Like the rest of the hotel, the restaurant is inspired by nature and the region: lamps that look like sea urchins; plenty of wood and stone; furniture built by local artisans; floor-to-ceiling windows that put the great outdoors centre stage. Similarly, the menu is rooted in Chiloé, sensibly maximising the island’s surf-and-turf bounty: try gnocchi made from Chilean potatoes or pulmay, a traditional meat-and-shellfish stew. Other local specialities to look out for include Caulin oysters, crabs from Quellón, milcao and chapalele (traditional pancakes) and apple cider. The region’s food is hearty and comforting – the perfect fodder for adventures.

Hotel bar

There’s a small bar inside the hotel, but most guests prefer to take their drinks (try one of the signature sours) to the alfresco fireplace...

Last orders

Dinner is served until around 10pm; breakfast is on offer between 8am and 10am.

Location

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Address
Tierra Chiloe Hotel & Spa
Quilico Rural S/N, Sector San José, Castro
X Región
Chile

Planes

Castro Mocopulli is the closest airport, 27 kilometres away (a half-hour drive). There’s also El Tepual Airport in Puerto Montt, a three-hour drive from the hotel. Transfers are included in the hotel’s rates.

Automobiles

You definitely don’t need wheels, since hotel transfers are included in rates; if you still want to make your own way here, Castro is the closest town, half an hour away. The hotel has plenty of on-site parking space.

Worth getting out of bed for

The hotel’s activities are geared around its incredible region: cultural excursions, boating, horseback riding, biking, hiking or just leisurely exploring are all options here. Group excursions are limited to eight people at a time, to ensure that guests get the most out of the hotel’s excellent guides. Don’t miss a trip in the Williche, the hotel’s boat, which will take you out on an adventure amid the archipelago’s canals and fjords. Admire Chiloé’s distinctive architecture and colonial-era wooden churches in nearby Achao, Chonchi and Quinchao, declared World Heritage sites by Unesco. The building technique used for these churches was passed down by the Spanish Jesuits, during the conquest more than four-hundred years ago; you won’t see the palafitos (typical constructions on stilts above the water) or larch-shingled houses anywhere else.

Local restaurants

Rates include all meals at the hotel restaurant – stay put and dig in...

Reviews

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Anonymous review

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 adventurous hotel in Chile and unpacked their binoculars and pen-knives, a full account of their island break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Tierra Chiloé  Hotel & Spa on Chiloé…

We’ve always had a soft spot for a hotel with a boat – and we’re not ashamed to say it. Nobody would blame you if you snuck onto the Williche, Tierra’s handsome vessel, to set sail for secret coves and bays and never return; Chiloé is a bonkers-beautiful spot, after all. That said, it would be a big shame to miss out on Tierra Chiloé’s dry-land charms, which aren’t exactly insignificant. The hotel’s architecture alone deserves a ‘cor blimey’ or three: its dazzling structure is perched like a big wood-and-glass bird that has paused temporarily to admire Chiloé’s archipelago views. Things are just as good inside: contemporary interiors that star local, natural furnishings (picture little curios and objects fashioned from reeds, plus plenty of wood and wool), a snug little spa and a relaxed dining space, where delicious local dishes are served. Best of all, rates are all inclusive – so there’ll be no nasty surprises on departure.

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