Need to know
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.
If you quite fancy Tierra Chiloé, take a look at its Smith-approved Chilean siblings: Tierra Atacama and Tierra Patagonia...
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.
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.
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.
The hotel has its own boat, the Williche, for navigating Chiloé’s inland waters.
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.
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.