Decant yourselves to luxury hotel Vik Chile, an art gallery of a stay in Chile’s Millahue Valley, post-haste. This boutique hotel two hours south of Santiago is a chilled-out Chilean retreat for creative oenophiles, with a wavy, Frank Gehry-style roof; eccentric, artist-designed suites; wine-infused spa treatments; and authentic South American cuisine. Floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the property give guests panoramic views of the estate’s rolling, heritage vineyards and the Andes Mountains in the distance. Saddle up for a canter through the surrounding countryside, or meander over to the Vik estate for guided tastings.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $554.40.
Rates include a buffet breakfast at Milla Milla and a welcome drink each. The ‘full experience’ rate also includes lunch (with one glass of La Piu Belle wine), afternoon tea, dinner (with a glass of Milla Calla and two glasses of Vik wine) and activities.
To find the best terroir, owner Alexander Vik tasked a team of oenologists, climatologists, geologists, viticulturalists and agronomists to search South America; they landed on Millahue Valley – known as ‘Place of Gold’ by the indigenous people – for its optimal grape-growing conditions.
The hotel closes annually from 1 to 30 June.
At the hotel
Spa and gym, yoga room, sauna, relaxation lounge and Zen garden, free WiFi throughout, and laundry services. In rooms: iPod dock, minibar (refilled daily), free bottled water, Ecolab bath products and air-conditioning; suites also have grape seed-infused bath products and free minibar.
Our favourite rooms
The four Master Suites occupy each corner of the hotel and have the most wide-angle of views. You can even admire the scenery from the bath tub.
The infinity pool looks out over Millahue valley and lagoon. Take a few leisurely laps, or set up camp on the duo of sunloungers; drinks and snacks can be ferried to you as you desire.
Holistic wellness is the name of the game at Wine Spa, where therapies are designed to renew physical and mental energy. Treatments use Caudalie and Casmara products or oils and unguents made from grape seeds or with anti-inflammatory-infused vines. Fittingly, treatments involve slugs of wine, but on your face and body rather than from a glass – it’s grape stuff. Alternatively, relax as a pair with an aromatherapy massage for two. Afterwards, lounge in the sauna or Zen garden. In-room spa and beauty treatments are also available.
Bring layers for outdoor explorations and your most pensive look and a few in-the-know phrases to bandy around at wine-tasting time.
All common areas and suites are wheelchair accessible, and there’s lift access to all floors. Rooms and bathrooms are not specially adapted for guests with mobility issues.
The expansive outdoor terrace has the best views of the valley, lake, surrounding vineyard and, at night, the twinkling stars.
Breakfasts are brunch-level casual, but dress for a gallery opening in the evenings.
A wall-length wine rack and sturdy wooden tables stand out amid the industrial stylings of restaurant Milla Milla; chef Rodrigo Acuña Bravo focuses on authentic South American cuisine, including traditional barbecue, fresh fish and seafood from the coast at Pichilemu, and locally grown produce, all paired with signature, bottled-on-site Vik wines. Order your wine with Merluza agnolottis (hake and leek in puff pastry) with fresh tomato butter and goat cheese, or fall-apart braised lamb shanks. For dessert, try chocolate panna cotta and wine-poached pear tart with lemon custard – both served with home-made ice cream. Breakfasts at Milla Milla include freshly baked breads and pastries, seasonal fruit, yoghurt, jams, and cheeses, Valrhona chocolate pie and cooked-to-order eggs. Take your second cup of coffee or tea for a leisurely stroll through the Zen garden as the sun rises above the valley.
The restaurant and Vik’s adjacent winery are all the bar you’ll need. Don’t leave without sampling the bespoke red blend.
Milla Milla Restaurant serves breakfast from 8am to 10.30am; lunch from 1pm to 3pm and dinner from 8pm to 10.30pm; it can be taken at Milla Milla Restaurant, on the terrace, or in the vineyard-surveying Pavillion.
While there’s no dedicated room service, the goodies in your minibar are gratis (even the drinks if you’re on an all-inclusive stay).
Art hotel Vik Chile sits by the only winery on the eastern side of the Cordillera de la Costa range in Millahue Valley. It’s in prime position for views of the Andes range.
Santiago’s Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport is a two-hour drive from the hotel; direct flights are available from London, New York, Seattle, Auckland and across South America. Call our Smith24 team and they’ll happily sort out flights and hotel transfers for you.
Vik Chile is a two-and-a-half hour drive south of Santiago, and 45 minutes by car from Chilean wine region, the Colchagua Province. There’s free valet parking at the hotel.
Worth getting out of bed for
Limber up with a yoga session, then borrow a bike and spin around the estate. Head out for a hike – hotel staff will point out the best trails for you – or ride over the hills and through the vineyards on horseback. Bird watching, guided stargazing, and tours of the nearby Colchagua and Cachapoal valleys can also be arranged. Meander over to the Vik winery for a crash course in viticulture, vineyard tours and guided tastings of carménère, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and Vik’s signature red. Back at the hotel, private cookery lessons can be arranged; learn to make traditional dishes to pair with your take-home bottles of Vik’s finest varietals. If you prefer the final product to the prep work, indulge in gastronomic tasting menus, specially-packed picnic lunch, or private meals in the Vik vineyard.
Guests staying on the 'full experience' rate will have a winery tour and tasting, horseback rides, mountain biking and guide-led activities included with their stay.
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 wine-soaked stay south of Santiago in verdant Millahue Valley and unpacked their bottles of red, a full account of their luxury break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Vik Chile…
Just a two-hour drive south of Santiago, boutique hotel Vik Chile sits on a grapevine-garlanded hilltop amid the dramatic scenery of Millahue Valley. It makes a great first impression, with walkways that lead over a Zen-garden-inspired reflecting pool to the hotel entrance. Within, bold artwork by one of Chile’s best-known abstract expressionists vies for your attention – but floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the property pull your gaze out to the rolling vineyards and the distant Andes.
Hiking, riding and trekking await – ask hotel staff to pack up a picnic lunch and point you towards a scenic trail. For more leisurely pursuits, meander over to Vik’s winery and sip on the signature red blend, head to the holistic spa for grape-seed-infused facials or enjoy an authentic South American meal whipped up by the stellar chef.
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