“Relax and spoil yourself at one of Chile's best spa hotels, stunningly located on the shore of a fjord amid ancient forests”
The rooms have been carefully crafted from local timber, all with balconies and panoramic views of the bay. Spread among the main buildings of the complex, they're all a short walk from the restaurant, reception, communal rooms and indoor spa area, and within 150m of the outdoor pools. All have ensuite bathrooms with hot water fed by the natural thermal springs (though it may be a little lukewarm at first).
There are 30 rooms, all but one of them Superior Rooms. These are quite large, with space for a desk, a pair of wicker armchairs by the window, a choice of twin or kingsize beds, and space for an additional bed in some rooms. They all have an attached bathroom with either a tub or a shower, and a balcony offering glorious views over the bay. With their colourful abstract artwork, wooden panelling, carpeted floors, fresh flowers and huge soft duvets, they're cosy and comfy rather than stylish.
There's also one much larger suite called Captain Suite, with a rather alarming wooden statue of a full-size stork, and a picture of swirling sealife above the bed.
The restaurant is light and airy, with a number of tables overlooking the bay. Weather permitting, there's a patio where meals can be taken with the waves lapping onto the shore under your table. Mealtimes are fixed and guests are usually offered a 3-course set menu, typically a soup or salad to start, followed by a choice of seafood or meat (we had a good steak), accompanied by a selection of vegetables. There's also an enticing array of fresh shellfish and fish, including home-smoked salmon, and imaginative salads created from whatever is ripe in the garden or greenhouse. Desserts are homemade tarts or pies - we enjoyed a fantastic lemon meringue. Everything we ate was fresh, artistically presented and delicious.
Vegetarian and other diets can be catered for, and special plates can be prepared for children.
The wine list is extensive, and the house wines are carefully chosen and very drinkable. There is also a fully-stocked bar, adjacent to the main lounge with its huge fireplace, small library, comfortable chairs and sofas and enormous window overlooking the bay.
For breakfast there's a European-style buffet (the owners are of German origin after all) with fresh coffee, tea, hot chocolate, juices, cereals, yoghurt, cheese and a range of breads and pastries. Cooked dishes are also on offer for those with hearty appetites.
Children are welcome and there's plenty for them to do, including the thermal pools (indoor and out), canoes/kayaks, walks, swimming in the bay (a little icy...), cycling excursions and playing pool. Babysitting and cots are available. However, in our opinion it isn't ideal for kids - there's nowhere to really ‘play’, as the forest is very dense and the seawater very cold. The baths don’t welcome rowdy behaviour and most of the rest of the guests will be older or romantics seeking tranquility.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting available by arrangement
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking