Tierra Chiloé Chile
Quilquico Rural s/n, Castro, Chiloé
Date of Creation
Opened in September 2014 as Tierra Chiloé, part of the Tierra Hotels portfolio.
Previously known as Refugia, opened in 2012.
Hotel General Manager
Adventure Spa Design Lodge
History & Story
Set on the Rilán Peninsula on the coast of Chiloé Island in the south of Chile, Tierra Chiloé’s sustainable architecture reflects traditional local houses built on stilts over the water. The bold design highlights the ever changing views of nearby islands and the distant mountains on the mainland.
With a warm atmosphere and a friendly team of staff, the hotel invites guests to step back in time and discover a slower pace of life. Interiors are cosy and inviting with hand crafted furniture and textiles made by local artisans.
Visiting the island of Chiloé is returning to a simpler way of living. Islanders live off the land and pass down myths and legends from generation to generation – superstitions abound. Food is farm fresh, with seasonal produce and the catch of the day. Chilean wines complement dishes and local specialities.
Activities include walks, hikes, horseback rides and sailing on our private vessel, the Williche, complete with kayaks and bicycles on board. Guests can discover remote islands, meet the local people and explore the historic Jesuit wooden churches, which are World Heritage Sites.
In the evening, gather around the cosy fireplaces to swap stories and watch the sun set over the distant hills.
With only 12 rooms originally, 12 more are being constructed throughout 2016-17 and plans include a full spa and heated outdoor pool. Services are all inclusive and the focus is on a personalized experience including adventure and discovery of this fascinating destination.
Date added extensions
Building started in June 2016 of 12 additional rooms and full spa including heated outdoor pool. The hotel will remain open while construction takes place and the guest experience will be affected as little as possible. Closed for winter 2017, it will re-open in October 2017 with 24 rooms and full spa facilities.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
Beautiful design and stunning architecture. Amazing views from all rooms and communal areas. Warm friendly service and a “home from home” ambience. Absolute connection with the surrounding area, which gives a real “feel” for the destination. The seamless experience for guests is all inclusive with a wide variety of excursions and food from our own garden and mainly local products (freshly laid eggs, catch of the day, seasonal fruit and vegetables, local seafood, etc.)
Rilán Peninsula on Chiloé Island, southern Chile. 30 minutes drive from the island’s capital, Castro. The nearest town is Dalcahue, 20 minutes drive away. It is a rural area populated by farmers and smallholders.
Key sites/activities in the area
UNESCO World Heritage Site churches, made entirely from wood
Interaction with local people – fishermen, boat builders, farmers, weavers, artisans
The “bridge of souls” an architect’s rendition of a local myth where the dead await their journey to the afterlife.
Horse riding, kayaks, hiking, bike riding, visits to local markets, trips to offshore islands in the hotel’s private boat.
Each of the historic Churches has a « keyholder » who is designated by the Vatican.
Myths and legends abound on the island, look out for the “trauco” who gets local girls pregnant without their knowledge (!) or the ghost ship of the “Caleuche”. La Pincoya is a local siren who lures sailors to their deaths and there are many more mythical figures.
We are a family friendly property with no minimum age. Excursions and activities are adapted to guest’s interests and needs, and there are plenty of activities for little ones, as well as preferential pricing and special offers at certain times of year for families.
• Number of Luxury rooms: 12
• Number of rooms (keys) in all: 12 (currently, as of October 2017 there will be 24 including 2 suites and family rooms. This will be advised at a later date.
Restaurants & Bars
American Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. The Menu changes daily and usually has a choice of 2 or 3 starters, main courses and dessert, using mostly local produce. There is always a vegetarian option, and we can cater for special requirements with advance notice. Also open bar with mineral water, juices and soft drinks, house wines from Lapostolle, Matetic and Errazuriz wineries (7 different types), house spirits and liquors included.
• We currently have a wellness area which has the following facilities
• Sauna, steam room, large Jacuzzi for 8 people, massage room and relaxation area.
• As of October 2017 the hotel will also have an indoor heated pool with hydromassage and an outdoor heated pool.
Corporate & Celebration Events
Total capacity is for 24 guests based on double occupancy. We have a salon which can be used for wine tasting or seminars. Our private boat can also be used for special occasions or even board meetings.
Extra Notable Features
• At certain times of the year it is possible to spot dolphins and penguins off the coast.
• During the Chilean summer months the Hudsonian Godwit arrives from Alaska (after flying non-stop for 2 weeks) – the island is great for bird watchers.
• During the year there are religious festivals celebrating local saints.
Hotel and restaurant Awards
• Andrew Harper Grand Award Winner 2016 Trip Advisor´s Travellers Choice Award 2016
Conde Nast Traveler Hot List
FODOR’s 100 Hotels Award (winner)
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