December’s Destination Design takes you to , a new hotel deep within the Archipelago of Chile, on the island of Chiloé in Patagonia. Seriously enticing. The 12-room lodge, which opened in September 2012, was built by Santiago architecture firm . The hotel building is a shingled, horizontal structure that sits atop a glass base, combining traditional Chiloé craftsmanship with modern design. Perched on a hilltop, with a water view of the Rilan Bay, and a glimpse of the Andes Mountains, the idea is to be at one with nature, but very comfortable, of course. The rural setting offers opportunities for sailing and horseback riding, as well as treks through the rain forest to visit over a dozen UNESCO World Heritage sites. Refugia even has its own vessel for excursions that was built by local shipbuilders.
What: Where: San José Playa, Castro, Chiloé Island, Chile
How much? $530 for a double
Highlights: You can visit a penguin colony.
Design draw: Serene accommodations in a modern space, in the midst of rugged, natural beauty.
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