So where is Chiloé Island, anyway? The hotel describes its location as "...perched atop a rolling hill with beautiful views of the Reloncaví Sound and the snowcapped peaks of the Andes in the distance, just 20 minutes from the capital city Castro." Taking a broader, less flowery view, we'll explain that it's in the south of Chile but north of Patagonia, a large island off the coast with Puerto Montt the nearest major airport, thought the smaller Castro Airport is even nearer..
The really cool thing about the Refugia Lodge is that all of its interior elements were handmade by local artisans, of which Chiloé Island has no lack. The area is known for its woodworking, though Refugia takes it to an avant-garde level with rooms and public spaces that look (we think from the photo gallery above) primed and ready for a spread in something like Wallpaper.
[Photos: Refugia Lodge]