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Tierra Chiloé Shows Us That a Small Carbon Footprint Can Also Be Luxurious

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  Site Where: San Jose Playa, 217 Castro, Chiloe, Chile
August 19, 2014 at 6:55 PM | by | ()

Patagonia, at the southern tip of South America, is undeniably one of the most beautiful parts of the world, with scenery that could actually make us forget to check our email. But not all of us want to experience the best that Mother Earth has to offer from the inside of a tent. And now, pampered adventure travelers won't have to with the debut of Tierra Chiloé, due to open on September 1.

Tierra Chiloé, formerly the Refugia hotel, is located the banks of the Rilan Peninsula in South Chilean Patagonia. With just 12 rooms, the hotel sits unobtrusively low on a hilltop while taking full advantage of the views to the Andes Mountains and the (dormant) Corcovado volcanoes in the distance.

But all you hair-drying, TV watching, bath-soaking guests take note--the hotel was designed to operate almost entirely off the grid, not that there were many other options given the location.

Energy from the sun and the wind help to heat things up and cool things down, and rainwater is harvested for many uses. The hotel was built of indigenous woods and local materials and the interiors feature works of local craftsmen including furniture, area rugs, woolens and other natural yarns.

Each guest room has a sea view, a living room with fireplace, reading room, terrace, and dining room. Other on-site menities include a pool and spa with sauna, steam, massage, and Jacuzzi. Don't worry, there is free Wi-Fi throughout, should you remember to check your email and yes, you can still use a hair-dryer.

Tierra Chiloé is an all-inclusive resort accommodation (where else are ya gonna go?) offering packages from two to seven days. Rates include three meals, limited open bar (beer and house wines only, premium libations are extra,) use of the spa (excluding treatments,) guided excursions, and airport transfer.

Here's a few snapshots showing how great a seriously small carbon footprint can look that also happens to be a luxury eco-destination.

Rates, double: $2,300/2 days up to $7,000/7 days; discounted rates for kids

[Photos: Tierra Chiloe]

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