The town of Villarrica, Chile, is over 400 years old. It was founded by early Spaniards and throughout its history the town has been destroyed and abandoned many times. Reestablished in the 1880s, Villarrica has been a popular place for tourists ever since, while its population has grown to roughly 50,000.
Villarrica, meaning “rich villa,” or “place of great wealth,” is home to one of Chile’s best kept secrets: Villarrica Park Lake Hotel and Spa, quietly tucked away on Lake Villarrica. Draped in verdant landscapes of flora and fauna, the enchanting picturesque views of the lake and the snowcapped volcano of Mount Villarrica, the Park Lake Hotel and Spa lures guests in and allows them to forget everything and lose themselves in peaceful retreat.
Part of the Starwood chain of luxury hotels, Villarrica Park Lake Hotel and Spa provides a setting with both indoor and outdoor escapes, offering eco-tourism and spa luxury.
Well-appointed guest rooms are inviting and luxurious. Bathed in blues, naturals and greens and constructed of stone and wood, quarters are spacious with all the comforts you come to expect from Starwood. Fine linens on beds, draperies and carpets, heated floors and towel rack in the sumptuous bathroom and mini bar with complimentary bottled water; these are just a few of the basic room amenities.
The best part of the rooms? The proximity of the hotel to the lake gives the illusion that guests are floating on the water.
After a day hiking the volcano, the Aquarius Spa’s restorative treatments—handed down by ancient native locals—can rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit. The unbelievable Sensation Showers will refresh and hydrate the skin. The warm water of the heated pool will soothe your muscles while your eyes gulp down the gorgeous landscape of the crystal blue lake and mountain ridges. All the senses are stimulated in the spa!
Walking the halls of the lobby, the aroma of indigenous spices and international flavors fill the air and entice you to stop by the Aguas Verdes Restaurant. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner until midnight, guests can feast upon classics with a local twist. From smoked trout to salmon to crab, this is a seafood lover’s dream. Compliment your selection with a wine from their expansive list.
Three bars—Aquarius, Equilibrium and Vertigo—offer up three uniquely different settings for distinguished times of the day and mood. Stylishly decorated, with picture perfect landscapes beyond full glass walls, each lounge inspires its own tastes. Whether your pleasure is the coffee house mood of the Equilibrium Bar or the light and airy setting of the Aquarius Bar, overlooking the spa, or perhaps the more colorful ambiance of Vertigo, there is something for every guest.
On the down side, some features that you might come to expect with Starwood are missing at Villarrica Park like wireless Internet and adjustable central air. The restaurants have a tendency to be under-staffed. However, if this short list is overlooked, Villarrica Park Lake Hotel and Spa is well work the visit.
- Address: Camino Villarrica Pucon Km 13, Villarrica, Chile
- Rooms: 70
- On site: Restaurants: Aguas Verdes (international). Bars: Aquarius Bar, Equilibrium Bar, Vertigo Bar. Fitness: Aquarius Spa and Bar, indoor pool, outdoor pool.
- Hotel Program: Starwood Preferred Guest (Category 5)
- Reservations: 1-800-325-3589
- Price: $$$$
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