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Hotel Antumalal

Pucón, Chile

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Why Stay At Hotel Antumalal

Perched on a slope above Lake Villarrica in Chile's Lake District, this 16-room Midcentury gem has floor-to-ceiling windows for prime views of the dramatic, glacier-topped region.

The Scoop

Set in the eastern corner of Chile's glacier-topped Lake District, Pucón was barely a blip on the travelers' map when the Hotel Antumalal set the standard in 1950. More than 60 years later, the Bauhaus-style gem remains one of the iconic places to stay in a destination popular for adventure experiences and its proximity to Chile's southern wine regions. Conceptualized by Chilean architect Jorge Elton, who collaborated with the Czech owners Don Guillermo and Catalina Pollak, the streamlined, cylindrical hotel is set improbably on the edge of a volcanic cliff on the southeastern shore of Lake Villarrica; panoramic windows along the outer edge allow for unobstructed views of the chestnut and pine trees and the deep blue lake. The 16 rooms, complete with log-burning fireplaces, sheepskin rugs, and retro furniture (tree-trunk nightstands; original 1950s tables), may be on the smaller side, but not surprisingly, most travelers spend their time outdoors. More than 12 acres of forest surround the property, and guests take in the nearby waterfalls and gardens from the hotel's stone paths and private terraces.

Insider Tips

The resort's Spa Antumaco is carved into the area's natural volcanic rock and features floor-to-ceiling windows that look onto the native forest. Be sure to book the signature Purification and Relaxation Massage when you reserve a room, as the small spa books up quickly. One-hour treatments from $100.

If you don't mind gusty lake winds and the possibility of rain, arrive in winter when the hotel is quiet, the outdoor scenes are dramatic, and you'll have the lobby's open fireplace—as well as the spa's heated pool—almost all to yourself.

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Temuco Maquehue Airport (ZCO) which is approximately 63 miles from the hotel. Anticipate 90 minutes to 2 hours of travel time.

Km 2 Camino Pucón, Villarica, Pucón, Región de la Araucanía, Chile

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Lake Views
  • Gardens
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Sauna
  • Jacuzzi
  • Spa Services
  • Tennis Court
In-Room Amenities
  • Fireplaces
  • Lake Views
  • Walk in Closets
  • Digital Safes
  • Bath Robes
  • Hair Dryers
  • Telephones
  • Flat-screen TVs
  • Mineral water
  • Homemade Chocolates every evening
Dining & Nightlife
  • Restaurant
  • Hosted BBQ (seasonal)
  • In-Room Dining
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  • Welcome drink
  • Hotel taxes
Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love Pucón

The tiny town of Pucón on Lake Villarrica's eastern shore is ideal for adventurers thanks to hiking and skiing options, but all types of travelers appreciate the volcano-studded Alpine landscape.

Don't Miss

Outdoor Excursion: From July to March (Chile's summer), travelers can climb to the summit of the 9,341-foot Villarrica Volcano on a guided daylong excursion with Amity Tours. You'll get a head start: the trail begins at 4,600 feet.
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$125 per person.

Wellness Experience: Soak in man-made hot springs carved into the side of a mountain at Villarrica National Park's Termas Geometricas. The 16 thermal pools are linked by heated walkways; the area's volcanic activity keeps the pools' temperature hovering between 95 and 108 degrees.
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Admission $3.

Best Photo Op: The 30,000-acre Huerquehue National Park—filled with Andean peaks, more than 20 lakes, waterfalls, and prehistoric-looking monkey-puzzle trees—is only 20 miles northeast of the hotel.
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Admission $3.

Where to Eat: The cozy La Maga, a Uruguayan parrilla steakhouse in the center of Pucón, is the place for sirloin steaks, black pudding, and bife de chorizo, paired with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon by Chilean wineries Viñedo Chadwick or Seña vineyards.
011-56-4544-4277 Gerónimo de Alderete and the corner of Fresia.
Dinner for two $100.
Chile trumps with breathtaking beauty.

Chile trumps with breathtaking beauty.

Why Go Now

January 19-21, 2012
Puerto Montt International Jazz Festival
This summertime music gathering at the Diego Rivera Theatre in Puerto Montt includes performances and jam sessions.
Puerto Montt.

March 10-17, 2012
FIMBA PanAmerican Maxibasketball Championships
Basketball players from throughout the Western Hemisphere converge on the Lake District for a popular sports competition.
Puerto Montt.

Hotel Antumalal

Pucón, Chile

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