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Best Up-and-Coming Hotels: Refugia Lodge

Daniel Corvillón

Refugia Lodge, Chiloé, Chile

Opened in September 2012, this contemporary retreat is a game changer for Patagonia’s west coast. Effortlessly bridging the traditional and the avant-garde, Refugia is the first luxury lodge on Chiloé, an island known for its pristine forests and historic wooden churches (recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites). The lodge, a shiplike structure of wooden shingles and large glass walls, houses 12 rooms, each with sweeping water views and furnishings crafted by local artisans. Guests rave about Refugia’s range of outdoor activities, from the excursions on the hotel’s custom-built boat to penguin colony visits and horseback riding. $$$$

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