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Rustic: Refugia, Chiloé, Chile

Chile’s largest archipelago, known for its wildflower fields, picture-perfect rocky beaches, and centuries-old wooden churches, has just welcomed the most unlikely of architectural monuments: Refugia. The contemporary retreat is sheathed in wood and hovers above a glass-and-concrete base. Twelve guest rooms lined with native mañío wood command unobstructed views of the salmon fishermen tracing the tide, while downstairs, the crackling of a roaring fireplace fills the austere lounge. If quietly sipping Carmenère and counting the shades of gray shifting across the inland sea fails to quicken the pulse, an outing to the dramatic fjords and tiny fishing villages is just a custom-kitted boat ride away. But this far afield, isn’t isolation precisely the point? refugia.cl. $$$$

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