There's also a wine spa.

By Cailey Rizzo
April 28, 2019
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Chile’s Millahue Valley is located about two hours’ drive south of the capital city of Santiago. It’s a winemaker’s paradise whose name translates to “place of gold” from the native Mapundungun language.

And, with the opening of a unique new hotel, the valley is becoming a destination for seekers of luxury — and good vino.

Credit: Courtesy of Vik Retreats

For the past 15 years, husband-and-wife duo Alex and Carrie Vik have been building a mini-empire in the Millahue Valley. First, it was Vina Vik wines. Then it was a hotel called Vik Chile. Now, it’s 19 glass houses called Puro Vik overlooking the valley.

Credit: Courtesy of Vik Retreats

Puro Vik is the elevated luxury experience guests can book for a “transparent” experience in the valley. Three walls are entirely floor-to-ceiling glass, providing uninterrupted panoramas of the valley landscape.

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Each of the 19 glass bungalows is decorated in its own theme, with influences as diverse as 18th-century France, 19th-century Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige, and mid-20th-century pop art.

The glass houses are designed as a romantic suite for two, starting at $1,100 per night. The freestanding bathtub sits on the veranda and is one of the main draws of the accommodation. “Ideally, guests should two take baths a day,” Alex told CNN Travel. “One in the morning and another at sunset with their partners while they're drinking glasses of wine.”

Credit: Courtesy of Vik Retreats
Credit: Courtesy of Vik Retreats

Guests at Puro Vik can eat gourmet Chilean cuisine at the restaurant located a five-minute walk away, dissolve away troubles at the Wine Spa or get a glimpse at the winemaking process on the vineyards of Vina Vik.

Credit: Courtesy of Vik Retreats
Credit: Courtesy of Vik Retreats

Oh, and in case you’re worried about that old saying about glass houses: all the rooms have black-out blinds.