Central + South America ViraVira ViraVira is the dream-child of a Santiago couple’s wish to design and manage their own hotel. From the husband’s previous career in banking which involved staying in endless hotels throughout the world and his wife’s interest in design they had a clear vision of what they wanted to achieve: to serve exquisite food, to provide top class guides and to create a relaxed but perfect haven. In our opinion and from our clients’ feedback they are succeeding. HIGHLIGHTS Stunning location on banks of a river with backdrop of the dramatic snow-capped Villarica volcano Private tour of farm and ‘fromagerie’ by owner Well-trained staff and guides Variety of activities very close-by or directly on the river Spacious villas with outdoor hot-tubs and seating area A relaxed but perfect haven As is often the case in South America, you arrive in a small town in the middle of the countryside and turn off down a track not quite knowing what to expect. The first indication that ViraVira might be special is the imposing stone entrance and perfect fencing before turning the final corner to reveal the glass and wooden main building and single level row of the villas. The website and our review cannot begin to pay justice to this establishment, and only a personal visit will confirm the comfort, style and attention to detail. There are 6 rooms in the main building and 12 ‘villas’ which are the pricier option but well worth it with a huge bed overlooking the river, separate seating area with fireplace, an enormous bathroom and outside hot tub and terrace. Older children and teenagers are welcome with plenty of activities for all age groups and most within close driving distances. Five exceptional guides are employed full-time and each evening a list of the different options are discussed individually with each guest group. You feel a certain flexibility here and that if you would like to be with just your own party the guides will do their best to make it happen. This part of Chile is an adventure play-ground with a variety of easy to extreme hikes, fly-fishing with equipment and instruction provided, excellent horse trails, thrilling white-water rafting, bird and nature watching on a small river boat, swimming in waterfalls and visiting the local culture of the Mapuche Indians. Mealtimes are a big part of a stay at ViraVira and the ‘the farm’ was built even before the hotel. Michael, the owner takes great pride in showing guests round his fromagerie which produces up to 6 cheeses including parmesan and has its own full-time cheese-maker. Wild boar and exotic vegetables such as artichokes are served so ‘farm’ is somewhat of an understatement. The chef comes from a renowned Uruguayan restaurant, and he puts as much imagination into his concoctions as is reflected in every other design aspect of the hotel.