Idyllically perched on the forest-framed banks of the Liucura River, this lovingly converted hacienda – sited on a 40-hectare farm host to a working cheese and milk dairy – is surrounded by some of central Chile’s most striking landscapes, not least the imposing volcanic peak of Villarica. As such, it’s a wonderful base for experiencing a full spread of adventurous pursuits, with the likes of white water rafting, kayaking nature walks, cycling and fishing all included in the price. It's little wonder that Vira Vira is one of the stars of the new BBC series, Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby,


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Rooms and suites are everything you’d expect from a Relais & Châteaux hotel – stylish, spacious and utterly in keeping with the history of the building, and the beauty of its surroundings. The en suite bathrooms feel wonderfully indulgent, with separate showers and deep tubs looking out to picture windows and private views, as private terraces open out to lush, landscaped gardens. The Villa Suites are well worth the upgrade, adding in fireplaces, separate lounges and bubbling hot tubs complete with volcano views. For the ultimate luxury, the Ruca Suite offers total seclusion by a peaceful lagoon, reached by a short stroll through the forest.

The dining here is equally impressive, showcasing a delicious collection of local recipes – some indigenous – on seasonal menus that really do make the most of the region’s, and indeed the farm’s, bounteous produce; it’s the very definition of farm-to-fork dining. The homebred Angus beef is a particular highlight, especially when paired with a full-bodied Chilean red.

Aside from the aforementioned activities, guests are also invited to try their hands at everything from yoga to cheese making. And, since November 2017, optional helicopter flights – not included in the room rate – offer the chance for sweeping aerial views of the Chilean Lakes, or for an ever-so-stylish and speedy way of reaching the hotel from either Pucón or Temuco airport. 

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