2. Refugia Lodge, Chiloé Island, Chile

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Situated on the largest island in the Chiloé archipelago, which lies just north of Patagonia, Refugia Lodge sports an avant-garde design and is supported by local artisans, whose artifacts guests often buy as gifts. Arts and crafts are scattered throughout the hotel, strangely matching the dramatic scenery that unfolds beyond the picture windows, which afford spectacular views of the Andes and Reloncaví Sound. Hiking in the evergreen rainforest, boat tours and tasting local cuisine afterwards are two of the most enjoyable leisure time activities. Try "curanto", Chile's idea of a clam bake, comprising of meat, shellfish and a generous helping of potatoes.

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