The Baobab Hotel, Huilo Huilo, Chile
Hotels in tree houses are not a new concept. But the latest addition to the genre certainly takes the form to new heights.
Parque Huilo Huilo is a sprawling private nature reserve, midway between Neltume and Puerto Fuy, on the east side of Volcán Choshuenco (Choshuenco Volcano) in Chile. The Magic Mountain Hotel and the Baobab Hotel, in the parque were built by the same owners.
The Baobab is the newer of the two and built, as it name suggests, to resemble a baobob tree.
Lobby with fountain
Hotel Baobab Huilo Huilo Chile 3*
This beautiful Lodge opened in December 2007 and belongs to the same owners as the Montaña Mágica. The hotel resembles a baobab (monkey bread tree), which is quite high and their trunk is slender and gets broader the more you get up. The 55 modern rooms with magnificent views of the Mocho-Choschuenco Volcano are ordered spirally around an atrium, in which a huge tree is growing. The surrounding trees weren’t cut for this construction, but included into the architecture.
All the styling and decor is inspired by the natural surroundings and crafted by indigenous artists designing in wood from the area. Windows, walls, doors and stairs are all carved out of the local rustic woods. All rooms have private bathrooms and central heating as standard and penthouse suites offer the added luxury of hydro massage bath. An impressive panoramic elevator offers a magnificent view when visiting the nine floors of Baobab lodge. There are two restaurants offering gastronomic menus, and there is an international bar. exquisite gastronomical delights and an important international bar. Baobab is an ideal place to relax in a quiet natural setting.
View from a bedroom window
The hotel is nestled in the National Reserve of Huilo Huilo, in the Region of The Rivers, a park of 12.000 about 56 km / 35 miles from Panguipulli, just next to the Lodge Montaña Mágica. Prices: 01.04.2008-30.04.2009 Standard single 132 USD double 187 USD Triple 265 USD extra bed 52 USD booking service at Inns of Chile
Footnote: I have no connection with the owners of the Baobab and Magic Mountain hotels, but if they ever wished to invite me to make a more detailed report on site for you, I could be ready to travel at 24 hours notice!