Tierra hotel review - Chiloé, Chile
Getting away from it all on Chiloé, Chile's second largest island, just got a lot more comfortable. Offering 12 rooms and scintillating sea views, Tierra has become the first five start addition to the island's rich heritage of innovative wooden structures. Drawn up by contemporary Chilean practice Mobil Arquitetos, the modern retreat borrows more than a few tricks from a Chilote population famed for their carpentry skills. The crafty locals made a name for themselves in the 17th and 18th centuries by embracing the Jesuit mission in the region and building hundreds of wooden churches without a nail in sight. And the hotel drew heavily on the talented local pool of carpenters, lining the interiors with with warm wooden cladding, locally produced furniture and sheepskins from Patagonia. Underneath, the airy public areas feature floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing guests to dine and relax with the spectacular snow-capped Andean peaks as a backdrop.