Up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky! Yes, that is the impression we get when we look up to this out-of-this-world green, mountain-like resort. Christened the Magic Mountain Lodge, the 13-room hotel looks as if it has come straight from Middle earth. The lodge nestles in the private Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve in northern Chile’s Patagonia and is in the lap of the rich natural heritage that the preserve aims to protect.
The visitors slide or glide into the establishment on a suspended rope bridge and are welcomed by a cascade of water raining down from the cone-shaped green roof.
The hotel is a base camp at the Hulio Hulio preserve for ecotourists looking for a puma or local waterfalls. The Magic Mountain Lodge is cone-shaped with dormer windows peeking out of its vegetated and stone facade.
A water spot on top pours over the roof, drenching the plants and anyone at the base of the building. The playful design is intended to hark back to an ancient legend that speaks of a magic mountain in the area that grants wishes.
There is a bar, a restaurant, and a sauna inside. Outside, there are hot tubs made from the hollows of tree stumps. The lodge is designed using local building materials and labor and all the wood was carefully harvested locally as well.
The reserve is a privately held 600 square kilometer park dedicated to the preservation of the region’s biodiversity and fauna.
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