Probably Chile's most famous hot-springs resort, this grandiose stone-and-wood lodge sits on the edge of Parque Nacional Puyehue. Make no mistake: the place is enormous, with a slate of activities to match, offering everything from darts to skiing. Yet, despite its huge popularity, and the fact that something is always going on, it can be a surprisingly nice place to relax. Most people come for a soak in the thermal pools. The rooms and common areas here mix starkly modern
and 19th-century Germanic features: chrome, hardwoods, and even some modern art happily share the same space. The hotel recently changed to an "all-inclusive" concept in which meals, drinks, excursions, and use of the pools and thermal baths are included in the price of the room. If you're not staying as a guest, an all-day pass for the use of the springs and pools, with meals included, is 37,500 pesos weekdays, 40,000 pesos on weekends and holidays.
Ruta 215, Km 76, Puyehue, Chile
64-236–988; 2-283–1010-in Santiago; 64-232–881; 2-293–6000-in Santiago