andBeyond Vira Vira
What We Love
- Villarica Volcano views from most parts of the lodge
- Fly-fishing on suite terraces
- The neighboring 100-acre farm that fuels the hotel’s fresh and organic eats
- A comprehensive pillow menu—choose from options like supportive gel and hypoallergenic
What To Know
- Villa Suites offer fireplaces, outdoor tubs, and panoramic Lake District vistas
- With advance notice, the staff can arrange for in-room massages
- The WILDChild program for kids between 6 and 12 includes activities like bird watching and horseback riding
- The property is closed annually from mid-July through the end of August
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Liucura River eco-lodge whose extensive outdoor excursion menu is aimed at the modern-day adventurer
For its first edition outside of Africa, experiential travel stalwarts andBeyond selected a road-less-traveled blend of dairy farmlands and snowcapped volcanoes in Chile’s picturesque Lake District,. It’s a bucolic backdrop best explored with one of the property’s many knowledgeable guides—trademarks of the high-end tour company. Whether you’re ascending the Villarica Volcano (if you’re feeling flush, helicopter rides to the summit are also available), taking a lazy dip in one of the area’s thermal pools, trekking through one of the many surrounding evergreen rainforests, or getting to know the country’s wild side by horseback riding alongside Huaso cowboys, andBeyond’s unofficial nature concierges are instrumental when it comes to interpreting your rugged surroundings. Back at the hacienda, indulge in the hot tub in your split-level cabin-inspired room lined with pale indigenous woods and local mapuche tapestries, or soak in a more convivial vibe at the open-air bar where the drinks menu includes a gingery pisco sour and an impressive list of local reds.
In the Area
You’re a 60-minute drive from La Araucania International Airport (an hour’s flight from Santiago); transfers are part of your all-inclusive rate here. If you’re craving a break from the high-adrenaline outdoor adventures, partake in one of the retreat’s more relaxed onsite activities, which include a riverside morning yoga session or a tour of the adjacent farm, where you can get a crash-course in cheese making. As part of the brand’s signature commitment to sustainability, the lodge staff can also coordinate visits to the nearby town of Curarrehue, home to the area’s indigenous Mapuche community, where guests can meet weavers and lunch at a traditional ruka (a local straw dwelling).
How to Get There
This is an absolutely beautiful property about 25 minutes drive from Pucon. The farm animals, especially the black headed swan, are fun and friendly and it’s nice to walk throughout the farm mornings and evenings.
We went on several excursions, including Snowshoeing on the Volcano, the cultural expedition to experience local culture, hiking to waterfalls, and drifting down the river. Our guide, Vicky, was phenomenal. All excursions (except drifting and the cheese factory) appear to require a 30-45 minute drive to/from the location.
Although our room did not have hot water the first night, we were moved the next morning to a different villa and provided a bottle of wine that following evening.
That said l, for the “Four Seasons”+ cost of the all inclusive accommodations, the food and wine service is not up to par. At a price point higher even than top Chilean hotel Clos Apalta/Lapostolle, we expected high quality. The meal service consisted of an appetizer choice from 2 options and a main course (also 2 options per night) and one dessert plus a chees plate. Should have more options. By the fourth night we were back to similar options of the first night.
The wine service lists a single red and a white wine inclusive pour on the menu per night, but upon later confirmation they do have other options if asked. The cost of the bottles being inclusively poured were around USD $20-30. What would be better for them would be to list the options so that we could choose from a selection of wines by the glass. In addition to the inclusive wines, there were 4 other bottles at additional price points between $70 and $400 listed on the menu. Properly, a full list should be provided.
Finally at breakfast upon departure I specifically asked for sandwiches with meat, and to have a small cheese selection to be included. When we got to the airport we found vegetarian sandwiches, and no cheese.
Overall, a decent place to visit, but there are better in Chile (and I believe in the Pucon area) for both food and wine services. Pucon itself has great restaurants; next time I would stay in lodging nearer to Pucon and visit the restaurant scene there both for cost and variety.
I have stayed in many places but this is about the best. Attention to detail in incredible. Staff know you by name. They remember your likes and dislikes. They are warm and friendly. Now add a fantastic menu. Each choice and course is selected with care. Local produce only (except Scotch Whiskey). Best veal I have eaten. Accommodation is wonderful and very well thought out. Booked it stay there and enjoy. You get what you pay for
Beautiful location in the shadow of a snow capped volcano on beautiful grounds. 6 sites, 12 villas and a 5 bedroom hacienda, all beautiful. Great activities, I went biking in the am and drove 45 minutes to ski in the afternoon in Sept. Hiking, kayaking, rafting, fishing, horse riding - hot tubs around the property - all in a beautiful scenic setting on a lake and a river. Beautifully crafted food and especially the breads. Great for any traveler.