03 December 2016

 
Montaña Magica Lodge withits rope bridge entrance
The amazing volcanic hotel
It's in the middle of a rainforest and erupts every day - Katie Amey checks in to give you the lowdown
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n the middle of the southern Andes is the unexpected Magic Mountain: a man-made volcano with a stunning waterfall cascading down its side. But the 'volcano' is actually a luxury hotel designed in surreal style - the spectacular Montaña Magica Lodge, in the heart of Patagonia's 300,000-acre Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve.

Looking as though it's been plucked straight out of a fairy tale, the hotel is completely made out of wood and stone, and would no doubt be at home as a set for The Hobbit. And it could be a contender for the title of most magical hotel in the world. Where else would you find a luxury hotel housed in a volcano?
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Relax in a fairytale-like suite
offers guests the opportunity to spot many unique animals, such as the Pudu Deer, which is the world's smallest at just 13 inches tall.

The outside walls of the hotel are adorned with moss and vines. It looks as if it has grown in the surrounding forest instead of being built. Inside, the five-floor hotel boasts an all-natural decor in its 13 small rooms, as well as several hot tubs carved out of gigantic tree trunks, and an intimate bar and restaurant area. The structure 'erupts' very day, much to the delight of the guests. Instead of lava, water spews from the top of the building to cascade down the sides. The hotel is accessible only on foot, and to enter, guests must brave a swinging rope bridge, with the entrance half-way up the building.

Among the activities on offer are mini-golf, where the holes are designed to fit in with the contours of the natural terrain, horse-riding, rafting, plenty of hiking trails and a chance to try the longest zip wire in South America, which runs through the nature reserve at a height of 1,500ft. Montaña Magica is part of the larger Huilo Huilo complex, with also includes the interconnected Baobab Hotel, which can be reached via a suspension walkway, and several other nearby lodges.


Original article published in June 2015. All info and prices correct at time of publication.
Located in the shadow of the majestic Andes mountain range, the unique hotel is right in the middle of one of the most valued - and endangered - regions in the world. Aside from simply relaxing inside the one of a kind hotel, venturing into the rainforest
"It looks as if it has grown in the surrounding forest instead of being built."
 
 
 
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