Vik Chile is one of South America’s most daring design hotels, luring gourmands, oenophiles and aesthetes in equal measure. Perched on a vine-clad hill in Chilean wine country, it’s like a gallery, winery and resort wrapped into one.
Where is Vik Chile?
This rural wine hotel is just over two hours south of Chile’s capital, Santiago, via the Pan-American Highway. Most of the trip is on paved roads but the hotel itself lies behind an imposing gate at the end of a winding track.
What’s near Vik Chile?
The rugged wilderness of the Chilean Coastal Range is one of Vik Chile’s biggest draws. Many visitors spend time hiking or mountain biking in the surrounding hills. Wine-lovers can travel to other vineyards in the Cachapoal Valley, such as Viña La Rosa, as well as more famous bodegas near Santa Cruz, about an hour away, including Viña Montes and Viu Manent. It’s also possible to take a day trip to Pichilemu, one of South America’s top surf towns.
Each room at Vik Chile has its own theme, be it a cultural homage or notable art movement. In the main building, there are 17 Artistic Suites and five Master Suites. All have floor-to-ceiling windows but the latter are corner rooms with more space and expansive views. Set on a hill nearby is Puro Vik, where you’ll find seven themed glass bungalows, which are larger than the suites and boast hot tubs on private outdoor terraces. With the wide choice of rooms, you have the luxury of picking a room whose décor matches your personal aesthetic.
Restaurants and bars
The glass-encased Milla Milla overlooks the Millahue Wetland and is the main restaurant serving the hotel. It offers buffet-style breakfasts, three-course lunches and four-course dinners. Most guests book an all-inclusive stay, which includes two glasses of wine with each meal. The Pavilion Restaurant, located at the Viña Vik winery, is open for lunch only and welcomes day visitors. Chef Pablo Cáceres, who runs both properties, focuses on matching proteins from small local providers with seasonal vegetables from the onsite organic garden. There’s no bar but cocktails and premium Vik wines are available from Milla Milla throughout the day (for an additional cost).
In addition to growing most of the produce used in its restaurants, Vik Chile upcycles grape seeds for its eco-friendly spa products and derives much of its power from solar panels. The state-of-the-art winery also uses solar energy – as well as free-cooling techniques, a translucent roof and natural insulation – to lower its impact. The Viks planted nearly 600 trees on the property, including local species such as quillay, peumo and litre, to make up for some of the trees lost to wine production.
Travel for work
Despite the rural setting, reliable wi-fi is available throughout the property. All rooms have work desks, while the small library near the lobby is ideal for a call. There is a meeting room on the lower level that can be rented out for presentations or team-building. Companies can also rent the Vik Lodge for retreats – this private compound on a hilltop near the hotel has four double suites, a fully equipped kitchen, dining and living rooms and an outdoor terrace.
Spa, gym and pool
Overlooking the valley is the hotel’s serene infinity pool, which is lined with loungers and umbrellas. Just behind it is the small gym, replete with a treadmill, dumbbells and yoga mats. The holistic spa in the basement specialises in vinoterapia, including antioxidant-rich wine baths and deep-tissue massages using grapeseed oil.
What you need to know
Vik’s isolated location, far from any town, makes it the perfect setting for stargazing. Grab the telescope from the library and set off after sunset to explore the darker corners of the ink-black sky.
Best for: Couples
Ambience: On-trend and social
Number of rooms: 22 suites and seven bungalows
Rates: From about CLP410,000 per night for two people
Wi-fi: Free and fast
Parking: Free guest parking
Address: Millehue, San Vicente, Chile
Telephone: +56 9 6193 1754
Image credit: Juan Pablo Jaramillo Gamboa