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On la Isla Grande de Chiloé in Chile, there lies a poetic dream. At least that’s how its owners describe it. A place of community and intimacy where guests feel in close contact with the birds, the forest and the native flora of the region. A collection of cabins built around a ‘shipwrecked’ central building, it’s called Espejo de Luna, or the reflection of the moon.

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Cabins sleep up to five people, and are fully equipped with fridges, natural heating and microwaves, as well as views of Corcovado mountain, and Chaitén and Michimahuida volcanoes.

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There are no telephones or televisions, but rest assured there’s plenty to. Activities include trekking, boat trips, fishing and eco-tourism, but – please – no hunting.

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There’s a honeymoon cottage for couples, particularly newlyweds – in the middle of the woods, with a great view of the beach. Espejo de Luna is fully wheelchair-accessible, with special bedrooms as well as paths and an elevator in the middle of the woods that reach the beach.

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At first the central building, the restaurant-bar-lounge, comes across as a curious work of modern art. Then you realize it’s designed to look like a shipwreck. Made from local woods in traditional Chiloé style, it’s the place to meet fellow travelers as well as locals, over a glass of fine Chilean wine.

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Food is prepared Chiloé-style (Curanto, Milcao, Pork Reitimiento), with fresh seafood, seasonal vegetables, exotic fruits, and meats cooked outside on the chef’s Qunicho.

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A perfect retreat from the noise of the rest of the world. RM

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