Magic Mountain Lodge in Huilo Huilo, Chile.

One look at the Magic Mountain Lodge in Huilo Huilo, Chile, and the first thing that jumps to mind is the Lord of the Rings. This volcano-shaped hotel really looks like something Tolkien would have dreamed up – from the conical walls built out of local wood and stone, to the trees that threaten to engulf the building, and the waterfall that shoots out of the summit and cascades down the sides.

And when I read this next tidbit, I figured out what put’s the “magic” in Magic Mountain – the lodge has hot tubs made out of ancient, hollowed-out tree trunks sitting on decks overlooking the forest. And not just any forest either, because the lodge is set in the middle of a 100, 000 hectare nature reserve in the Patagonian Andes.

Magic Mountain is actually just one of several accommodations that are located in the reserve – among the others is Baobab, which looks something like an upside-down ice cream cone made out of wood, and equally cool (see below).

Baobab Hotel and Spa is another accommodation option within the resort.

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