If your idea of the perfect getaway involves an emphasis on fine cuisine, look no further than Hotel Awa – a gastronomy-inspired retreat in Los Lagos, Chile, just 20 minutes away from Puerto Varas downtown. It sits just 20 meters from Llanquihue Lake´s basin for those who would enjoy a range of excursions and nautical sports, but in truth you’ll probably be more drawn to the hotel.
A uniquely designed 2,400 square foot spa is allegedly based on the five elements present in nature, and features a double massage cabin, a semi Olympic heated pool with 2 lanes, sauna, hamman and whirlpool. The luxurious rooms, each with views of the lake and nearby Osorno Volcano, underpin Awa’s particular approach to five-star comfort, and all of this is surrounded by contemporary architecture that showcases a veritable modern art-piece of design.
But it’s the food that really elevates Awa above the rest. Consulting Chef Mathieu Michel and head chef Oscar Bermudes take a pride in their craft that’s reflected by the unique surroundings of the resort. Bermudes’ observations bring the experience full circle: “I learned from architecture, shapes, forms, design and balance. I learned something from every kitchen; techniques, ingredients, food history and most important of all how to transmit passion to new professionals.”