Hacienda Tres Lagos
Patagonia's contemporary wood-and-stone Hacienda Tres Lagos ("three lakes") sits on the shore of Black Lake and is a stone's throw from Lake Bertrand and the vast Lake General Carrera. Guests can choose among hiking, horseback riding, fishing, rafting, sailing, and mountain biking to fill their days. Excursions farther afield include visits to natural wonders such as the Fuentes Glacier, the Tamango National Reserve, Explorers Valley, and the limestone caves known as the Marble Caverns. Adventure activities are complemented by opportunities to unwind: afternoon tea, dips in the hot tub, and massages at the hotel's spa. The two restaurants offer local treats such as lamb, rabbit, pheasant, and salmon. Getting There Guests are picked up at the Balmaceda airport (a three-hour flight from Santiago) and transported to the hotel along the winding Southern Highway, a five-hour journey through rugged countryside with a stop for a picnic lunch.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.