Hotel AntumalalLake District, Chile
This serene lakeside retreat with spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a beach on the lake is a striking early example of modernist architecture inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and the ‘Bauhaus’ style.
Set in delightful gardens on a rocky promontory overlooking Lake Villarrica, Antumalal pioneered the use of glazing, bright red panels and angular corners and is truly one of a kind.
Originally founded as a café in the late 1930s by Guillermo and Catalina Pollak, the hotel was subsequently designed and in conjunction with Chilean architect Jorge Elton in the 1940s with the support of then-President Gabriel González.
The interior has survived remarkably intact with pine paneled walls, frosted glass partitions and terrazzo floors. We acknowledge that this hotel is not to everybody’s taste but, nevertheless, is a remarkable piece of architectural history harking back to a glamorous era.
The 16 rooms and three chalets all come with en suite bathrooms, fireplaces, walk-in wardrobes, flat screen televisions, safe and have a lovely outlook over the mature lawned gardens down to the lake shore.