Looking for a magical escape? Montaña Mágica Lodge, also known as Magic Mountain Lodge, is a beautifully constructed hotel on the privately owned natural reserve of Huilo Huilo in Chile. It offers a mystical getaway on natural grounds. You don’t have to be a hobbit to enjoy the comforts and beauty of nature!
The lodge, which is built to look like a volcano, spouts a refreshing waterfall in place of actual lava. If you’re interested in seeing a real volcano, Chile’s Arenal Volcano can be viewed right from the hotel. The Magic Mountain Lodge is a hotel like no other, providing its guests with a remarkable experience and breathtaking atmosphere. The vacation spot offers countless, unique amenities including hot tubs made out of giant tree trunks, large windows that overlook Chile’s majestic rainforest, and a monkey bridge, which is the only way to enter. A night at this hotel will cost you around $250 to $400 per night, but who can put a price on a once-in-a-lifetime experience like this?
Last week, we saw a lodge in Chile that looked like a hobbit hotel and this week we bring you a woodland home with a similar aesthetic. Though this domain doesn’t gush gallons of water, it is an alternative living space for a natural homestead. Photographer Simon Dale is responsible for the design and construction of this eco-home, despite his inexperience in architecture and carpentry.
The 32-year-old photographer was tired of mortgage payments and had a passion for nature. Equipped with a chainsaw, hammer, and 1-inch chisel, the determined family man began construction on a plot of land in the woods, which the family luckily gained ownership of in return for their care of the area. With the help of his father-in-law, who just happened to be a builder, Dale set forth to build his ecological dream home on a budget.
The home, which was constructed for a grand total of £3,000 (approximately $5,200) features plenty of sustainable materials. It uses scrap wood for flooring and bales of straw on dry-stone walling for the interior walls. Other unique attributes to the house include lime plaster instead of cement for the walls and a compost toilet. The emerging architect even diverted water from a nearby spring and incorporated solar panels to provide power. Within four months, Dale built an unhindered habitat for his family in Wales that takes pride in a low-impact lifestyle. It may not boast the technology of Apple’s headquarters, but it is a natural haven for a young eco-friendly family. Dale is currently working on constructing his first home in the Lammas Village, Wales’ first eco-development.