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Fast facts about Yan Kee Way Lodge

  1. *Located on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, Chilean Patagonia

  2. *1 Hour Drive from Puerto Montt

  3. *Award winning onsite restaurant

  4. *Spa with wood fired hot tubs, sauna, massage, gym

  5. *Over 20 different activities to choose from daily

Unique Destination’s Review of Yan Kee Way Lodge


The first thing I noticed was the statuesque snow capped volcano, Mt Osorno. The second was the allure of the expansive Lake Llanquihue lapping at the shores – at times boasting small waves likening it more to an ocean.


As I stood in the foyer of Yan Kee Way Lodge it was hard to believe that in just 3 short and scenic hours I had been transported from the hustle and bustle of Santiago to this – a picturesque location set in 12 acres of forest, hidden away from civilization. A place where serenity and adventure can be used in the same sentence.


Anything and everything is possible at Yan Kee Way Lodge. The lodge was originally built to cater for discerning anglers seeking world class fly-fishing in the Patagonia region and has gone on to provide Eco Sport Adventures and Gastronomical Experiences to its patrons.


My experience at the lodge was a short-lived but activity packed 3 days – just enough to get to know Yan Kee Way Lodge and its surroundings, enough to make me want to return.


Being a seasoned business traveller I am used to the opulence and modernities that you will find in urban city hotels – plasma screen televisions, plush carpets, silver fittings etc. However on my journey down south I experienced a different kind of luxury. A kind where Chalets, Bungalows and Hotel Rooms are decorated with polished floors made of local wood and custom designed furniture and décor. All made with appreciation to local architecture but still incorporating many modern features such as central heating, fluffy towels and goose down bed covers.


The lodge’s onsite restaurant Latitude 42º is an award-winning splendor, known to many as one of the finest restaurants in Chile outside of Santiago. It is decorated with a rustic charm incorporating artwork and furnishings with a Mexican and South American influence.


Local produce is grown in the lodge’s Organic Farm and the chef prepares delectable dishes certain to satisfy any “foodie’s” desire (A Foodie is a person who has an ardent or refined interest in food). My favourite dining memory was the velvety and lush crème brulee. Or was it the lamb dish cooked to perfection. Or perhaps the crispy bacon served at breakfast. Whatever it was, each meal seemed more desirable after the chef would personally visit the dining table to intricately explain what each item was on the plate in front of me. 


Now all this fine dining can lead to one’s figure expanding if the right measures are not taken! Luckily there is a myriad of activities which guests can take part in.


From November to April it is fly-fishing season in Patagonia. Yan Kee Way Lodge provides all-inclusive packages for keen anglers wanting to bring home that trophy trout.


For those not so keen on fishing, why don’t you try your hand at one of twenty other activities on offer? I did. My first adventure was a horse riding expedition.  Just twenty minutes from the lodge was a local horse ranch and in no time I found myself atop a beautiful filly. I set off in tow of my host from the lodge, Marco and the cowboy guide – a scene reminiscent of The Three Musketeers! For the next two hours I marveled at the scenery looking out towards the volcano, the lake and the luscious cow and horse filled paddocks. Even a short sun shower couldn’t dampen the spirit!


Other guests may prefer a more relaxed approach to their day such as a day trip to Chiloe, a photographic excursion to the Petrohue Waterfalls or a drive up to the ski resort on top of Mt Osorno for a hot chocolate while watching the snow flakes fall outside.


For those people who live more on the adventurous side of life there is volcano trekking, mountain biking or kayaking to name a few. My final excursion of the trip was to be kayaking.


After squeezing into my second skin (the wet-suit) I soon found myself paddling out in the middle of Lake Llanquihue without a care in the world. This was quick to change however when I looked down into the depths of the water below. I had visions of some Loch-Ness Monster like creature lunging out of the eerily tranquil waters!


There was a sense of calm in the air. Like the calm before a big storm. After resting in the crystal clear green waters of a small water hole adjacent to the lake, it was time to return to shore. And time to paddle at an accelerated speed as there was an expansive black cloud edging closer to my little kayak. Thankfully, the shore arrived in time to save me from a soaking, and to also remind me that perhaps next time I should stick to land-based activities!


Following a day of activity why not relax in Yan Kee Way Lodge’s spa? Choose from a sauna, a massage or a soak in one of the wood fired hot tubs. Or perhaps you would like to relax in the lakeside lounge while reading a book from the extensive library, or watch a movie on the giant plasma screen tv? Or my favourite, sit by the wood burning fire place in Latitude 42º enjoying a pisco sour while reminiscing about your day.


Whatever you need or your desire, the friendly and bilingual staff at Yan Kee Way Lodge are ready to welcome you.


This month Unique Destinations and Yan Kee Way Lodge have a special offer for all Travel Club Members, plus the opportunity to win an accommodation package for two people. For enquiries please email info@uniquedestinations.cl


JANUARY 2009 - DESTINATION OF THE MONTH

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