Hotel La Montaña Mágica, Huilo-Huilo, Chile
A strange volcano-like building spews water instead of lava; its welcoming windows adorned with moss and vines, complementing the surrounding trees. It looks like the kind of place the blue folk from Avatar might hook up with hobbits and Ewoks to go on holiday. But this is neither Pandora, Middle-Earth nor the Star Wars forest moon of Endor. Deep in southern Chile lies the Montana Magica Lodge – an extraordinary hotel hidden away in the centre of a 300,000-acre private nature reserve. It might be completely artificial but the lodge actually ‘erupts’ every day, sending water running down the outside of the 13-room guest house. The ‘Magic Mountain’ retreat, in Los Rios, is accessible only by foot and intrepid guests must brave a swinging rope bridge to enter it. Among the activities on offer are a wild-course mini-golf, where the holes form part of the natural terrain, hiking and access to the longest zip wire in South America, which run through the grounds at a height of 1,500ft. And, if you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a pudu – the world’s smallest deer which is just 13 inch tall.