by Adam, Emily and Colette Harteau
We are Adam & Emily and we became parents to Colette Nova, aka “the ambassador of love and joy”, in January 2011. We have traveled through places like Southern Africa, Southeast Asia, Polynesia, New Zealand, Japan and even circumnavigated North America in our VW Westfalia. Currently we are on a grand adventure in our Westy, driving through the Americas. Our Open Road will serve as a modern family portrait, as we shed our robes of comfort to reexamine the American Dream, we hope to inspire others to create, eat well, spend quality time together, and adventure into their own great backyards.
Chiloé Island, Chile
Chiloé is a long and narrow stretch of unspoiled land surrounded by the Ocean off the coast of Southern Chile. It’s the largest island of an archipelago that bears the same name. Refugia sits atop a hill at the edge of the sea. It’s a great modern haven: majestic, geometric and luxurious. Each of the twelve rooms has views on the surrounding nature and includes a reading room, a living room and a terrace. The legend goes that a ghost ship sails in the depth of the Ocean around the island. Sometimes, it emerges on the surface to reveal itself to other ships. It could happen to you while sailing around the fjords on the hotel’s vessel Williche.
Puerto Natales, Chile
Remota is located in Puerto Natales, a three hour drive on an asphalt road from Punta Arenas, the last city to the South of Chile. The trip from Punta Arenas is not just another complimentary transfer, but rather the first breathtaking contact with the immensity of Patagonia, with its vast sheep and cattle herds, grazing in endless farms, its wild birds, geese, by the side of rivers and lakes, some condors, or the occasional fox that crosses the road. A hotel, so, so far away, hard enough to reach that you have to deserve it!