It’s Chile week at Green Postcards! Start practicing your espanol and get ready for some ecotastic wine tasting. Here we go!
Tucked into the secluded Pacific-coastline in the tiny Chilean fishing village of Quintay, you’ll find Playa Tunquen, a two-year-old luxury villa with serious eco-credentials. Underneath the sophisticated curving lines of the wood-built house and the Cribs-worthy infinity pool overlooking the beach lies a true green soul.
Owner Judy Steinfeld says she’s proud of the villa’s off-the-grid status and the way it was built to blend into the landscape, not dominate it. The villa’s solar system provides 75 percent of their power; a gas generator makes up the rest. They watch their power use with efficient appliances, energy-saving bulbs, and a wood-burning heater for the hot-tub. They stock the three luxe bathrooms (the master bath features a deep Jacuzzi tub, a two-person shower, and a sauna) with organic towels. (The bedrooms have organic linens to match.) They use environmentally friendly cleaning supplies and love to bring local chefs in to cook the area’s specialties – like Chilean BBQ.
Judy says she likes to spend her time at Playa Tunquen gazing at the ocean (the villa’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer plenty of opportunities), walking, and reading. The villa includes a round meditation tower made for book-escape-artists, yogis, and sea-watchers. If you can tear yourself away from the views, Judy says you shouldn’t miss visiting the local wineries, especially the organic ones. Stay tuned this week for a run-down of eco-friendly Chilean wineries to put on your must-taste list.
Come back tomorrow for rates and contact information for Playa Tunquen!---