Eastern Uruguay, Uruguay
Eastern Uruguay, Uruguay
Estancia Vik is a unique luxury ranch, set on a rolling countryside, outside the fashionable seaside town of Jose Ignacio on Uruguay's Atlantic coast. Built on a rise overlooking a lagoon and the Atlantic, the imposing white edifice is surrounded with a polo fields, grazing cattle and Criollo horses. Inside the red tiled roof structure, spaces are filled with contemporary artworks by local artists – “homage to traditional culture and nature” by its owner and art collector, Alex Vik.
Set within the huge Estancia Vik are just 12 suites, each devoted to the work of a different Uruguayan artist. The four Master Suites, boast quirky individuality with colourful floor-to-ceiling murals and public spaces are similarly endowed with artwork; Clever Lara contributed 34 paintings for the living room and Marcelo Legrand splattered vibrant colours across the corrugated-tin walls and ceiling of the barbecue room. The result is of being transported into a modern art gallery.
Meals are served in Estancia Vik’s grand dining room, decorated with chandeliers and antique furniture. The menu is a la carte with Uruguayan beef, river fish or chicken and vegetables from their organic farm and a choice from the 5,000-bottle wine cellar showcasing South America's finest vintages. Activities include riding horses and bicycles and birdwatching while canoeing or guests can take polo lessons and go on nature walks. But most head down to the beach for the day.
Estancia Vik Jose Ignacio, Uruguay
Stay Estancia Vik offers 12 luxurious suites, each designed by different South American artists. All suites are spacious and display contemporary artwork, fine furnishings and wooden accents, four-poster beds with Frette linens and plush down duvets. Bathrooms have designer vanities, sunken tubs and rain showers, and private access to outdoor porches and spots for relaxation. If you want a private wraparound terrace, fireplace, walk-in closet and lounge area, opt for a Master Suite.
ChildCare Families with children are welcome to stay at Estancia Vik Jose Ignacio. One child under age of three can stay for free; after that, extra beds cost US$150 apiece. There is a games room with table tennis table and board games. Cots and extra beds are available free of charge and babysitting can be arranged, on request.
Dine For the ultimate dining experience, the Estancia Vik Jose Ignacio offers guests a brick-vaulted dining room with wooden floor, candelabra-lit table and ground-to-ceiling curtains covering glass windows. International cuisine is created by experienced chefs and served beneath gigantic candle chandeliers. There is also a traditional Uruguayan parillero, or barbeque room walled with graffiti-daubed corrugated tin and housing a colossal fire pit and a 5,000-bottle wine cellar.
Relax Facilities at the Estancia Vik Jose Ignacio include a black-granite swimming pool with wooden decks lined with loungers. Rejuvenate yourself at the Vik Spa and gym with sauna and steam room, painted in sultry tones of cerulean and burgundy, and hung with paintings of voluptuous bodies by artist Jose Trujillo. Later, request a wine-tasting session in the beautiful vaulted cellar and try full-bodied Tannat wine, made from Uruguay’s most famous grape.
Experience Guests at Estancia Vik can partake in the old-fashioned estancia life, including riding Criollo horses along the nearby river, polo playing on the private polo field or maybe a game of golf in the adjoining green. For activity enthusiasts there are handmade canoes, kayaks, kites and wind surfing. Anglers can take sail boats equipped with fishing equipment. But don’t miss out on the scenery with nature walks, mountain biking and bird watching. There is a game room with a pool table and table tennis.
Location Jose Ignacio, Uruguay
Estancia Vik is set in 4,000 acres of land 8km outside the seaside town of Jose Ignacio, within the region of Maldonado, Uruguay.
Getting there Punta del Este Capitán Corbeta CA Curbelo International is the nearest airport, and served by flights from Buenos Aires. Estancia Vik is 30-minutes from Punta del Este airport. Alternatively, Montevideo Carrasco International Airport is 180km from the hotel.
When to go November to March is the ideal time to visit weather wise. The very popular peak summer season from Christmas to mid-February gets booked up well in advance so best to plan early. During this period the whole place comes alive and there is a great party atmosphere. It is worth bearing in mind however that during the quieter season - including November, many of the area's bars and restaurants are closed which does tend to restrict eating options to your hotel.