Estancia Vik José Ignacio is set on a sprawling 4,000-acre estate in the Uruguyan countryside, just 10 minutes from the small seaside resort of José Ignacio. The building itself is a modern take on a traditional farm or estancia. Far away from rustic woodwork and cowhides, the interiors are covered in edgy South American artwork. Curator Enrique Badaró Nadal oversaw the more than twenty Uruguayan and international artists and architects who contributed works to Estancia Vik. Stand-out pieces include a massive marble sculpture and a lush oil fresco, inspired by maps of Brazil and Uruguay, on the ceiling of the central living room, and a swimming pool with fiber-optic stars mirroring the Southern constellations, and an extraordinary array of engravings, photography, painting, and sculpture are on display throughout the hotel.
The 12 spacious rooms and suites overlook the vast estate are decorated with contemporary paintings and art pieces. There’s plenty of cement and glass here, and suites come with extravagant extras like private outdoor rainforest-head showers and fireplaces - but you’ll also find exposed brick, wooden beams, and natural materials to remind you that you’re at an estancia. Facilities include airconditioning, minibar and a terrace.
A buffet breakfast is served daily and international dishes can be ordered at the property’s cozy restaurant fitted with candlelit chandeliers, glass panels and wooden floors. The wine cellar boasts over 500 wine bottles. In the afternoon a traditional "asado" (barbecue) is organised.
Yoga lessons and beauty treatments are offered at the spa. Fitness, polo, tennis, horseback riding and water sports can be practiced or guests can unwind in the games room featuring billiards and board games.
The estancia is eco-friendly: the vegetables on your dinner plate come straight from the organic garden, and a windmill and solar panels help to power the mansion. The place is unusual, yes, and breathtaking - merging rural comforts with high design and environmental responsibility.
• 12 rooms