Playa Vik José Ignacio

A truly remarkable private retreat on the beach in the village of José Ignacio, Playa Vik opened in December 2010 and along with sister property, Estancia Vik, has secured José Ignacio’s reputation as Uruguay’s premier international destination. José Ignacio is renowned for its pristine beaches, rugged landscape, exceptional sunsets and relaxed, luxurious bohemian style. The hotel faces west with sweeping views across the Southern Atlantic Ocean and Playa Mansa, also known as the “calm beach” and features 19 suites all uniquely decorated with contemporary Uruguayan and international art. Playa Vik is accessible via the Punta del Este airport, which is serviceable by daily flights from airports in Argentina and Brazil. Alternatively, guests may fly to the capital city of Montevideo one and a half hours away. Playa Vik is located 5.6 miles from Estancia Vik and guests of Playa Vik have full access to the sister property’s facilities and amenities.

The avant-garde beachfront retreat features a central “Sculpture” building which is the heart of the compound boasting an important collection of international and contemporary Uruguayan art throughout. The building’s fifty-five foot inclined façade features a vast sliding wall of glass allowing guests to enjoy the majestic views of José Ignacio’s vibrant coastline. This main building featured communal living and dining spaces, a library, and four spacious suites. The structure is flanked by six small houses or casas, each comprised of two or three bedrooms for a total of 15 suites, available individually or as the entire casa.  Each casa features a fireplace, art-filled interiors and has a unique design scheme, blending the interior and exterior as fully retractable windows lead out to unique private gardens. With a total of 19 suites, Playa Vik is also available for exclusive use.

The culinary offerings at Playa Vik celebrate the dishes of Uruguay. Guests are encouraged to dine family style in the indoor dining room or on the outdoor terrace overlooking the barbeque. Guests will enjoy traditional Uruguayan barbeque, fresh fish and seafood, locally grown fruits and vegetables and homemade breads and pastries all prepared by the property’s talented in-house chef.

The area under the casas has been carved out to create additional space which holds the 40-foot long wine cellar, a playroom, gym and small spa featuring two treatment rooms.  Guests of Playa Vik enjoy a remarkable cantilevered pool extending out from the property’s Patagonian ebony terrace and overlooking the beach below. Seventy-five feet long, the Uruguayan Black Absolute Nero granite pool also features a celestial map of the southern hemisphere created by small optic light points set within the pool floor. In addition to the spectacular pool and terrace area, guests are invited to enjoy the spa and the natural wonders of José Ignacio’s beaches and vibrant life.

Guests are invited to enjoy sister property, Estancia Vik, just five miles away, a traditional Spanish colonial retreat situated on 4,000 acres. The two properties work in tandem, offering a coastal, beachfront experience at Playa Vik and a country ranch retreat in the rolling oceanfront hills of José Ignacio at Estancia Vik. This unique juxtaposition of landscapes was the inspiration behind the two properties, allowing guests to experience the incredible diversity of Uruguay. Playa Vik and Estancia Vik are a celebration of this majestic setting, and provide not only a unique sense of place, but give guests an unparalleled entrée into the culture, art, design and nature of Uruguay.

Playa Vik features extensive art from the owners’ collection of leading international and Uruguayan artists. Art and design are central to the interior spaces and are featured throughout, boasting works from unparalleled selection of contemporary Uruguayan and international artists including, James Turrell, Zaha Hadid, Anselm Kiefer and Pablo Atchugarry, among many others.

Address: Playa Vik
Calle Los Cisnes
Playa Mansa José Ignacio
Maldonado, Uruguay
Tel: +011 598 94 60 5212