Estancia Vik Jose Ignacio

Estancia Vik Jose Ignacio, Jose Ignacio, Uruguay

Estancia Vik Jose Ignacio sits on 4,000 acres in the rolling countryside of Jose Ignacio, Uruguay. The Estancia borders the Arroyo and the Laguna Jose Ignacio, which meet the Southern Atlantic just two kilometres away. Jose Ignacio is Uruguay’s idyllic, vibrant coastal area, located 20 kilometres northeast of Punta del Este. It is emerging as Uruguay’s premier international destination, drawing travellers to enjoy the pristine beaches, nature, rugged landscape and relaxed, bohemian setting.

The Spanish colonial-style building is a 50,000 square foot structure designed by Marcelo Daglio and the owners. The traditional estancia features white adobe walls and red tin roofs with covered walkways linking multiple outdoor courtyards and idyllic gardens. The expansive patios feature outdoor seating areas, sculpture installations, respites from the sun and a large herb garden.

The south side of the Estancia boasts a large grass covered garden and 20 metre pool made of Absolute Nero stone. The bottom of the pool is dotted with fibre optic lights, which mirror the constellations above. The artists featured throughout Estancia Vik are celebrated for their vision and individuality. Each has been selected by the retreat’s owners through their involvement with art in Uruguay over many years, and in partnership with Marcelo Daglio and curator Enrique Badaró Nadal. Some highlights include the Estancia’s vast central living room which showcases a statuary white marble sculpture by world renowned Pablo Atchugarry; standing 3.5 metres or 12 feet tall. The acclaimed Uruguayan sculptor’s creation rises to meet the 300 square metre ceiling and frieze painted by Clever Lara, another leading Uruguayan contemporary artist. This work is a “satellitescape” view of Jose Ignacio and Uruguay, inspired by Google Earth. Eight very large semi-precious stones in their natural state hang from the walls between sets of glass doors, which the owners discovered in the far north of Uruguay. Colourist Carlos Musso has painted the Estancia’s unique garden chapel in his beautifully spiritual manner. These are just a few examples of what has become the central theme of the Estancia.

Location and Transfers

Located a short drive from José Ignacio and 45 minutes from Punta del Este’s José Curbello Airport.


The Estancia’s private living space is separated into two wings, each containing six bedroom Suites. Of the six suites in each wing, there are four 500 square foot Suites on the ground level and two 900 square foot Master Suites on the second floor. All twelve private Suites have a unique design and display and integrate original art conceived for each space by leading contemporary Uruguayan artists.

Suites – the Suites all feature full bathrooms with separate bath tubs and rain showers. Each suite also has a full built-in closet, and private access to the exterior patios surrounding the Estancia Vik Jose Ignacio

Master Suites – same facilities as Suites but also including outdoor showers on the patio. Each Master Suite has a walk-in closet and private access to the exterior patios


Estancia Vik Jose Ignacio boasts a brick barreled dining room which is well suited for an intimate dinner for two or a party for forty. The brick walls extend down to a wine cellar below and continue up to the vaulted ceiling. A work of master craftsmen, the barreled brick room and ceiling were created without the use of any mortar. The dining room sits on a wood beam floor with glass windows imbedded in each corner, suspended above the wine cellar creating an incredibly unique space.

In keeping with local tradition, the “Estancia” showcases a Uruguayan parillero, or barbeque, with the traditional tin walls and fogon, or central open fire. Celebrated Uruguayan artist Marcelo Legrand has painted the walls and ceiling in his brilliantly chaotic style, bringing a contemporary flair to this traditional space.

The culinary offerings at Estancia Vik Jose Ignacio celebrate the dishes of Uruguay. Guests will enjoy traditional barbeque, fresh fish and seafood, locally grown fruits and vegetables and homemade breads and pastries.

Facilities and Activities

Male & Female Saunas
Granite Swimming Pool
Private polo field
Stable of Criollo riding horses
Games room – with a pool table, table tennis and a variety of other games
Golf practice area
Handmade canoes
Sail boats
Fishing equipment
Nature walks
Bird watching

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