Playa Vik Jose Ignacio

Playa Vik Jose Ignacio, Jose Ignacio, Uruguay

José Ignacio, Uruguay’s idyllic, vibrant coastal area, is home to Playa Vik José Ignacio, an exclusive South American private retreat. The sister property to Estancia Vik José Ignacio, which opened to worldwide acclaim in February 2009, Playa Vik has secured José Ignacio’s reputation as Uruguay’s premier international destination.

Merging exceptional design, an unrivalled location, flawless personalized service, environmentally minded practices and an unparalleled collection of contemporary Uruguayan and international art, Playa Vik is a truly remarkable property perched on the most coveted point on the Uruguayan coastline. Located 12 miles northeast of Punta del Este, José Ignacio is renowned for its pristine beaches, rugged landscape, exceptional sunset and relaxed, luxurious bohemian style.

The focal building of this avant-garde beachfront retreat is a central “Sculpture” building, which is the heart of the compound, boasting an important collection of international and South American art throughout, including works from James Turrell, Zaha Hadid and Anselm Kiefer. The building’s 55-foot inclined façade features a vast sliding wall of glass, designed to open completely and capture the majestic views of José Ignacio’s vibrant coastline, as well as allowing sunlight and the outdoors to pour into the interiors.

The central Sculpture building houses Playa Vik’s communal living and dining spaces, a library, four bedroom suites and an Italian-designed kitchen by Strato Cucine. Contemporary art and design play a central theme at Playa Vik. Handmade Japanese parchment paper floats between suspended panels of glass in the corridors by the bedrooms and can also be found in the traditional Japanese Shoji doors separating the living room and library on the main floor. A 75-foot cantilevered pool of Uruguayan black absolute nero granite with a fibre optic lit celestial map of the southern hemisphere sits amidst the Lapacho, stretching out beyond the limit of the terrace and cantilevering 32 feet over the beach garden below.

Six small houses or casas surround the main structure in an L-shaped pavilion acting as individual homes for extended family and guests. Three of the casas house three bedrooms, a living room and two private gardens or terrace, two have two bedrooms, a living room and two private gardens and one has two bedrooms, each with its own private garden. Five of the casas have a front terrace as well. Each casa features a fireplace, art-filled interiors and has a unique design scheme, including Ebony Macassar ceilings and hand painted floors.  These casas once again blend the interior and exterior as fully retractable windows lead out to their unique private gardens.

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. The space also includes an indoor dining room, which features large glass windows overlooking Playa Mansa, the garden and the outdoor barbeque. The outdoor terrace is situated just next to the beach and features a traditional brasero or fire pit with comfortable seating all around as well as a 14-foot continuous piece of cinnamon-wood which has been fashioned into a dining table.

Location and Transfers

Playa Vik is located on the peninsula of José Ignacio, facing west with sweeping views across the Southern Atlantic Ocean and Playa Mansa, also known as the “calm” beach looking towards Punta del Este.
The resort is approximately 45 minutes from Punta del Este’s José Curbello Airport.

Accommodation

The central sculpture building at Playa Vik houses three bedroom suites and one bedroom each sleeping two people which may be rented out together to accommodate families or a group of friends (see Escultura under Casas below):

Atrium Room
Caras Suite
Fuerteventura Suite
Valentina Suite

Casas – Six small houses or casas surround the main structure in an L shaped pavilion acting as individual homes for extended family and guests.

Casa Tierra: 2 Bedrooms with Living Room
1 Master Suite with king-size bed and private bathroom (bathtub separated from shower), a living room with fireplace; a Suite with two bunk beds and a private bathroom (shower). 1 patio on each side of the Casa

Casa Blanca: 2 Bedrooms
1 Master Suite with a King-size bed and private bathroom; 1 Master Suite with King or Twin Beds and private bathroom (both bathrooms have bathtub separated from shower) and patios on each side of the Casa

Casa José Ignacio: 2 Bedrooms with Living Room 
1 Master Suite with king-sized bed and private bathroom (bathtub separated from shower), a living room with fireplace; a Suite with two bunk beds and a private bathroom (shower). 1 patio

Casa Raíces:  3 Bedrooms with Living Room
1 Master Suite with a King-size bed and private bathroom;  1 Master Suite with King or Twin Beds and private bathroom (both bathrooms have bathtub separated from shower); a living room with fireplace, 1 single room with private bathroom (shower). 2 patios

Casa Ébano:  3 Bedrooms with Living Room
1 Master Suite with a King-size bed and private bathroom;  1 Master Suite with King or Twin Beds and private bathroom (both bathrooms have bathtub separated from shower); a living room with fireplace, 1 single room with bathroom (shower). 2 patios

Casa Mar: 3 Bedrooms with Living Room
1 Master Suite with a King-size bed and private bathroom;  1 Master Suite with King or Twin Beds and private bathroom (both bathrooms have bathtub separated from shower); a living room with fireplace, 1 single room with bathroom (shower). 1 patio and balcony

Escultura: Two floors. 1st floor, 3 Suites and 1 Bedroom
3 Master suites with complete bathrooms and King-size bed. 1 bedroom with private bathroom (shower). On the ground floor (common area) there is a bar, library and a lounge area, with direct access to the swimming pool

Dining

The cuisine at Playa Vik is under the creativity of the hotel’s nationally acclaimed chef, Marcelo Betancourt.

Facilities and Activities

Spa
Yoga on request
Gym
Outdoor Swimming Pool
Sauna
Games Room
Cellar
Garden
BBQ Terrace
Brasero (Fire Pit)
Kite Surfing
Mountain Biking
Kayaking

Available at Estancia Vik:
Tennis
Driving Range
Polo
Canoeing
Horse Riding
Paintballing
Lake activities

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