Carmelo Resort & Spa, the Unbound Collection by Hyatt
What We Love
- Daily activities — from cooking lessons to walking tours — are included in the rate
- All of the spacious, open room plans have private terraces
- Free shuttle into town
What To Know
- Its remote location means a two-hour drive and a ferry ride from Buenos Aires (or 20-minute flight on a small plane)
- In March and April, grapes are collected at local wineries and new wines are ready for tasting
- Although the resort provides several “couples experiences,” expect a lot of families, too
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Tucked up against the grassy bank of Uruguay’s Rio de la Plata, the Four Seasons Carmelo is a rustic retreat housing 20 bungalows and 24 bi-level suites. But the resort’s features speak to a seemingly larger scale: The three restaurants, library, 18-hole golf course, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis court and spa leave little room for the idle. Bring the tots too; they’ll love a day of horseback riding lessons or hosted activities at the kid’s club. Six of the bungalows have river views, but all accommodations feature spacious open plans and private terraces — perfect for spreading out with the whole family.
In the Area
Though the hotel’s free shuttle into town makes for a nice day of local shopping and exploring, the ample onsite activities leave little reason to leave the grounds. Consult the hotel for their full schedule of activities, from pastry or polo lessons; horseback riding to canoeing; and even a sunset cruise, complete with snacks and refreshments. While the kids are at the Children’s Club, opt for a day of golf at the 18-hole golf course, or unwind with a 60-minute Uruguayan Tannat treatment at the spa.
How to Get There
We had a great time at the Carmelo Resort, a Hyatt property. The staff is very friendly and the accommodations were great, just a little bit outdated. They served bubbling wine and sweets at our room. Since they knew it was our wedding anniversary, one night they surprised us with more wine, rose petals all over and candles around the bathing tub. They really know how to treat the guests. They have a fantastic outdoor pool, but since it was winter, no one would dare to try. They also have a nice indoor pool and jacuzzi, a gym, horses, bikes, yoga room facing the river. The boat ride they arranged was beautiful! We recommend doing it! The food was great, but the restaurant was very pricey .... Evrything was charged in US Dollars, and I did not understand why, since it is not a dolarized economy. Other places we visited and stayed in Uruguay charged us in Pesos Uruguayos. ATTENTION: it is kinda tricky to find the hotel. Pay attention from Carmelo it will be on your left. There is a discrete sign on the front gate. Google Maps will take you elsewhere so be careful.
I don’t understand why some comments are negative. I really loved the resort and I am looking forward to go again next July. I went with friends, and we had a great time. Bi levels rooms were incredible and the lobby is very confortable
The food is incredible meanly the breakfast
Because of my job, I spend around 80 nights per year in hotels. When it comes to taking time off with my family, I always prefer renting homes (hoteles feel, after all, "work" to me)...with only one exception in the whole world: Hyatt's Carmelo Resort and Spa. The place is absolutely amazing, and the staff goes above and beyond to make you feel right at home and completely welcome. My family absolutely loves the place, where we try to go as often as we can. Additionally, the value received is outstanding: regardless of the rate you pay, you always feel you received so much for your money that the enjoyment is even greater!