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
Extremely noisy with a party at night. Really disrespectful. The staff did nothing about it and the rave, laughter and yelling didn't stop after several calls to the front desk. I'd you, like me, were looking for somewhere to rest, skip it here.
Once you set foot in the entrance road (must be fixed, for sure. Lots of potholes) you will probably get a familiar feeling. You can forget for a moment that you are in Uruguay, and feel that you are in a 5 star lodge in the mountains. You can move this hotel into the Sequoia Park and it will fit like a charm. Big trees (not as big, of course, mostly pines), give you the feel of a mountain forest. Reception is awsome. Take a minute to appreciate the main entrance door. Is a piece of art itself.
Reception is a beautiful place to stay in winter, near the fireplace. From here, you can go downstairs for a first class restaurant. Not a big menu, but with a perfect selection of local food for you to enjoy. Not very pricey, though. Enjoy the wine.
Across the restaurant, there is a bar (open only at night), where you can enjoy all sort of drinks. It has an outdoor deck (with its own outdoor fireplace) perfect to enjoy the sunset.
Moving to the rooms, they are lodge-type. Walk to the room is outdoor.
We got a cabin-like room. Two floor designed. (not sure if they have accesible rooms, as the bedroom is upstairs).
Lower floor has a small bathroom, a table, a large sofa (really large, wall to wall), tv, mini bar, and an outdoor deck, which we can't use because it is mostly fit for summer time.
Second floor is huge (at least for us) , big bedroom, lots of storage space (alert: there is no iron in the room, you have to ask for it).
Separate shower and toillete, and a hot tub. Beautiful.
So bad it has no balcony. View of the surrounding trees and the river would be much, much better.
It does have all you expect from a 5 star hotel.
You defintely have to have a car. There is a couple of excellent local restaurants (Basta Pedro, Narbona, Casa Chic) between 4 and 6 miles from the hotel. Worth the visit.
Nearest city is Carmelo, 16 miles from the hotel. You can plan a visit to Colonia del Sacramento, beautiful city, around an 1 hour of driving from the hotel.
About facilities, nice Gym, indoor pool, large and beautiful outdoor pool, full size (18 holes) golf driving range. Some experts say it is the best in this part of America, Yoga classes, massages (all kind), bikes.
Extraordinary resort! Spent 2 nights with my 2 kids, and enjoyed all the facilities. Friendliness of all the staff is genuine and every time trying to make your stay very memorable. Rooms are truly amazing !