Estancia Vik Jose Ignacio
What We Love
- Daily continental breakfast and soft drinks are included in the rate
- Each room is designed by a different Uruguayan artist
- Professional polo field on the grounds
- Between December and March enjoy access to Playa Vik José Ignacio, which has a pool, a sauna, spa treatment rooms, a game room, a gym and more
What To Know
- The beach is only a mile away
- On-site cellar is stocked with 5,000 bottles of South America’s best wines
- The hotel opened in 2009
- Eco-friendly, self-sustaining design
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Estancia Vik José Ignacio combines urban cool (contemporary artworks by local artists) with rustic adventure (kayaking on Lake José Ignacio, riding horses on the polo field). The art at the 12-suite Spanish Colonial hotel is superb: Clever Lara has painted a representation of José Ignacio and Uruguay inspired by Google Earth on the ceiling of the resort’s living room; Marcelo Legrand refashioned one of the dining rooms after a rugged tin galpon (shed) awash in colorful, abstract graffiti. The design-forward suites are spacious and have wooden accents, as well as luxuries such as free WiFi, sunken tubs and plush down duvets with Frette linens atop four-poster beds. On lazy days it’s tempting to hole up and rest poolside. A yoga class and ping-pong game provide enough activity to prepare for the mealtime Malbec and asado, a traditional South American barbecue.
In the Area
Take the 45-minute drive to the remote town of Garzon and eat at Francis Mallman’s El Garzon restaurant; the delicately grilled meat and fish alone are worth the trip. Sweet tooths should head to Medialunas Calentitas, La Barra’s best-kept culinary secret, for bags full of medialunas (sweet croissants) filled with dulce de leche. Shop for leather and suede jackets, pants and skirts, all tailored to fit, at Daniel Curto’s eponymous shop. Go early in your trip, to allow a few days for sizing and alterations (Ruta 10, Km. 160; La Barra; 42-770-091). Michelin star La Bourgogne, a 10-minute taxi ride from La Barra, is considered by many to be the best restaurant in South America. Sit outdoors amid foliage and flowers and splurge on fine French cuisine. On the way out pick up a pain au chocolat at the bakery downstairs for the next morning’s breakfast.
How to Get There
We stayed for four nights over Thanksgiving and loved every minute. There was lots to do on property - horse riding, watching the polo mathches, fishing, and for my 15 year old son, paint balling with the staff! The food is superb - wonderful menu and variety, with the sublime asado to enjoy after a big day of exercise. The house is eclectic but luxuriously comfortable. I loved my morning sitting outside by the pool contemplating the views and enjoying the perfect cup of coffee. More of a house party feel than a classic hotel. We cannot wait to go back
Nearby you can enjoy all the amenities of the other two Vik hotels in Jose Ignacio - fun to enjoy the more edgy vibe of Playa Vik at sunset. And a trip to Garzon to experience Francis Mallmann’s restaurant is another must. And Jose Ignacio is how I imagine the Hamptons 30 years ago before the traffic and the crowds.
This beautiful property has all you would ever need for an escape from a hectic life! The isolated location in the country side makes you feel a world away and the sunsets from our patio area were just magical. The eclectic artwork and interior designs are all intriguing and we have never seen a hotel or resort quite like it! Our horse riding was also all included, as were many other activities that we didn't take part in and a special thank you to Juan for showing us around on their beautiful horses. Without question, all the staff were sensational and very professional and nothing was ever a problem for them.
As for the dining experience, we stayed in at the restaurant both nights and we were super-impressed by the quantity and quality of the food and wine - it was all delicious and can highly recommend the 2011 Vik red wine. During the day, we drove the 15 minutes down to Jose Ignacio and there are several excellent restaurants to try out and many beautiful beaches all the way along towards Punta del Este.
You will want for nothing whilst staying here and if a 5 star, non-pretentious but luxurious and relaxing stay in a country retreat is what you're after then you've come to the right place!
Fabulous setting,rooms,dining areas,pool etc etc.
A wonderful property staffed by extremely friendly and professional people . Amazing views and great food.
Great activities- riding,kayaking,fishing ,hiking or just chilling by the pool.
You will not go wrong by staying at this ultra luxury property. Its expensive but worth every penny.
My only gripe - there is only three red wines available two form the owners vineyard in Chile ,the other a Uruguayan wine at 120 dollars a bottle. I love wine and wanted to,more more.
We stayed at Bahia Vik on a recent visit and took advantage of the BBQ offered at Estancia Vik. Wow! While a bit off the beaten path, this was the best Vik property to truly get away from it all. The decor is mind blowing with the parlor room and the pool. As we approached the main building, horses lined the dirt road and barely flinched at our headlights! I was vacationing with a friend, but could see returning for a romantic getaway and staying here to take advantage of riding the horses at sunset. Until next time!
I enjoyed my third stay at this beautiful ranch in March 2017. It is a unique property in an amazing location. It has just gotten better and better since I first stayed here with my best friend in 2011. Guadalupe and Thomas do a fantastic job managing the property.
The horse riding program is truly special and worth a stay at the Estancia just for this experience alone. One day we rode on the beach which was a special first experience for lifetime horse people like us. The ranch's Criollo ponies are sure-footed and even tempered.
The pool is peaceful with great views across the countryside. There is cozy furniture and it is easy to fall asleep reading in the shade! I often had the entire pool area to myself.
One of my favorite Estancia Vik experiences (after the horse riding) is sitting on the room's patio taking in the view of the horses and cows grazing and wandering around the property. Each room has an outside patio area with adarondak chairs. It relaxes me in a heartbeat, especially at sunset. Fireflies add some more magic and sparkle to the peaceful vibe.
This year I did a birding tour with Gustavo (offers birdwatching tours in the area). There is a lot of bird life on the ranch (three species of kingfishers!) and if you are a birder you won't want to miss this experience. Bring your binoculars (you can also borrow a pair from Gustavo). My favorite new bird was the Spectacled Tyrant. We heard a Capybara jump into the river during our walk but we not lucky enough to see it.
There is a really funny gray (white) horse whom we enjoyed watching. He was always doing something silly and often ended up on the grass right outside our room. I never got his name but he was a real character to watch.
I have never stayed anywhere that gives me as special of a guest experience as Estancia Vik does. The common areas are comfortable and inviting and filled with beautiful art.
The nearby beach town Jose Ignacio is lovely and a great spot for lunch.
Walking on the beach in the morning, followed by a swim in the ocean, then lunch at La Huela finished with a sunset ride is, for me personally, the perfect day of vacation.
Thank you to everyone for the Best Vacation Ever.