Bahia Vik Jose Ignacio
What We Love
- A high-design stay in off-the-beaten-path Uruguay, featuring breakfast and activities
- The sun and serenity at this resort that’s been in Condé Nast Traveller and Robb Report
- Curling up beside the fire pit to enjoy a spectacular sunset over the beach
- Sampling the fresh catch and local flavors of Uruguay at La Susana restaurant
- Enjoying your complimentary breakfast and activities, like horseback riding
What To Know
- Newly-opened; expect some service delays
- The hotel is eco-friendly
- Bikes are available to borrow
If you’re looking for beachside adventure, from morning to late in the
night, you’ll adore Uruguay. The sandy shores of Jose Ignacio have long
played host to socialites and supermodels seeking an exclusive hideaway,
Condé Nast Traveller called it one of the top 10 destinations to
visit last year, and it’s time you found out why. At this new resort on
the coast of the Southern Atlantic Ocean, you’ll delight in tropical
weather, top-tier accommodations and a tranquil paradise, away from all
Brand-new and impossibly chic, Bahia Vik – which Condé Nast Traveller
has also reviewed, along with Robb Report – comprises a collection of
sleek suites and bungalows that reflect the tastes of Mr. Vik himself,
who’s a financier and art collector. Also available are a private beach,
spa, gym, and tennis court, plus La Susana. The excellent
restaurant right next door to the resort serves up local flavors throughout the day and live music
when the sun goes down; it’s the perfect spot to wind down or,
alternatively, to heat up the night, against the sounds of steel drums
and cresting waves.
Suites and bungalows
Bahia Vik features a cluster of 37
spectacular suites and bungalows, each decorated with eclectic modern
style, clean lines and bold patterns. Cozy beds, luxury linens and elite
amenities are included in every roomy suite, which start at 500 square
feet. For yet more space, opt for the Two Bedroom Bungalow.
local flavors are on fine display at La Susana, the beachside
restaurant and bar beside the resort. Casual yet refined, it’s perfect for romantic
evenings and social outings alike, and don’t be surprised if your meal
goes several hours before you realize how much time has passed.
Uruguayan barbecue and out-of-this-world desserts are among the
highlights, and everything is masterfully prepared and paired
beautifully with local Vik wines.Late-night hours find La Susana
transformed into a lounge, where you’ll hear great steel drumming and
local guitarists, or let the DJ guide you as you dance into the wee
What resort stay is complete without
some pampering? Bahia Vik Jose Ignacio features a relaxing spa, where
you can fully unwind; try a tension-targeting massage or a treatment of
your choice from the signature menu.
Vik is the perfect place to escape and enjoy the extraordinary piece of
land along the Southern Atlantic coast. When it’s warm (during the
Northern Hemisphere’s winter, for instance), the exquisite beaches of
Uruguay call for long walks, yoga, horseback riding and evenings that
end in extraordinary sunsets you won’t forget for a while. While you’re
in town, be sure to check out the local art galleries, shops and iconic
lighthouse, then snag a boat to nearby Isla del Lobos – you may even get
a glimpse of the local wildlife, like sea lions and whales. Then, head
back to the resort for knockout stargazing and live music at La Susana’s
How to Get There
This is a stunning hotel. The attention to detail and the quality of the delivery is of the highest standard. The breakfast is not particularly exciting, but perfectly adequate. Very friendly and helpful staff. I stayed at the hotel to attend a wedding, and it was a perfect venue for it. The only slight downer was that the contractors who were dismantling all the wedding stuff (lights, dance floor, loudspeakers etc) started work before eight in the morning and, because they were loading their trucks right outside my window, were quite noisy. Overall, this is a gorgeous place.
Could not be more impressed with Vik Retreats! My first trip to Uruguay, the hotel and staff made the vacation a trip of a lifetime. With three resorts within 10-15 minutes drive from each other, you can experience totally unique and unparalleled adventures at each. At Bahia Vik - it’s perfect for couples and / or friends hideaway - right on the beach and steps away from the town of Jose Ignacio. We the. drove to Estancia Vik for a day of horseback and an evening barbacoa - such a beautiful day!! It fet like two totally different worlds - yet just minutes apart.
For a special adventure - we then drove an hour to the town of Garzon. A true super-foodie haven where Francis Mallmann cooks up specialties and the Bodega Garzon Winery will amaze the most serious wino!!
Juan Pablo Pigliapoco, thank you for making our stay so special - you truly embody the skill and finesse of creating a home away from home. Your entire team was an absolute gift!!! Hope to see you again soon!
First of all, the hotel really is beautiful. It is located directly at a wonderful beachfront where the sand is so fine that it squeaks under your feet. The beach is almost yours alone (at least in november), there are very few people, it is clean and the dunes are full of birds. Rooms are either in the main building or in bungalows along the beach. Each bungalow houses three rooms which can be connected if needed. Every bungalow has its very own unique style.
Breakfast is not very sophisticated but nice. You get some sliced cheese and ham, toast, fresh fruits and croissants. Eggs are made to order, everything ist really tasty but there could be a bit more to choose from, especially if you stay for more than just a couple of days.
The staff is simply great. All of them are really helpful and go out of their way to organize things for you. Always friendly, always cheerful, they are the real gems of this place. Service ist top notch at all times.
But there are some downsides as well. We arrived there very early in the season. So two of the four pools hadn’t been readied yet, they where foggy, full of sand and algae from the winter, the filtration pumps where not running. The staff called their sister hotel playa vik, which is just a 15 min stroll away along the beach and let us hang out at the pool over there. We absolutely recommend going there, this pool and the view are absolutely stunning (go for sunset!). Service over there is also excellent, by the way.
In our room the toilet flush was broken. Small flush didn’t work at all, the large wouldn’t stop until you hit the button about 10 times. Of course we mentioned that and of course they said they would send someone to fix it but when we left four days later it was still broken.
Wine prices are in the expected range for such a hotel but still 2-3 times the prices you pay everywhere else there. Some pricings are just ridiculous though. 12 USD for a bottle of Uruguayan beer? 5 USD for a single Teabag? Come on. Food prices are also high compared to outside restaurants but ok, the food itself is very good, fresh and of high quality.
Tip: for eating out go to La Huella, for having exceptional great wines and a chat go to Solera wine bar, both are only a few minutes away.
At the moment they are constructing some new bungalows, so expect some noise, particularly when staying in one of the rooms near the main building. We were in the outermost bungalow, which was perfectly fine and quiet.
All things considered the hotel is definitely a great place to stay if you like secluded places without crowds and excellent service. The above mentioned downsides by themselves were not much of a deal for us but if you pay 500 USD per night you expect perfection even in the details.
We visted right at the end of the "season". As a matter of fact, the hotel closed the last day we were there and will reopen when Spring comes. The hotel is stunning. The epitomy of cool, laid back elegance in a gorgeous setting. Our room was huge and extremely comfortable ( Guerra Suite in the main building) with a massive bed, great artwork and a bathroom I could live in. The housekeeper was excellent, with nightly turndown service and lovely bathroom amenities. The grounds of the hotel were flawless and the main "social" area had comfy sofas, an impeccable playlist and wildly wonderful painted ceilings. The fire pit area was very inviting and the breakfast was nice (although not fantastic).
The only criticism I have is the bar service. The drinks were very expensive and not good and the bar food, the same. The nearby La Huella's food and drinks were far superior.
We loved riding at the sister property Estancia Vik ( it was closed, but available to ride). I want to stay there in the future.
Great little hotel right on the beach. Each room is different and huge. Views to the pools and gardens But.....you have to like modern art. Each room was designed by a different artist. Most ne had a huge nude woman on the wall behind the bed and just opposite on the other wall, another nude but this one completely blue. Kind of scary when you wake in the middle of the night. You can walk down the beach to the other Vik and have a drink in their amazing bar/pool...but Bahia V has a great fire pit with chairs and bar service right on the beach. Both have great views of the sunset.
So...rooms..very minimalistic with only the bed and a tv in most and huge bathrooms too...almost too big with the shower coming out of the ceiling next to a huge tub. I am 5’2” tall and could barely get my leg over the side of tub, many of which look like huge carved boulders and others like a big egg.
This place is very casual and fun, but you definitely need either a sense of humor or a love of modern art!