4.5
Very Good 200 Reviews
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What We Love

  • Breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
  • Gorgeous sunsets, thanks to far-reaching views of the serene and lush Uruguyan countryside
  • Ultramodern spa
  • An outdoor pool carved out of a giant boulder, next to an alfresco bar
  • Great Italian food at the hilltop stonewalled restaurant
  • Privacy for couples and plenty of activities for families
  • Staying in a glamorous Fasano hotel

What To Know

  • You’ll need a car or taxi to get around Punta del Este
  • The town’s popular La Barra neighborhood and the wavy beaches of Manantiales are about 5 miles away

  • A 9-hole golf course, designed by Arnold Palmer, is set to open in 2012

  • Kids and pets are welcome, but the bungalows and common areas are spread out around the estate, ensuring peace and quiet

Amenities

  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

As more people discover Punta del Este, the Hamptons of South America, demand for tranquility and exclusivity is on the rise. Hence the beach ranch, a vacation option that offers the best of both worlds: access to Punta’s ocean waves and high-octane nightlife, and a sojourn in secluded rural surroundings.

The new Fasano Las Piedras, which is the Fasano brand’s first property outside Brazil, takes countryside chic to the next level. Add nonstop pampering to 1,200 acres of rocky hills with views of forests and serene lagoons, and you get new levels of relaxation. One afternoon, as I sat on a giant sofa inside one of the lobby’s living rooms, enveloped by the aromas of wood and fresh flowers, I felt that I could close my eyes and nap for hours.

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There are two on-site restaurants: Las Piedras, a casual pasta joint in a renovated 1930s estancia decked out in flea market finds, and Fasano, which crowns the estate’s highest peak and serves gourmet Italian fare such as grilled octopus with baked cherry tomatoes in lemon seasoning. The futuristic-looking spa has 180-degree views of the nearby forest, a heated pool, two saunas, and a long list of treatments.

Perhaps my favorite part of the hotel was the outdoor pool, which is carved out of a giant hillside boulder and doesn’t seem manmade at all. Steps away, an open-air bar serves delicious fresh juices and cocktails, a fitting complement to idyllic sunsets over the faraway Maldonado Lagoon.

How to Get There

Hotel Fasano Las Piedras
Cno. Cerro Egudquiza y Paso del Barranco
La Barra, 00000 Uruguay

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 200 Reviews
A 5 star hotel in 3 star condition with 7 star prices...
Reviewed 10 months ago

Oh dear. I first stayed in a Fasano hotel, the original in Sao Paolo, in 2004 on the recommendation of some very dear Brazilian friends. My mind was blown - the location was terrific, the fittings first rate and the service was exceptional - and I have long described it as 'one of the smartest hotels i have ever stayed in'. Having decided to visit La Barra, I was excited to return to a Fasano hotel.

I should have smelt a rat when the same dear Brazilian friends described Las Piedras as 'a bit tired'. They were right. It has been open for quite a few years and it looks like nothing has been spent on it since. It was probably fabulous when it was created, but is now much more 'shabby' than 'chic'. Some aspects of our suite were worn out and others falling apart. Really not good enough.

The hotel has three redeeming features. First, the location is wonderful - with fantastic views of the Uruguayan plains. Second, the ultra modern design is sensational. Third, the service is genuinely 5 star - the generally very young team are all top class, keen to help and deserve thanks and congratulations.

The restaurant and dining facilities have no redeeming features. The food in the main restaurant was, at best, mediocre - we both had a flavourless pea and scallop soup, my wife had a similarly dull piece of fish and I had an overcooked piece of beef that claimed to be fillet but tasted like horse meat. With the least pricey wine, the bill / check was US$350! I regularly pay less than that in central London at 2 Michelin starred restaurants.

The food in the locanda restaurant was perfectly acceptable - snacks like toasted sandwiches, pizzas and empanadas - things I would expect to pay US$100 for two for in midtown or upper Manhattan. Price at Las Piedras? US$200. A rip off.

The pricing of food and beverages at Las Piedras is an outrage and an abuse of guests' goodwill - the nearest alternatives are at least 20 minutes away and therefore impractical. It is a hollow threat as I am a very irregular visitor to South America, but I will never stay at a Fasano hotel or eat at a Fasano restaurant again after experiencing such insulting pricing.

A fabulous four day visit with the exception of outrageous food prices by any standard.
Reviewed 10 months ago

Gorgeous setting, lovely rooms, excellent and personal service. The problem is without a car you must use their dining services. The least expensive item on the menu begins at $22 for a hamburger and goes to ^60 for meat or fish..with bolognese pasta around $47. A salad of simple greens is @18..etc. etc. etc.'

Cover charge is $11 a person and then a grautity expectation of 10%.

Breakfast is included, and is delicious and plentiful.

Amazing Uruguay countryside hotel!
Reviewed 10 months ago

In Fasano Las Piedras you will enjoy peacefull countryside life with luxury services. Silence, green, bird singing, you may spot a fox or a deer, hundreds of birds. Amazing architecture and Italian chef, although it is only ten minutes from the beach, you won't want to go, as the hotel environment gives you all. Wagyu meat, typical Uruguayan barbacue, great wine. I loved it. Perfect for a romantic stay!

Beautiful place with poor service and unreasonable f/b costs
Reviewed 1 year ago

Positive:
- The huge (from one end to the other it's probably 5-6 kilometers) area of the hotel offers a really beautiful landscape with a great variety of different animals (mostly birds).
- It's great fun to drive around with your own golf cart + you can do a lot of other activities (tennis, golf, horse riding, beach, etc.).
- The architecture and the interior design of the different buildings (restaurants, libary, bungalows, spa, etc.) is absolutely stunning. Well done!

Negative:
- Exorbitant prices for food and beverages. Yes, this is a luxury hotel where prices might be higher as somewhere else, however, the price level across all restaurants is unreasonable. A few examples: Two very simple ham/cheese sandwiches: 55 USD, 2 Gin/Tonic (cheapest Gin): 53 USD, 2 small scoops of chocolate icecream (you just get the icecream - no fruits, no decoration - nothing): 18 USD.
- The service level of staff is very poor. They are probably all nice people, however, most of them are not competent at all and don't speak a SINGLE word of English - it feels more like a group of interns taking care of you which makes the price level mentioned above even worst.
- During our stay the hotel was almost completely empty which makes the atmosphere a bit weird.

Remote luxury hotel
Reviewed 1 year ago

Pros

Remote with sprawling vistas
Excellent decor reminiscent of the wild west. Very rustic yet luxuriously tasteful.
Fascinating modern architecture with cantilevered staircase
Rooms are large with views of Punta Del Este and surrounding countryside
Hi speed WIFI
Attentive staff
Spa services were good as were the amenities and pool
Quiet, secure
Good breakfast on the top floor with 360 views

Cons

Limited food options
Remote from attractions, however, the concierge can arrange a biking tour, tour of Montevideo, etc