One of the not so well known South American nations, but don’t let this put you off. Uruguay does not have iconic monuments or mysterious cultures that are associated with Brazil or Peru…but what it lacks in tourist ticket numbers it makes up for in eccentric old world charm, wild beaches and understated chic. The fashionable and exclusive winter sun retreats coupled with the pizazz of the high rise and slick winter summer city of Punta del Este, Uruguay is home to many of the global jet set.
There are a wide range of high spec serviced villas, beach houses and small exclusive hotels all within walking distance of ‘to be seen in’ low key restaurants and designer boutiques. The beachside villages around José Ignacio have been likened to the Hamptons of the southern hemisphere, which perfectly sums up this southern Atlantic exclusive enclave.
However, Uruguay also deserves to be explored. The driving is as easy as in Europe (if not easier) distances are relatively short for South America and on good roads. Venture to the gentle, undulating vineyards at Carmelo for exquisite wine and olive oil tasting; whilst stopping en-route at the charming UNESCO protected city of Colonia. Here you can wander the cobbled streets and artist studios whilst glimpsing the metropolis that is Buenos Aires situated just across the River Plate.
A visit to Uruguay also combines extremely well as an addition to Argentina, as the neighbouring countries complement each other superbly.
An asado (BBQ) on an estancia terrace, a super hip beach restaurant in José Ignacio or fine dining in a bodega vineyard. Uruguay optimizes outdoor living.
Bask in a glorious summer climate from November to March with late lunches and balmy evenings on the beach. Uruguay is one of the few countries outside Brazil on the South American continent to offer an excellent selection of high spec serviced villas. World renowned chefs fly down for the summer season and offer their services for both exclusive villa dining and as guest chefs at restaurants.
Enjoy the outdoors with superb riding and water sports expertly curated by our representatives.
Uruguay oozes with vintage charm and a relaxed, old fashioned way of life in the west and interior. The small city of Colonia by the River Plate is rich in history and was declare a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995. Not only are the cobbled streets and impressive city walls preserved but also a dining experience that harks back to the 70’s! However, coupled with this are excellent ‘parillos’ (South American grills) with dishes always accompanied by a full bodied local vineyard bottle of Tannat.
North of Colonia after driving through undulating farmland
you will find the small town of Carmelo which seems like it hasn’t changed since the 50’s!
The Uruguayan coast transforms into a playground for the international jet set, once the summer in the southern hemisphere arrives (November – March). The sleek white skyscrapers of Punta del Este gradually fizzle out to low rise chic coastal village resorts where you will find stunning, exclusive beach hotels and bright and airy beachfront villas.
The village of José Ignacio is known for after dark beach parties and informal, yet exclusive, beach shack dining. Spend lazy days riding on the beach, all afternoon al fresco dining or sailing out to an island
for a picnic lunch.
Members can enjoy privileged access to a carefully curated
selection of fully serviced villas and advice on making the most that Uruguay has to offer.
Wine production in Uruguay is on a far smaller scale than Argentina and Chile but is increasingly appearing on wine menus and sparking interest of wine connoisseurs.
Tannat is considered as a national heritage by the Uruguayans and compliments Uruguayan steak exceedingly well. Uruguay has found a niche market for one of the most difficult of grapes to grow and the wine that they have produced is of excellent quality.
We have the inside track on the most charming of organic boutique wine lodges in the gentle undulating countryside of western Uruguay. We can arrange private tastings for members in both wine and olive oil which is also a Uruguayan speciality
Uruguay is the one country in South America where guests don’t have to spend hours travelling to experience authentic gaucho life on an estancia. Within an hour after stepping out from the airport at Montevideo you can be relaxing in the fresh air and open countryside. Or saddle up and canter through rolling hills and across beaches.
Uruguayans are immensely proud of their gaucho heritage and agricultural history. Uruguayan beef is reputed to be the most succulent in South America and staying at an estancia will give you the chance to savour it straight from the source.
Please contact your Destination Specialist for more information on +44 (0) 1993 824198
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