José Ignacio, located just 12 miles northeast of Punta del Este, is emerging as Uruguay’s premier international destination, drawing travelers to enjoy the pristine beaches, nature, rugged landscape and relaxed, bohemian setting.
Playa Vik José Ignacio is a celebration of its majestic setting perched on the most coveted point on the Uruguayan coastline, facing west with sweeping views across the Southern Atlantic Ocean and Playa Mansa with a sunset that has been described as the best on the planet.
The avant-garde beachfront retreat features a central “Sculpture” building which is the heart of the compound boasting an important collection of international and contemporary Uruguayan art throughout. The building’s fifty-five foot inclined façade features a vast sliding wall of glass allowing guests to enjoy the majestic views of José Ignacio’s vibrant coastline.
Guests of Playa Vik enjoy a remarkable cantilevered pool extending out from the property’s Patagonian ebony terrace and overlooking the beach below. Seventy-five feet long, the Uruguayan Black Absolute Nero granite pool also features a celestial map of the southern hemisphere created by small optic light points set within the pool floor.
In addition to the spectacular pool and terrace area, guests are invited to enjoy the spa and the natural wonders of Jose Ignacio’s beaches and vibrant life.
The entrance to the sculpture building is a two story curved and inclined glass façade with a monumental sculpted bronze door, created by internationally celebrated Uruguayan artist Pablo Atchugarry as a modern interpretation of Ghiberti’s legendary doors at Florence’s Baptistery.
The lateral walls and roof of the building are made of double curved titanium panels and rich Patagonian ebony floors are found throughout the expansive indoor and outdoor spaces, blurring the line between interior and exterior as they extend from the living room to the pool terrace.
The sculpture includes expansive communal living and dining spaces, a library, three bedroom suites and an Italian designed kitchen by Strato Cucine. Playa Vik’s main house is flanked by six small houses or casaseach comprised of two or three bedrooms and private gardens, Each casa features a fireplace and has a distinctly unique design and art filled interior.
These casas once again blend the interior and exterior as fully retractable windows lead out to these unique private gardens. Dividing the casas are large Bougainillea plants that grow upwards towards the the casas’ “living roof” of colorful rayitos del sol, Uruguayan wildflowers, which cover and sweep across the undulating earth roofscapes of the casa pavilion, creating a striking panorama of natural color.
The culinary offerings at Playa Vik celebrate the dishes of Uruguay. Guests are encouraged to dine family style in the indoor dining room or on the outdoor terrace overlook ing the barbeque. Guests will enjoy traditional Uruguyan barbeque , fresh fish and seafood, locally grown fruits and vegetables and homemade breads and pastries all prepared by the property’s talented in-house chef.
Six beautiful houses, or Casa, surround the Sculpture in an L-shaped pavilion, acting as individual homes for extended families and guests. Three of the Casas house two master suites with their own private terraces, a third bedroom en suite and a living room, two have two master suites with private gardens, a living room and one Casa has two master suites each with its own private garden. Each Casa features a fireplace.