Need to know
Entirely flexible – just let the hotel know what time you plan to turn up or depart.
Double rooms from $405.33.
Rates include a buffet breakfast, free minibar and all soft drinks throughout the stay.
Horse-riders and polo players will be in their element: there’s a stable of ponies and playing fields on site. If you’ve never played before, lessons are easy to arrange.
From 1 May to 31 October.
At the hotel
Swimming pool; private beach deck on Playa Vik José Ignacio; polo field; tennis courts; putting green; spa; sauna and steam room; small gym; organic gardens; horse-riding; watersports; DVD library; game room with pool, darts, a ping-pong table, Nintendo Wii and board games; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV; DVD player; iPod dock; free minibar, bottled water and soft drinks.
Our favourite rooms
Master Suite VIK must be the master of the house’s preferred option when he’s in town – it’s a bold, masculine room with dark wood-panelled walls, a high roof, and an enormous corner terrace. Master Suite Seveso is its feminine counterpart, with floor-length coral curtains, dreamily beachy artworks, lime-washed beams, rafters and floorboards, and wonderful views of the plains. Book the Trujillo Suite if you’re into nudes – that’s all we’re saying.
There’s a black-granite swimming pool in a courtyard at the back, with a grassy lawn on one side and wooden decks lined with loungers on the other. Guests can also swim in the lagoon.
Painted in sultry tones of cerulean and burgundy, and hung with paintings of voluptuous bodies by artist Jose Trujillo, the spa and gym are rather sophisticated. There's a sauna and steam room too.
Chills do come at night, so be prepared to layer up for sunset strolls. Bring your iPod so you can make musical use of the in-room docking stations.
Pets and smokers are allowed throughout the hotel. There’s a four-night minimum stay over Easter, seven nights over Christmas.
Small and medium-size dogs are allowed at the hotel. See more pet-friendly hotels in Punta del Este.
Very welcome. One child under age of three can stay for free; after that, extra beds cost US$150 apiece. Babysitting can be arranged, with three days' notice. There’s a wealth of activities for adventurous littl'uns.
Very welcome. Cots are free for babies; extra beds for kids 12 and over cost US$150. Babysitting can be arranged, with three days notice. There’s a wealth of activities for adventurous littl'uns.
Kids of any age will find plenty to distract them, but adventurous naturalists are especially well catered for.
Opt for one of the suites on the ground floor if you’ve tottersome toddlers in tow.
There’s an exhaustive list of junior entertainments. There’s a Wii, board games, Fimo clay and pool and table tennis in the games room, but with horse-riding, mountain-biking, nature-walking and all manner of other outdoorsy fun to be had (the beach is just down the road), there’s no need to be cooped up indoors.
There’s a shallow end in the main pool, and assorted inflatables to play with, but no lifeguard on duty, so keep an eye on little ones.
Children are welcome at all times in the restaurant; there are high chairs for babies, and a kids' menu for young palates. The kitchen is happy to prepare packed lunches, and heat babyfood or milk.
Local nannies can be arranged (with 72 hours’ notice); costs vary.
No need to pack
Ask ahead, and cots can be provided for free. Extra beds for older children are US$150, depending on the season.
Built from locally sourced materials, Estancia Vik José Ignacio makes use of solar and geothermic energy, composts and recycles waste.