Uruguay holidays

ENJOY THE PRISTINE BEACHES,
COLONIAL TOWNS AND
UNDISCOVERED GEMS

Central + South America

Uruguay

Gauchos, wine Estates, Colonial towns, chic beach resort, horse riding, relax

Relaxed and easygoing; intriguing and engaging – it’s hard to understand why Uruguay is overlooked by most travellers. Apart from the chic beach resort of Punta del Este (which South Americans consider to be their St Tropez), the country’s appeal is mostly subtle and low-key - but our experts can advise on how to get under its skin.

Kick back in the sleepy town of Carmelo, perhaps, near the pretty, colonial town of Colonia del Sacramento. 

Or venture further afield on one of our private rides: staying in estancias and, escorted by gauchos, ride criollo horses through dunes, grasslands and along deserted Atlantic beaches.

Best visited: November to March

All itineraries are individually designed, but as a guide, we can arrange ten days in Uruguay (excluding flights) from £3500 per person.

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY
“That holiday was the most satisfying and rewarding I can remember. You somehow ‘penetrated’ the places we visited”
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Highlights

For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them.

beach riding safari

Best beach riding safari Uruguay

This is off the beaten track Uruguay by horse. 8 days of beautiful remote beaches and 7 nights in local family run estancias. With your own gaucho, fast and furious riding through the surf, stunning dunes, beach, desert, pampas and forest. What’s not to love?

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colonia deL sacramento

Explore the historical town of Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia del Sacramento has an immense sense of history (this town changed hands ten times between 1680 and 1822). The historic quarter is a world heritage site, the streets are cobbled, the buildings are made out of local stone and the restaurants serve fabulous seafood.

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jose ignacio

Luxury Holiday Uruguay

Only 30 minutes from Punta del Este but it feels a world away from the towering beach blocks. This is a sleepy town with dusty streets and friendly seafood restaurants. It is one of our favourite spots for a beach escape.

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Rent a private house

Private luxury villa Uruguay

Celebrate the New Year is this international hotspot. We know the houses that they all want, but if you call us early enough we can make sure you have it. Situated in Punta del Este, overlooking the water, this is one of the largest and most exclusive private houses in the whole of South America.

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punta del este

Visit the Vibrant city of Punta del Este

This town is party central. In peak season its population of 7,300 swells by over half a million and the streets come alive. It was a key stop over port for the Whitbread and BOC and is now visited by the Global Ocean Race. Our private houses here are the places to stay.

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SELF-DRIVE BETWEEN ESTANCIAS

horse riding holiday to central America

Staying at family-run estancias is a unique, wonderful and highly personal experience, and is the best way to learn about this fantastic country and its warm, friendly people. Perfect for families, riders, wildlife lovers and trekkers, estancias make the perfect base from which to explore from.

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Itineraries

The creation of each individual itinerary starts with a client’s dream.  In discussion we translate these initial desires and aspirations into our vision of the best achievable holiday. Our meticulous planning and love of our destinations ensure that we create once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We promise you precious and everlasting memories.

horse riding in uruguay

unique riding holidays Uruguay

At cazenove+loyd we highly recommend exploring Uruguay on horseback to gain the best experience of this relatively un-ventured country.  Gallop across Uruguay’s stunning landscapes on a stallion whilst staying at different family-run estancias each night. Experience the country’s changing terrain from white sandy beaches to dense pine forests without another human in sight.y

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Stories

As every one of the holidays we create is unique, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. We at c+l are also always travelling to our destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences. Below is a selection of ones that we think stand out as ‘extraordinary’.

the first of many visits to montevideo

City trip to Uruguay

The first thing that struck Lucy Slater about Montevideo is how relaxed it is and how friendly the people are. Even though she had travelled to Uruguay before, she had never had the chance to spend time in city. A bit like a mini Buenos Aries, but without the congestion and buzz it gave her the chance to relax and really absorb her surroundings.

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Reviews

At c+l, we have no vested interest in the hotels and lodges which we select - we review everything and choose the best for a particular client. And because we visit our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with over 90% of our clients on their return, our choices can be refined continually. The choice of what is best for the client is our only consideration

casa anna

rural retreat uganda

A short drive from the hip Jose Ignacio and you stumble across the sleepy village of Garzon, here you will find the beautifully decorated and utterly charming boutique hotel that is Casa Anna. This small hotel is the perfect place to relax, enjoy the peaceful countryside and feast on the incredible local food and wine. Built during the boom years of the 1920’s along with much of Garzon, you will gather a glimpse of a South American colonial town, oozing history.

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playa vik

luxury beach hotel uruguay

Playa Vik’s opening in 2011 was exactly what we had been waiting for in Jose Ignacio, a contemporary upscale boutique beach hotel, oozing casual elegance and luxury, still the only one of its kind in the area. A remarkable private retreat which has combined exceptional design, an unrivalled location, sublime service and a stunning art collection. Playa Vik is perfect for guests who appreciate cutting edge art and architecture whilst enjoying the bohemian luxury which Jose Ignacio is renowned for.

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The sofitel

Exclusive hotel in the capital of Uruguay

After a multi-million pound restoration Montevideo's heritage-listed Hotel Casino Carrasco has been transformed into one of the city's most sought after addresses. The Sofitel Montevideo Casino Carrasco&Spa is the French Luxury Hotel Brand's first property in Uruguay, offering 93 rooms and 23 suites at an extremely high level of luxury, comfort and privacy. Here there is a fantastic restaurant, a relaxing spa, a vibrant bar and the delightful Tea Gallery.

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