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. Stories Places to Stay Highlights Location Stories As every one of the holidays we create is truly tailor-made, 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. Our Destination Experts are also always travelling to our extraordinary destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences. The first of many visits to Montevideo 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. Find out more New Years Eve in Uruguay Dee Hickey loves this wonderfully friendly small South American country as it is the perfect place for a holiday to visit with both children and friends, no matter what their age. She visited Punta Del Este and the surrounding towns of La Barra along with the sleepy village of Jose Ignacio where there are rolling green hills and stunning scenery along with a buzzing restaurant scene and new luxury hotels. Find out more Places to Stay At cazenove+loyd, we have no vested interest in the hotels, lodges, boats, trains and tented camps which we select. We only choose what is right for a particular client. We visit each destination in our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with our clients on their return so our choices are continually refined. Here are just four c+l reviews. This is by no means a prescriptive list, but hints at what we look for and value in places to stay. Casa Suaya The small fishing village of Jose Ignacio in Uruguay really comes to life from mid December to mid January, so for a month this vibrant village is the hippest, coolest place to be in the Southern hemisphere, if you are looking for a beach vacation that is happening, then this is it and Casa Suaya is the place to stay. Find out more Bahia Vik Bahia Vik is perched amidst the grassy sand dunes of Jose Ignacio’s beautiful Playa Mansa beach, a mirage amongst the dunes. The hotel, the third in Jose Ignacio owned by Alex and Carrie Vik, overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. It is incredibly chic, a relaxed and calming place exuding charm and beautiful taste. Find out more Playa Vik 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. Find out more Four Seasons Carmelo Set back, along the banks of the Rio de la Plata, the world’s widest river, is the Four Seasons Resort in Carmelo, Uruguay. A short hydrofoil ride away from the bustling city of Buenos Aires, but across the border in Uruguay, this quiet, peaceful place is like stepping back in time. Find out more 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 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? Find out more Colonia de 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. Find out more Jose Ignacio 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. Find out more Private House over New Year 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. Find out more 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. Find out more Self-Drive between Estancias 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. Find out more Show All Location We know Uruguay better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return. Best time to visit Uruguay Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Best time to go Most visit Uruguay for the beach and November through March have become extremely fashionable with Christmas/New Year in the likes of Punta Del Este part fashion parade/part beach holiday. There is some great landscape in Uruguay but most combine a visit with some time in Argentina or with a visit to Brazil. Meet the Team Central + South America Johnny Milly Chris Sarah We'd love to hear from you Our well travelled Destination Experts have extensive first hand knowledge of their destinations and can open doors that others simply can’t.