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.

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

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 from c+l are also always travelling to our destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences.

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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.

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New Years Eve in Uruguay

Our US Representative, 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.

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Places to Stay

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 Suaya

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.

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Estancia Vik

Estancia Vik

Estancia Vik was the first Hotel that Alex and Carrie Vik built in Jose Ignacio, it is the most luxurious Ranch style private estate. Endless outdoor activities are offered here, so it is ideal for the outdoorsy type of person from kayaking in the lagoon, horseback riding on the beach or in the surrounding countryside, playing polo or just lounging by the pool.

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Bahia Vik

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.

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Casa Chic Carmelo

Casa Chic Carmelo

If rustic charm with exquisite views and natural beauty is your preference, then you have found it at Casa Chic. Newly opened in 2014, this is a hotel to watch. Set within the Medanos de Punta Gorda Country Club, it is probably one of the most idyllic settings along the Rio de la Plata River in Uruguay. Along a winding driveway scattered with fragrant pine trees sits this stylish and small (20 rooms) boutique hotel with low white-washed casita style buildings exuding a very Mediterranean feel.

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Casa Anna

Casa Anna

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

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.

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The Sofitel

The Sofitel

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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Four Seasons Carmelo

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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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
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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.

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