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The Caribbean Alternative: Uruguay

Estancia Vik Courtesy of Osul

by LIVunLtd President, Abbie Newman.

If you’re not afraid of a 10-hour plane ride, pack a bag small enough to carry on and head for Punta Del Este, Uruguay. The beaches are pristine, and this is the perfect destination to either relax from the hectic NYC pace or party like you never left.

Stay at Playa VIK, one of VIK retreats, but make sure you visit the other VIK retreats, VIK Bahia and Estancia VIK for their incredible art collections, horseback riding, and local gastronomic offerings. We love bike riding to get a feel for the immediate area, so pick up a bike at your hotel and take a short spin. Visit the lighthouse or bike to lunch. Have lunch at the very sexy La Susana, located next to Bahia VIK on the beach, or have dinner at Zodiaco at Bahia VIK in the garden.

Zodacio Courtesy of The BBH

We loved the atmosphere at Marismo, a candle and blazing fire pit garden setting with live blues music and a charcoal based menu to die for. La Olada is also located between Playa VIK and VIK BahiaPlaya VIK, the staff is delightful and the cocktails are amazing.

If you really relish your privacy and are traveling with a group, we recommend staying in a private home. We love Casa Weko, situated in the town of Jose Ignacio, with views of the sea, and by next winter a pool. Either way, the laid-back, chill atmosphere you find in Uruguay makes it the perfect getaway.

Contact your concierge for further information on any of the accommodations mention above.