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Estancia Vik

Punta del Este, Uruguay

Just north of the chic beach town of José Ignacio, the grasslands become hilly and dotted with swaying pines and eucalyptus trees. Nestled far off a dusty road, Estancia Vik is a striking neo-colonial hacienda built with stately white walls, arches, and a red roof. Perched on a bluff, you can see for miles from the property.

Each of the twelve suites are spacious and comfortable with funky art by local Uruguayan painters. Dine each morning for breakfast in the brick-walled dining room with a cool glass floor over the wine cellar where your espresso comes in 20-odd flavors. Partake in a traditional asado, barbeque, for lunch with a mixed grill with meats and sausages.

Take to the polo field to watch a match or learn the game. Head out on horseback with the resident gauchos. Go canoeing in the winding stream or drive to the beach. Sip a delicious Tannat as the sun sinks into the western horizon and the land is bathed in rosy, pink light.

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