Playa Vik is a collaboration between the creators, Carrie and Alex Vik, and internationally renowned Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott.
The avant-garde beachfront retreat features a central “Sculpture” building which is the heart of the compound boasting an important collection of international and contemporary Uruguayan art throughout.
The building’s 55-foot inclined façade features a vast sliding wall of glass allowing guests to enjoy the majestic views of José Ignacio’s vibrant coastline.
The entrance to the sculpture building is a two-story curved and inclined glass façade with a monumental sculpted bronze door, created by internationally celebrated Uruguayan artist Pablo Atchugarry as a modern interpretation of Ghiberti’s legendary doors at Florence’s Baptistery.
The lateral walls and roof of the building are made of double curved titanium panels and rich Patagonian ebony floors are found throughout the expansive indoor and outdoor spaces, blurring the line between interior and exterior as they extend from the living room to the pool terrace.
Playa Vik José Ignacio sits on the Mansa beach in the bohemian chic village of José Ignacio, on the most coveted point of the Uruguayan coastline, with a panoramic view of the landscape and ocean beyond.
José Ignacio, located just 12 miles northeast of Punta del Este, is emerging as Uruguay’s premier international destination, drawing travelers to enjoy the pristine beaches, nature, rugged landscape and relaxed, bohemian setting.
How to Get There
Playa Vik is accessible via the Punta del Este airport, which is serviceable by daily flights from airports in Argentina and Brazil. Punta del Este is an international airport that accommodates private jets 24 hours a day.
José Ignacio is a thirty-minute drive along the coast. Alternatively, guests may fly to the capital city of Montevideo one and a half hours away. Playa Vik is located 5.6 miles from Estancia Vik and half a mile from Bahia Vik and La Susana.
The Sculpture includes three-bedroom suites and is flanked by six houses or “casas”, each comprised of two or three bedrooms and private gardens. Each casa features a fireplace and has a distinctly unique design and art filled interior.
These casas once again blend the interior and exterior as fully retractable windows lead out to these unique private gardens.
Dividing the casas are large Bougainvillea plants that grow upwards towards the ‘casas’ “living roof” of colorful rayitos del sol, Uruguayan wildflowers, which cover and sweep across the undulating earth roofscapes of the casa pavilion, creating a striking panorama of natural color.
CIELOMAR AT PLAYA VIK
Indulge your senses at Playa Vik with our signature fish BBQ and three course meals overlooking the southern Atlantic with views down the Playa Mansa beach to Punta del Este and to the fishing boats next door where our chef chose the fish earlier that morning.
Sit in the Parrillero dining room, on the terrace overlooking the beach or in the brasero fire pit and enjoy the delicious food with a glass of VIK wine. Sunset from Cielomar has been described as the best on the planet and the magnificent stars of the Southern Hemisphere a close second! Truly a memorable experience!
ZODIACO AT BAHIA VIK
Dining amenities at Bahia Vik highlight the surrounding terroir through use of locally-grown and produced ingredients and a continued emphasis on authentic Uruguayan cuisine. Dining on the expansive outdoor terrace, by one of the pools, in the open-air patio or dining room are all options enjoyed by our guests.
The menu includes fresh fish and seafood, locally grown fruits and vegetables and home- made breads and pastries all prepared by the property’s talented chef. Of course, meals will be enhanced by the exceptional VIK wine produced and bottled at Bahia Vik’s sister vineyard property, VIK in Millahue, Chile.
EL ASADOR AT ESTANCIA VIK
Experience the most authentic Uruguayan BBQ, delicious family style or three course meals in fantastic settings where gaucho tradition goes hand in hand with contemporary Uruguayan art in this newly public restaurant.
Lunch and dinner are served daily in the art infused Parrillero, the beautiful brick vaulted dining room, or by the Absolute Nero pool overlooking the pastoral landscape, the river and Laguna José Ignacio.
Chef Marcelo Betancourt and his team pride themselves on celebrating Uruguayan tradition, always serving the freshest foods from the market and our gardens! Ask for the iconic VIK wine from the Millahue Valley or “Place of Gold!”
La Susana Beach Restaurant offers beautiful people, young and old, the quintessential José Ignacio fun hip vibe.
Located in the sand on the Playa Mansa beach of José Ignacio this cool restaurant has the ultimate in fresh, local and organic Uruguayan cuisine, ambiance and great music to add to the experience of lunch, sunset cocktails, parties, dinner parties and bonfires.
Sitting in the shade of the bamboo pergolas with feet in the sand, with the sun coming lightly through capturing the scene around you and enjoying the spectacular views of the sea from Punta del Este to the Faro José Ignacio village with the sound of the Atlantic ocean surf, guests enjoy Executive Chef Marcelo Betancourt’s flavors of the southern Atlantic and surrounding farm and ranch lands through his creative and delicious food and the delicious exceptional VIK wines.
As the afternoon fades into sunset stay to enjoy La Susana’s specialty drink – Christiania Caipiroskas or La Susana’s Clerico and more of the world renowned VIK wines. Take in the music and experience nature’s perfect art in the ever changing sunset that has been described as the best on the planet.
Weddings & Events
Vik Retreats are an exceptional collection of private South American resorts designed for travelers seeking a unique and unrivaled getaway.
Tucked away in the serene, bohemian-chic village of José Ignacio, Uruguay, the stylish retreats offer the perfect vantage point to take in the sweeping views of the Uruguayan countryside and a sunset that is said to be the best in the world.
Often described as where a virgin St. Tropez meets Marlboro Country, José Ignacio and Vik Retreats offer couples an unmatched wedding destination marked by breathtaking scenery and inherent romance.
As the premier backdrop for a destination wedding, Vik Retreats offer couples customized wedding arrangements to ensure a seamless experience and memories they will cherish for a lifetime.
CORPORATE AND SOCIAL EVENTS
Host a social or corporate event at Vik Retreats and experience the beauty of Uruguayan culture! All of our retreats offer superb art filled luxury in the exceptional location of José Ignacio.
With a total of 68 luxurious suites, various meeting /event spaces and 10 distinct dining experiences, Vik Retreats offers the flexibility to host whatever type of event is desired. Working in unison, all of our retreats together provide an unparalleled, unique and diverse experience.