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Jan 11, 2016

Welcome to our new Vik Retreats Blog! This will be a forum for us to share exciting news about our properties, beautiful photos, special offers and guest experiences. We invite you to visit often.

The development of Vik Retreats has been a labor of love for Alex and Carrie Vik, who fell in love with Uruguay 27 years ago when they traveled there to introduce Alex’s Uruguayan maternal grandmother to their first child. When they discovered José Ignacio they decided this magnificent area would become a place where they would always spend time. Their love for the art, architecture and design they found there made it a natural fit for them to build Estancia Vik and offer it as a private retreat for visitors.

Estancia Vik José Ignacio, perfectly situated on the Laguna José Ignacio, pulls you into a different world with its vast countryside and 4,000 acres of grasslands. The landscape presents the perfect setting for polo matches, horseback rides and relaxation. Offering an unparalleled and authentic ranch experience, the Spanish Colonial style retreat with its red tin roof pays homage to the traditional South American estancia. The luxurious interiors feature a diverse selection of original art from Uruguayan artists providing guests with a incomparable experience. Estancia Vik José Ignacio’s unrivaled hospitality offers guests the feeling of being a guest at a good friend’s home.

Head 5 miles Southeast towards the coastline of José Ignacio and you will arrive at Playa Vik José Ignacio, the beautiful sister property to Estancia Vik José Ignacio. Situated on the expansive coastline of Playa Mansa on the Southern Atlantic Ocean, Playa Vik José Ignacio is designed as the ultimate beach retreat consisting of six private casas and the Sculpture, a beautiful communal living space including four luxurious private suites. A stunning 75 foot cantilevered infinity pool, outdoor fire pit (perfect for evening relaxing under the stars of the southern hemisphere) and amazing staff combine to make a stay at Playa Vik José Ignacio one you will not soon forget.

José Ignacio’s hip and exciting beach club and restaurant, La Susana, sits on the Playa Mansa just a short walk down the beach from Playa Vik José Ignacio. Lead by our exceptional Uruguayan Chef Marcelo Betancourt, La Susana delivers an exceptional culinary experience guaranteed to delight even the most sophisticated palate in a relaxed beach setting. Do not miss what has been described as the best sunset on the planet while sipping a Christiania Caipiroska at the funky outdoor bar with your toes in the sand!

The newest property to join the Vik Retreats’ portfolio in Uruguay is Bahia Vik José Ignacio, designed with a focus on contemporary art, architecture, and design. Bahia Vik continues the Vik Retreat tradition of individuality of all spaces with a combination of luxurious suites and private beachfront bungalows all beautifully furnished for your ultimate experience. Relaxation is a guarantee for our guests as they experience the ever-changing José Ignacio sunsets from their chosen home in the dunes.

Situated in the valley and mountains of Millahue, Chile, the architecturally avant-garde Viña Vik will open this year. Viña Vik features 22 suites situated on a hilltop boasting breathtaking 360-degree views of the VIK vineyard with its 11,000 acres of vines and nature. Each luxurious suite is uniquely conceptualized and paired with Chilean and international artists to create the ultimate personal experience for our guests.

VIK, a holistic vineyard with its architecturally exceptional winery, is crafting world-class wine. A superior wine in every way, VIK is the result of an elegant blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The world class VIK wine has the promise to become one of the best wines in the world.
Vik Retreats properties offer a merging of exceptional design, unrivaled locations, majestic settings, friendly personalized service, environmentally minded practices, a multitude of activities and a truly remarkable experience for our guests.