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Estancia Vik José Ignacio

A Unique Destination in Uruguay

Estancia Vik José Ignacio, is romantic, rustic and traditional, and pays homage to Uruguay’s nature, architecture, art and design. Situated on 4,000 acres, the Estancia is a classic Spanish colonial structure featuring white adobe walls and a red tin roof. Within the walls of the 50,000 square foot Estancia structure, more than half is made up of interior patios of outdoor space – courtyards, gardens, covered walkways and an herb garden.

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About Estancia VIK

Estancia Vik is a haven of art, nature and high design. It was a collaboration between the creators’, Carrie and Alex Vik, and Uruguayan architect Marcelo Daglio as a traditional Spanish style estancia, featuring white adobe walls and red tin roofs with covered walkways linking multiple outdoor courtyards and idyllic gardens. The expansive patios feature outdoor seating areas, sculpture installations, respites from the sun and a large organic herb garden.

The south side of the Estancia boasts a large grass covered garden and 20-meter pool made of Absolute Nero stone. The bottom of the pool is dotted with fiber optic lights, which mirror the constellations above.


Estancia Vik José Ignacio sits on 4,000 acres in the rolling countryside of José Ignacio, Uruguay. The Estancia borders the Arroyo and the Laguna José Ignacio, which meet the Southern Atlantic just a mile away as the crow flies.


Estancia Vik’s private living space is separated into two wings, each containing six luxurious bedroom Suites. Of the six suites in each wing, there are four 500 square-foot Suites on the ground level and two 900 square-foot Master Suites on the second floor. The Suites all feature full bathrooms with separate bath tubs and rain showers, with the Master Suites also including outdoor showers on the patios overlooking the bucolic landscape. Each suite also has private access to the exterior patios surrounding the Estancia. All twelve private Suites have a unique design and display and integrate original art by leading contemporary Uruguayan artists conceived for that particular space.

4 Master Suites
8 Guest Suites

The guest experience at Estancia Vik is one of the most unique in the world, where “Marlboro Country” meets a laid-back St. Tropez. Horseback ride on one of the Estancia’s herd of Criollo and Quarter horses across open pampas with gauchos, explore wildlife, birds and nature, mountain bike, hike, canoe and fish in the Arroyo de José Ignacio and Laguna de José Ignacio. Play a variety of water sports, tennis on Estancia Vik’s grass courts and golf on excellent 18-hole courses nearby. Guests also enjoy the twenty-meter Absolute Nero granite swimming pool, gym and spa. In addition, the property boasts a private polo field where guests can take polo lessons and for those with experience can join a game. A game pool table, table tennis and a variety of other games is found in the Estancia house and a romantic chapel nestled in a grove of ancient native trees has been created for weddings and other special events.


Estancia Vik boasts a brick barreled dining room which is perfect for an intimate dinner for two or a party for forty. The brick walls extend down to a wine cellar below and continue up to the vaulted ceiling. The expert work of master craftsmen, the barreled brick room and ceiling were created without the use of any mortar. The dining room sits on a wood beam floor with glass windows imbedded in each corner, suspended above the wine cellar creating an incredibly unique space.

In keeping with local tradition, the Estancia showcases a Uruguayan parillero, or barbeque, with the traditional tin walls and fogon, or central open fire. Celebrated Uruguayan artist Marcelo Legrand has painted the walls and ceiling in his brilliantly chaotic style, bringing a contemporary flair to this traditional space.

The culinary offerings at Estancia Vik celebrate the dishes of Uruguay. Guests will enjoy traditional barbeque, fresh fish and seafood, locally grown fruits and vegetables and homemade breads and pastries all prepared by the Vik Retreats talented in-house chef, Marcelo Betancourt.


The artists featured throughout Estancia Vik are celebrated for their vision and individuality. Each has been selected by the retreat’s creators through their involvement with art in Uruguay over many years, and in partnership with Marcelo Daglio and curator Enrique Badaró Nadal. Some highlights include the Estancia’s vast central living room which showcases a statuary white marble sculpture by world renowned Pablo Atchugarry; standing 3.5 meter or 12 feet tall. The acclaimed Uruguayan sculptor’s creation rises to meet the 300 square meter ceiling and frieze painted by Clever Lara, another leading Uruguayan contemporary artist. This work is a “satellite-scape” view of José Ignacio and Uruguay, inspired by Google Earth. Eight very large semi-precious stones in their natural state hang from the walls between sets of glass doors, which the Vik’s discovered in the far north of Uruguay. Colorist Carlos Musso has painted the Estancia’s unique garden chapel in his beautifully spiritual manner. These are just a few examples of what has become the central theme of Estancia Vik.

Estancia Vik José Ignacio

How to Get There

Estancia 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. Estancia Vik is located 5.6 miles from Playa Vik, Bahia Vik and La Susana.

Contact Property


Phone number: +598 94 605 212



Phone number: +598 95 844 445

Address: Camino Saiz Martínez KM 8, José Ignacio, Uruguay