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 two kilometers away. José Ignacio is approximately twenty kilometers northeast from the coastal city of Punta del Este. José Ignacio is Uruguay’s idyllic, vibrant coastal area, located 20 kilometers northeast of Punta del Este. It is emerging as Uruguay’s premier international destination, drawing travelers to enjoy the pristine beaches, nature, rugged landscape and relaxed, bohemian setting. The Spanish colonial-style building is a 50,000 square foot structure designed by Marcelo Daglio and the owners. The traditional estancia features 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 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. The artists featured throughout Estancia Vik are celebrated for their vision and individuality. Each has been selected by the retreat’s owners 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 “satellitescape” 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 owners 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 the Estancia.