Hotel Bahía VIK

Imagine yourself living in the dunas in your own private beach bungalow, rolling out of bed to take a morning swim before breakfast.
Bahia Vik will span ten acres (4 hectareas) of beach dunes on the José Ignacio peninsula facing west with sweeping views across the Southern Atlantic Ocean and Play Mansa towards Punta del Este.

With a sunset that has been described as the best on the planet, this stunning retreat amidst the beach dunes promises superb scenery and ultimate relaxation.

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BEST DESIGN HOTELS: Playa Vik José Ignacio, Uruguay

For an A-lister playground, Uruguay's beach village of José Ignacio is remarkably unassuming: there are no extravagant mansions or glamorous bars, just little whitewashed houses edging a square adorned with nothing showier than a lavender bed.

So it took guts for the Norwegian-born hotelier Alex Vik to get Carlos Ott (Uruguay's answer to Norman Foster) to erect an avant-garde beach house on the spot where top chef Francis Mallmann opened the village's first restaurant in 1978.
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