The Best Hotels for your honeymoon in Uruguay

Angela Wood

Senior Contributor

When honeymoon destinations in South America are mentioned, it’s unlikely Uruguay will be at the top of the list. However, times are changing, because Uruguay is becoming the hottest honeymoon destination on the planet. With state-of-the-art luxury hotels and estancias to stay in, world-class gastronomy, over 200 wineries, unspoilt beaches and historic cities, it’s the perfect place to begin married life together. Whether you wish to explore the cultural capital Montevideo, the fashionable beach resort of José Ignacio, the vineyards of Canelones or the romantic cobbled streets of Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay will make a lasting impression on you for years to come. Take a look at our pick of the best honeymoon hotels in Uruguay for inspiration.

Sofitel Montevideo Casino Carrasco and Spa

Part of the Accor Hotel Group, Sofitel Montevideo Casino Carrasco and Spa is a 5-star retreat in the heart of Uruguay’s capital. Set in a historic building with refined elegance which wouldn’t look out of place on the Cote d’Azur, this cosmopolitan hotel has everything you need for a fun-packed honeymoon. Home to the renowned So-Spa, a library, restaurant, bar and large casino, you can enjoy entertainment, fine dining and relaxation all under one roof. The hotel boasts both indoor and outdoor pools and is a short distance from Playa Carrasco and other city attractions. 

As with most Accor hotels, rooms are decorated impeccably, in neutral and rich tones with all the extras you expect such as free WiFi, 24-hour room service and TV cable channels. When it comes to dining, the hotel’s Restaurant 1921 is the place to be. Set in a delightful room boasting views to the beach and Carrasco district, accomplished chefs serve French/Uruguayan fusion dishes which you will want to recreate when you return home.

Sofitel Montevideo Exterior

Credit: DFLC Prints

Playa Vik Hotel – José Ignacio

Escape from the hustle and bustle of Montevideo and head for the fashionable fishing village of José Ignacio and the Playa Vik Hotel. The perfect honeymoon hideaway in Uruguay, this architectural gem is an art-lovers paradise. Perched atop a small hill, award-winning Playa Vik is the epitome of design with a stand-alone futuristic “Sculpture” building and a gravity-defying infinity pool which illuminates to mirror the constellations after dark. In keeping with the hotel’s cutting-edge vibe, main areas boast contemporary artwork from renowned Uruguayan artists, plus international luminaries Zaha Hadid and James Turrell.

Luxurious and impeccably designed suites are set in the main “Sculpture” building or there are six contemporary casas scattered throughout the beachfront resort to allow more privacy. Suites feature king-size beds, fully equipped bathrooms and breath-taking ocean views, while the casas are equipped with plasma TV’s, 2 or 3 bedrooms and terraces.

When it comes to activities, Playa Vik excels, as you can also enjoy the amenities of its nearby sister hotels, Estancia Vik and Bahia Vik. Guests are invited to partake in horseback riding, polo lessons, bird watching, spa treatments, water sports and canoeing, or you can spend a relaxing afternoon in the wine cellar sampling the hotel’s very own Bordeaux wine blend.

Playa Vik offers several dining options for discerning travellers. Whether you wish to join new-found friends around the fire pit for traditional Uruguayan barbecue or prefer to sample freshly caught seafood, Uruguayan beef and locally grown vegetables in the indoor restaurant, there is cuisine to suit all tastes.

Playa Vik's Firepit

Credit: Vik Retreats

Alma Historica - Montevideo

Alma Historica Hotel is a seasoned storyteller, and here you’ll learn more about Uruguay during your stay than you would visiting any library. Tucked away inside a 20th century period mansion opposite Plaza Zabala, this friendly boutique hotel allows you easy access to museums, landmarks and restaurants of the city.

Each of the fifteen guest rooms are individually designed, paying homage to key figures of Uruguayan culture. One of their classic rooms is named after Doña Trinidad, an outrageous theatre actress who fought for women’s rights. It is thoughtfully decorated with dusky pinks and gilded mirrors, plus there’s a suite named after singer Don Carlos dressed in cool greys with red detailing. Each accommodation tells a story and honeymooners will want to delve deeper into the secrets of this fascinating country.

In addition to the Egyptian cotton sheets, smart TV and pillow selection, this hotel also cares about the environment providing 100% vegetable-based amenities so you can holiday with a clear conscience.

When you’re not exploring the Romantic Museum or Pre-Columbian and Indigenous Art Museum a few minutes’ walk away, you can relax in the library or in Alma Historica’s rooftop jacuzzi with a glass of wine under Montevideo’s evening skies.

Rooftop Jacuzzi at Alma Historica

Credit: Alma Historica

Estancia Vik - José Ignacio

If you’re a couple who prefer to shun the bright lights of the city to be at one with nature, a honeymoon at Estancia Vik could be for you. The sister to nearby iconic beachfront hotels Bahia Vik and Playa Vik, this country retreat (just over a mile from the ocean) offers sophistication, relaxation and the opportunity to see Uruguay from a different perspective.

Alex and Carrie Vik’s Spanish-colonial design hotel is set in 4,000 acres, with the interior lovingly decorated by local and international sculptors and artists. The impressive lounge is adorned with wall crystals, a ‘satellite-scape’ ceiling frieze and a 12-foot-tall marble installation by Pablo Atchugarry. It’s the perfect place to unwind with a glass of wine following a game of polo, guided nature walk, spa treatment or horseback ride along the beach.

Guest suites are exquisite, dressed in crisp white linens with glass panel walls, stone floors and artwork to swoon over, plus the hotel is environmentally conscious using solar energy, water collection and fireplaces for warmth.

Dining in Estancia Vik is a gastronomic adventure too. Traditional Asado can be enjoyed in the dedicated barbecue area or Gothic-style dining room paired with a glass of wine from the hotel’s well-stocked cellar. After dinner, walk through herb gardens and courtyards, then linger with your betrothed by the Absolute Nero granite pool as LED lights which mirror Southern Hemisphere constellations light up beneath the water. Bliss.

Estancia Vik's outdoor pool

Credit: Estancia Vik Jose Ignacio

Hyatt Centric Hotel Montevideo

Hyatt Centric Hotel in Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital city, is in a prime location on the beachfront. Located within the charming Pocitos district, city attractions are right on your doorstep. With a winding promenade, first-class restaurants and historic landmarks nearby, it’s a luxury hotel for honeymooners wishing to explore the cultural aspects of Montevideo.

The hotel itself is modern, with eclectic pockets of creativity which typify the city. Suites and rooms are spacious and contemporary in style, many with sea views and floor-to-ceiling windows which allow you to gaze at the star-spangled ocean at night with a loved one.

You don’t have to travel far for exceptional cuisine either, the full-service restaurant serves Uruguayan delicacies ranging from Asado to empanadas. There’s 24-hour room service, plus, you can stop by the hotel’s deli if you wish to take a romantic picnic to the park or beach. In addition, the 5-star Hyatt Centric Hotel boasts a swimming pool, free internet access so you can upload your honeymoon pictures and a fully-equipped fitness centre. What more could you ask for? 

River view guestroom at the Hyatt Centric Montevideo

Credit: Hyatt Centric Montevideo

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