71. Playa Vik José Ignacio in Raro José Ignacio, Uruguay

Ranked #71 in our countdown of the 100 Best Hotels and Resorts in the World.

Faro José Ignacio may be a fishing village but Playa Vik is more star-ship than beach-shack. Six glass-walled casas with a mothership – a modernist monument of cantilevered titanium and glass, and a pavilion for relaxing.

The grassy compound is international designer-name heavy and art-world wise. Architecture by Carlos Ott, artworks by Zaha Hadid, Anselm Kiefer and other big hitters.

Rooms are unique, each with a high-end, custom-created, occasionally zany fit-out. The day’s action (or lack of) is around the gravity-defying, black granite infinity pool, mojito in hand.

Size Six casas and four suites

Did you know At night the pool’s fibre-optics magically twinkle a celestial star map of the Southern Hemisphere.



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