“Aegean-style holiday home turned boutique guesthouse on a sandy bluff overlooking the beach in chic and fashionable Jose Ignacio”
Carla García-Arocena let her instincts guide her in designing rooms which she modestly describes as "comfortable, not luxurious". Tucked into a modified V around the pool, the 13 rooms (no 2 identical) share simple lines and elemental New England-style features - whitewashed walls, beamed ceilings and plank floors - in tune with the seaside setting. Inside, crisp white sheets are paired with the occasional exuberant pillow or throw; some have rustic, blackened brick fireplaces, all with sleek marble bathrooms. Outside, the sun slants through bamboo patio covers onto clusters of oval stones and elegant calla lilies.
If romance is your goal - and this is an ideal place for it - choose a larger Superior Room or Special Room with a wood-burning fireplace, an ocean-facing sofa and a spacious private balcony or terrace. Ground-floor Standard Rooms run alongside the pool and have limited views of the gorgeous horizon and no balcony.
In a separate building beside the main hotel, you'll find three suites (one with a kitchenette) with a sitting area with fireplace and a private gravel terrace. However, you’ll trade extra space and privacy for limited views of the water. One of the Standard rooms is also found here.
All rooms have queensize beds, some of which can be separated into twins, as well as heating, air conditioning, ceiling fans, safes, minibars, tea- and coffee-making facilities and WiFi. European-style bathrooms have hairdryers, bathrobes, bidets and rain showerheads; some have both a shower and a tub. At turndown you get cookies and a weather forecast.
Breakfast is served anywhere, anytime. In addition to a tall flask of freshly squeezed orange juice, a basket of breads with butter and jam, sliced fresh fruit and coffee or tea, you’re welcome to order eggs or anything else you’d prefer at no charge. Linger over room service or chat with other guests by the pool.
A variety of simple sandwiches, such as ham and cheese on a baguette, and other snacks are available in the afternoon; you can order tea and cakes until midnight. You're free to mix yourself a cocktail or pour an aperitif at the small honour bar in the dining room at any time. "The house is yours," José says, "just leave me a note". There’s also a swim-up bar in the pool, with cocktail prices listed on a blackboard.
In high season (December - March) the Posada runs a Beach Club with bar, bar menu and waiter service, 50 metres away on west-facing Playa La Mansa; as a hotel resident you are guaranteed beach beds, loungers, chairs and an umbrella. We spent as much time as possible here, loving the fresh pejerrey simply pan-fried with lemon, as well as the sea bass, not to mention the fine caipirinhas and fresh fruit smoothies, leaving only after the last rays of sun had disappeared behind the distant condo towers of Punta del Este.
Note that during low season (when most restaurants in town close), you may want to do a trip to Punta del Este to eat out.
In season, Jose Ignacio’s restaurants run the gamut, from world-class destinations to walk-in diners. La Huella, on Playa La Brava, is a regular stomping ground for local celebrities, and definitely the place to be seen - we loved their fresh fish. You could also try Marismo for Mediterranean-inspired fare. At the other end of the spectrum, Popeye is a friendly diner serving local specialties such as seaweed ravioli and chivito (beef loin topped with lettuce, tomato, green olives and hard-boiled eggs with mayonnaise, on a thin muffin-like bun). José, Martin and Carla are happy to make other recommendations.
Babies under 12 months are welcome, and cots can be provided. As a rule, no other kids under 16 are allowed to stay, though those over 8 may be accepted by special arrangement during low season. “Guests are paying for the peace,” says José. There's a small supermarket in Jose Ignacio which sells nappies/diapers and other baby sundries.
Babies (0-1 years)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots are available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Playa La Mansa is perfect for families, and the Beach Club (high season only) is delightful for new parents who can then relax, drink in hand, while baby explores the muslin draped double beach beds
The pool is unfenced and unheated