Casa Suaya, Jose Ignacio, Uruguay.
The town of Jose Ignacio is located on the coast of Uruguay, about 90 minutes from the airport in Montevideo, Uruguay's capital city.
Customs and immigration are easy and coming from the U.S. with a Canadian passport I did not require a visa.
The roads ,hwy 1B, the road east to Punte Del Este and from there smaller roads to La Barra and Jose Ignacio are all well maitained and easy to drive on.The Uruguayan driving style is curteous and forgiving.The hiway runs close to the coast and affords glimpses of beaches and water until you turn a corner and a whole magnificient coast line is layed out before you.
December, January and February are the high season in the south so the roads in and around the coastal towns were busy with slow moving traffic, which is a blessing when you do not know where you are going and need to read the road signs.
The village of Jose Ignacio was a fishing village, that has become a holiday home village,with an interesting variety of architectural styles and stunning views it is definitley worth getting out of your car and walking around.
North of the roundabout and up the the road a couple of kms is Casa Suaya. You will pull onto a sand drive way and arrive at the reception, an open air office where Paulo and Leo greet you and check you in.
My bag was taken to the our room,my wife had travelled ahead as I had work to finish,and I was shown to the bar.
One thing I did not realise is that Uruguay was 3 hrs ahead of Florida,which is perfect as the custom dictates eating about three hrs off North Amercican times, i.e.breakfast at 10.30, lunch at 4p.m, and dinner at 10 or 11,a schedule that is very easy to slip into.
Do not worry about having to speak spanish as all the hotel staff speak very good english, of course a little bit helps so at least try.
The buildings fit niceley into there setting with the beach at the front and the hotel being nestled in a pine forest, and interestingly some of the buildings, not the quest rooms, have thatched roofs ,which turn out to be quite common here.
The bar staff at Casa Suaya, were most attentive and were willing to answer our endless questions about Uruguay as well as supply caipirinha's and very good Uraguayan wines and Champagne
The bar restaurant is facing the pool and from there the south Atlantic and beautiful empty beaches. Lunch can ,of course, be had pool side.
The rooms are comfortable, with a/c, refigerator,coffee pot, telephone, wifi,and ample closet space.The bathroom has a shower, toilet and bidet, with sinks in a seperate area.
Great towels and comfortable beds and linens and plenty of pillows are provided.
The stand out for us at Casa Suaya was the kitchen and chef,Clo.
The food that came from Clo and her staff was some of the best I have ever eaten.
A salad of delecate perfectly grilled squid with peppers and mango, or a 7 hour lamb, so juicy and so tender ,literally falling apart to the touch, fresh seafood and produce,
fresh green salads, eggs that actually taste like eggs.
Breakfast is not the North American style but Clo did share with me some of her personal stock of blood sausage that was like none I have ever had before.
In the kitchen there is a large rack of wood that burns all day and is used to grill meat and make bread,and Clo uses it perfectly.
Uruguay is famous for its farming and lamb and beef are on the menu as well as ample fresh seafood and locally sourced produce as well as being a wine producing nation.
Do not worry about having nothing to do, Paulo and Leo will arrange activities if you would like them. Golf, horse riding or a Polo lesson or drive to the sculpture park,visit art galleries in Jose Ignacio or La Barra to mention just a few.
Do bring cash, few restaurants take credit cards and at this time of year prices are high compared with North America.
Get a car drive around, do not be afraid to get lost, the people are friendly and kind and I hope you have a great time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you enjoy traveling and opt for discretion; intimacy and comfort Casa Suaya is for you. Your experience at Casa Suaya will be unique, you won't be a room number for us, you will be our guest.Whether you decide to explore Jose Ignacio or just cozy up and spend the day on the property, we have everything you will need.Stay with us and you will feel like home, where you begin and end you day in your way. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Suaya Hotel Jose Ignacio