Fabulous, glamourous Punta del Este has had the Argentinean and international jet set flocking for years. Luxuriate on the 20 mile stretch of pristine beaches, shop ‘til you drop as the sun goes down, before partying dusk ‘til dawn in this lively hotspot. Dreaming of your own pad there? You will be after you’ve seen the home of artist, Carlos Paez: a white stucco wonderland that’s sprawled on a cliff edge.
For those seeking simpler pleasures, the nearby fishing village of Jose Ignacio has a sleepy bohemian feel with an A-list polish. Lots of low-key restaurants here, lantern lit, and with fantastic sea food. When you get tired of beaches, Uruguay also has gaucho style riding and the Argentinean favourite, polo. Where to stay? It’s a tough choice between Playa Vik and its sister property Estancia Vik.