Punta del Este, Uruguay


So this is where all the corrupt money goes! 😉 I had been wondering after all. Punta del Este is the Cote D´Azur of South America – posh cars, posh people, immaculate beaches, grand hotels. Fittingly, we stayed at “The Grand” hotel, a relatively new feature on Playa Brava, a bit outside the main pub and restaurant area of town. The staff are impeccably nice and the hotel is designed beautifully.

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View down the stairwell from the 9th floor.

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Hotel lobby

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Hats and fluffy bathrobes at check-in

 

It’s not an all-inclusive but the hotel has its own beach bar, pool bar, restaurant, indoor and outdoor pool, gym, sauna, spa, and cinema. The “Green” room on the first floor is a lovely little living space with books, magazines, movies, and couches.

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The Green Room

img_3619An extensive breakfast buffet is included in the room rate – complete with champagne and made-to-order waffles and omelettes as desired. It’s safe to say you can spend all your time in the hotel and not be disappointed.

We checked in on a Friday, lucking into another feature – the Friday cocktail party for guests! We went upstairs to the Green Room for sparkling rose wine and bar snacks, before walking over to the Boulevard Gourmand for dinner.

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Well equipped bar at the Grand.

 

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The Boulevard is a small street dotted with various restaurants, most French, most rather expensive. After checking out the wine and cheese cellar at La Bourgogne, we headed into L´Incanto for dinner, set amongst babbling ponds, flowers, and glowing candles. img_3724img_3725

The next days were devoted to relaxation – walks on the beach, books by the pool, and not much else. img_3624img_3683img_3688img_3691

For a more casual lunch scene, you can head into town where there are numerous options – I highly recommend Capi Bar, serving their own artisanal beer and great fried seafood. Olivia´s Bar and Resto also serves delicious generous entrees with a view over the marina.

 

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Sea lion basking by the boats.

 

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Walking around the town center.

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Giant grilled octopus.

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There are promenades and paths all along the beach – you can walk for miles and appreciate the view. img_3647img_3649img_3693img_3694

 

The beaches are immaculate, the houses, apartments, and hotels well-groomed and sleek, and in general the feeling here is relaxed and orderly compared to the crazy city just a ferry ride away. If you’re in need of a bit of shopping, Lunadeleste is an adorable little boutique on the Boulevard Gourmand, with all sorts of goodies for your home and kitchen. img_3734img_3727img_3729img_3732

On our last evening we stayed at the hotel for dinner to try out the Lighthouse restaurant  – if you’re a guest at the hotel they even throw in a free bottle of wine 😉 We sampled freshly baked bread with lemon chili butter, grilled octopus, and two meats – filet with red pepper hummus and vegetables, and slow-cooked lamb with rosemary, grilled squash, and goat cheese. Delicious. The staff kindly treated us to a chocolate cake and champagne at the end as well – it happened to be somebody’s birthday 🙂 img_3702img_3703img_3707img_3705img_3711

All in all our experience at both the hotel and the town was fabulous – relaxation, top service, and incredible beaches. Both ferries and flights leave from Buenos Aires daily for Uruguay. You can find the Grand Hotel here.

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