Playa Vik José Ignacio, Punta del Este, Uruguay
Modern design defines Playa Vik José Ignacio, a new beachfront retreat 12 miles northeast of Punta del Este. Six casas surround a central glass-and-titanium building designed by Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott. Enjoy soaking tubs made of beech wood and a swimming pool that seems to extend into the horizon. —Michael Luongo
From $800, Calle Los Cisnes, 598/94-605212, vikretreats.com. Photo by Cristobal Palma. This appeared in the January/February 2011 issue.