I’m not a huge Four Seasons fan for international trips — I prefer more unique hotels that reflect the character of each locale — but in a pinch for a room at the last minute in Carmelo, I booked a couple of nights at the Four Seasons Carmelo in the heart of the prettiest part of Uruguay’s best wine region. Nestled in and under the towering, towering pine trees lining the Rio de la Plata, the trees themselves, and the lazy muddy la Plata are the stars, with a lot of five star cush to soften your head.
And the sky. Rolling slumberous clouds developing over the la Plata, like giant cotton puffs rolling along, one after another. Just for you.
It also has about the world's largest pool, good lord....
Carmelo is right across the la Plata from Buenos Aires, so it was so easy to scoot back to Colonia, drop the rental car and transit via the state of the art ferry terminal and take the Buquebus — the ferry, which is a delight to hear the locals pronounce it so cutely as Boo-Kay-boos..without realizing how cute it sounds –- to Buenos Aires and jet to the airport and home. Extra nice to splurge on tapping into the Four Seasons infrastructure and arrange for one of their BA sister hotel drivers to meet me at the ferry terminal and seamlessly whisk me away to EZE airport without skipping a beat. Everything put on the bill. Not for everyone, but if you want to splurge and not have to figure anything out, this is your place.