Located in Millahue, just two hours south of Santiago (40mins by helicopter), the Viña VIK estate features a winery and a 22-suite avant-garde hotel. Both are triumphs of art, design and architecture.
The Viña VIK hotel – a concrete, glass and titanium spaceship – perches on a hilltop above a lake at the centre of a spectacular 11,000-acre vineyard, with breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains. The build was entrusted to Uruguayan architect Marcelo Daglio and, for the interiors, 22 leading lights of the contemporary art world were drafted in. Every room is designed by a different artist – each totally distinct from the next: The Valenzuela Suite adds colour with its Mondrian-esque oak floor; Norge is a nod to Vik’s Norwegian heritage; and for the Azulejo Suite, the Viks worked with an artisanal company in Portugal to design hand-painted tile murals for the walls and ceiling.
Nobody does bathrooms like VIK: In the Vicky Money suite, every wall, sink and bathtub is covered entirely in copper coins. In Norge, a similarly dramatic effect is achieved using slate. The Vik, our favourite of the master suites, showcases a hanging fiberglass bath and titanium walls.
A visit to the Viña VIK winery is a must. Ecologically sound and architecturally inspiring, Chilean architect Smiljan Radic followed the nordic precision which characterises Vik’s three other hotels in Uruguay. At the entrance to the winery, the vast reflection pool strewn with boulders was conceived by Radic’s wife, Marcela Correa, and has become synonymous with the winery.
The food is out of this world. Menus are fresh and varied, meaning you can stay 4 or 5 nights without repeating a dish (though some of them certainly merit it).
Between tastings led by international wine experts and horse rides through the estate, guests are invited to cool off in the striking cantilevered pool overlooking the vines or enjoy vinotherapy treatments in the holistic spa before heading down the valley to enjoy a barbecue under the stars.