Sweeping plains dotted with palm trees, majestic sand dunes standing next to clear blue ocean waters, laid-back friendly people… and the largest meat-grills (parillas) I have ever seen! Just a few of my wonderful memories from a recent commission in Uruguay.
Uruguay is largely unspoilt, but we did track down some amazing boutique hotels, B&B’s and restaurants. There’s Playa Vik or Estancia Vik if your taste in accommodation is cutting-edge luxury with a relaxed ambience. Choose Chez Silvia or Casa Anna if you like rustic charm done really well. And a meal at El Garzon is a must if you want to sample some of the best food that Uruguay has to offer – it’s tucked away in the small village of Garzon (just down the road from Casa Anna) – be sure to hunt it down!
A little bit of luxury or high-quality charm in a truly unspoilt part of the World is rare these days, when it seems that every corner of the Earth has been well trodden. Here the beaches can be empty, the streets quiet, and flamingos roam free. Uruguay is probably one of the worlds best kept secrets and is officially my new favourite place…go there, before everyone else does!
A selection of the photographs are published together with the article ‘Surf & Turf’ by Michael Raffael, in the April issue of Food and Travel magazine out now.