The fishing village of José Ignacio is to South America what St Tropez is to Europe. Cementing José's hip credentials is Playa Vik, a striking modern beach house containing a restaurant and four sea-view suites.

There are also six casas (houses) with private terraces, but the real 'ooh' factor is the black granite infinity pool that stretches out over the beach and lights up at night with LEDs mirroring the stars. Sister property Estancia Vik is a 15-minute drive inland and the duo means there's plenty to keep you entertained.

At Playa Vik you can surf and kayak in the sea, cycle to the lighthouse and eat out in the chic village of Faro José Ignacio. At Estancia, you can explore the underground wine cellar, try your hand at polo and go on horse rides to a lagoon surrounded by flamingos and ostriches.

WOW FACTOR:  After dinner, snuggle up around the brasero (a traditional Uruguayan fire pit) and stargaze until the early hours.

FLIGHT TIME: 14 hours

WHEN TO GO: Winter, Summer

GO: Cox & Kings (www.coxandkings.co.uk) offers seven nights, B&B, from £3,895 per person. Includes Tam airlines flights and transfers.