Casa FlorLive the Uruguay coast like a local VIP
Treat yourself to one of the best hotels around Punta del Este–Casa Flor. A boutique beach hotel whose well-connected owners will introduce you to the secrets of Uruguay’s natural beauty with access most can only dream of.
Bathed in natural light, with a lovely central pool, this chic nine-room boutique hotel is a tranquil oasis. Although they opened in 2019, Casa Flor has been featured in design magazines and is being singled out as a more laid-back heir to some of the longer-established luxury hotels in the neighbourhood.
After year’s-long surfing safaris in Australia and California, best friends since childhood, Alfonso and Juan Manuel, built Casa Flor just off Montoya beach minutes from Punta del Este (the most glamourous beach resort in South America–for South Americans especially–for over 100 years). Montoya is one of Uruguay’s best surfing beaches. When the guys aren’t attending their guests, they’re off catching a wave.
Their families are part of Uruguay’s most well-connected, and staying at Casa Flor you’ll be tapping into that circuit. What we absolutely loved was the owners’ total enthusiasm for making sure you have an amazing time while you are staying with them. They know all the best places to eat locally – from the trendiest seafood fine-dining to the most rustic pizza shack. Grab yourself some of their top of the line bikes and head off into nearby La Barra following their spot-on dining and nightlife recommendations.
The Casa Flor Experience – concierge trips into natural Uruguay
And while the tranquility of the surroundings mean you might just spend your entire time lounging by the pool you may find that what tips the balance for you is Casa Flor’s proximity to many of Uruguay’s most famous beauty spots. Combine this with Alfonso and Juanma’s surfer background and their extensive personal contacts and you may find yourself on a truly limited edition expedition.
Travellers come from all over the world to experience the remote Cabo Polonio nature reserve with its wild beaches and seal colonies but you can only enter the reserve at certain times of day on designated transport. Alfonso or Juanma will take you to Cabo Polonio through a private entrance reserved for residents. Just two hour after leaving Casa Flor you can be breakfasting in this remarkable reserve overlooking the beach. After sunbathing, wandering the seal colonies or surfing, a Uruguayan barbecue overlooking the ocean will cooked just for you. Grab a siesta. And watch the sun go down before being driven back to Casa Flor. This is total limited edition. THIS is the Casa Flor experience.
The guys also offer shorter experiences like a short hike to one of Uruguay’s highest points, followed by brunch on the summit. You’ll be back by the pool before midday. Or a pre-dawn visit to Laguna de Rocha. You’ll see dawn from the truck and spot pink flamingos. After a picnic breakfast at the lake, you can surf or stroll around.
Tens of thousands see the sunset from the famous Casapueblo. If you go with the Casa Flor guys, you’ll be watching it from a private dock owned by Juanma’s parents, after a picnic and swimming. Casapueblo is just thirty minutes from Casa Flor.
What you should know
The bedrooms are on the small side though small, they are well-thought out and there’s lots of storage space. On the plus side each room has its own deck with seating and the bathrooms are a nice size. The common areas—the pool, the outdoor dining deck and the large living room with an open fire place—are inviting and you’ll find yourself gravitating there.
La Barra is one of Uruguay’s most exclusive resorts and Casa Flor is biking and driving distance to some great restaurants and nightlife. Top resorts like Jose Ignacio and Punta del Este are minutes drive away. So eating out and activities in general are on the high-end price-wise.
Stays open all year round We applaud Casa Flor wholeheartedly for their decision to stay open 365 days this year. This is very unusual on the coast in Uruguay where most hotels and restaurants close down off season and only a handful open for weekends. The guys have all the tips on what’s great and open, so that you won’t go hungry! They also offer simple healthy lunches (they have a kitchen garden onsite) and Alfonso is delighted to rustle up traditional steak sandwiches known as chivitos or an asado on request.
120 USD weekdays and 140 USD weekends (low season rates) including breakfast
9 Explorador Street
La Barra, Maldonado, Uruguay
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Photos: Guru’Guay and Casa Flor