I enjoyed my third stay at this beautiful ranch in March 2017. It is a unique property in an amazing location. It has just gotten better and better since I first stayed here with my best friend in 2011. Guadalupe and Thomas do a fantastic job managing the property.
The horse riding program is truly special and worth a stay at the Estancia just for this experience alone. One day we rode on the beach which was a special first experience for lifetime horse people like us. The ranch's Criollo ponies are sure-footed and even tempered.
The pool is peaceful with great views across the countryside. There is cozy furniture and it is easy to fall asleep reading in the shade! I often had the entire pool area to myself.
One of my favorite Estancia Vik experiences (after the horse riding) is sitting on the room's patio taking in the view of the horses and cows grazing and wandering around the property. Each room has an outside patio area with adarondak chairs. It relaxes me in a heartbeat, especially at sunset. Fireflies add some more magic and sparkle to the peaceful vibe.
This year I did a birding tour with Gustavo (offers birdwatching tours in the area). There is a lot of bird life on the ranch (three species of kingfishers!) and if you are a birder you won't want to miss this experience. Bring your binoculars (you can also borrow a pair from Gustavo). My favorite new bird was the Spectacled Tyrant. We heard a Capybara jump into the river during our walk but we not lucky enough to see it.
There is a really funny gray (white) horse whom we enjoyed watching. He was always doing something silly and often ended up on the grass right outside our room. I never got his name but he was a real character to watch.
I have never stayed anywhere that gives me as special of a guest experience as Estancia Vik does. The common areas are comfortable and inviting and filled with beautiful art.
The nearby beach town Jose Ignacio is lovely and a great spot for lunch.
Walking on the beach in the morning, followed by a swim in the ocean, then lunch at La Huela finished with a sunset ride is, for me personally, the perfect day of vacation.
Thank you to everyone for the Best Vacation Ever.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Estancia’s private living space is separated into two wings, each containing six bedroom Suites. Of the six suites in each wing, there are four 500 square foot Suites on the ground level and two 900 square foot Master Suites on the second floor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Estancia Vik Jose Ignacio Hotel Jose Ignacio