One of our contributors recently popped over to Uruguay from Buenos Aires to review some noteworthy hotels on the coast before the crowds appear in January. First up is Posada del Faro in Jose Ignacio.

Like many great hotels right on the beach, this feels like an enlarged version of a rich friend’s vacation home, casual and comfortable. You can use the bikes, mix some drinks at the honor bar, or lounge around all day in the library on a rainy day. The key thing is, the staff will act like they’re at your service.

“Take your breakfast in bed, at any time of the day. If you stay out late one night and don’t wake up until 2pm, perfect. The staff couldn’t care less about holding you to a schedule…after all, you are on vacation! Outside of high season, management is also incredibly accommodating about check-out time.”

San Ignacio doesn’t have the glitz and crowds of nearby Punta del Este. Instead this is a laid-back region where the rich and famous move around in flip-flops and golf carts. If you want quiet glamour instead of casinos and packed beaches, this is your Hamptons equivalent.

See our detailed review of Posada del Faro in San Ignacio.