World's Greatest Places 2021
Posada LUZ, a boutique resort in José Ignacio, Uruguay.
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July 20, 2021 6:33 AM EDT

A shimmy up the Atlantic coastline from Montevideo, José Ignacio is uncrowded and unbuttoned. In time for the 2021 summer season, Posada LUZ, a country retreat with olive groves, a miniforest, a vineyard and an infinity pool, is set for a November opening. One of James Turrell’s Skyspace installations—large, enclosed chambers with apertures in the ceilings that open up to the sky—is coming in November to nearby Posada Ayana, his first freestanding work in South America. There are new beachside bungalows at Bahia Vik with individual suites featuring oversize art and a pool set among sand dunes, plus the wood-clad bookstore-gallery-hotel Rizoma. The area’s restaurant of choice is La Huella, which sits in the dunes, serving freshly grilled seafood. The nearby bar Solera offers a choice of no fewer than 350 wines, many local. —Julia Buckley

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