Uruguay’s new Sacromonte Landscape Hotel and winery is designed to disappear into its rugged surroundings thanks to its mirrored facade.
The Maldonado destination hides away in a 250-acre stretch of sierra between Punta del Este, José Ignacio and Pueblo Garzón. Conceived for wine lovers and designed by MAPA Architects, it comprises 13 hotel cabins, a winery and a farm-to-table restaurant.
For Sacromonte’s hotel rooms, MAPA has taken cues from the valley landscape – its grass meadows, reservoirs and natural streams. The modular prefab cabins were assembled in a factory in Montevideo before being transported 200 km to their new home. These camouflaged structures feature simple steel frames set atop stone bases built using local materials.
At the front, a smoked-glass facade reflects the surrounding grasslands and hides their inhabitants from view, while the rear features stacked logs that riff on the traditional log cabin.
According to the practice, ‘The spaces are organized in a sequence of longitudinal layers of different thicknesses between which life develops.’
Cabins at the Sacromonte Landscape Hotel start from $700 per night and guests can enjoy the views from the comfort of their bed – located at the front of the structure. Kitchen and bathrooms are tucked behind. Interiors are decked in dark stone floors, oak panelled walls and contemporary furniture.
Outside, each cabin has a private deck whose shape responds to its location and a circular pool – the perfect spot for admiring the views.
Sitting atop a nearby hill is Sacromonte’s farm-to-table restaurant, which serves barbecued meats including wild boar.
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