Driving up the Uruguayan coast on route 10 you will eventually run into the seaside town of La Pedrera. About 6 kilometres further you will see a sign for San Antonio on your right, follow the sand road and you will bump into a few hidden beach homes. Amongst them is the secluded country-chic Posada San Antonio where Gordo and Mio will be waiting for you with wagging tails. Punta del Este, eat your heart out.
Originally a barn, the small hotel now consist of four spacious two-story rooms which follow the lines of the original frame, and each has its own little private deck. The real eye-catcher is the upcycled cattle tank that now serves as the pool. Its surrounding terrace completes the perfect setting to be lulled into your siesta by the sounds of the nearby ocean.
Early risers can salute the sun in solitude on San Antonio’s sweeping coastline. Just follow the dew-covered trail from the posada’s backyard and the friendly horses from the neighboring ranch may greet you good morning along the way. Upon your return a typical Uruguayan breakfast – with toast, jam, fresh juice and coffee – will be waiting for you. A simple but sufficient start of your day.
Nearby La Pedrera offers all the conveniences you may expect of a small resort town. Not in the mood to make the short drive? No worries, David, the posada’s amiable Argentine owner, will cook you a juicy lomo for dinner.
The only small grumble I have is that the bathrooms are a bit dark and tiny, but there is no reason to be spending a lot of time in them anyway. Set amongst a dense forest filled with birdsong and only steps away from the seashore, Posada San Antonio caters to both beach- and nature lovers seeking to unwind in laid-back style.