Four Seasons Resort Carmelo
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TravelPod Member ReviewsFour Seasons Resort Carmelo
We fully enjoyed the hotel and its amenities. There were a couple of blips with the concierge department in terms of mis-scheduling activities, but other than that, we loved the place.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Four Seasons Resort Carmelo
Paradise in the Pines
Our vacations almost always involve urban escapes focused on museums, cultural events, shopping and dining. The Four Seasons name and the beautiful pictures of their resort in Carmelo swayed us this time, however, and we booked a three-night stay. What a great idea. We had a wonderful time and learned that resort vacations can be just as interesting, educational and fun as urban escapes.
If you choose the plane (instead of the boat) to get to the resort, the adventure in Carmelo actually begins in Buenos Aires. The fifteen-minute flight is both exciting and a bit nerve-racking, unless you're accustomed to landing on a grass field. It's also a great way to transition from the enormity of Buenos Aires to the middle-of-nowhere vibe of Carmelo. But don't confuse the Uruguayan customs official for a porter (as our flightmates did) - he just might want to look through your luggage, so let him do it!
The resort is classic Four Seasons, with a mellow, Asian-influenced style that seems strangely at home in the middle of South America. It's a beautiful place where the sounds are not car horns and buses, but the wind blowing through the pines and the rhythm of your life slowing down to a more relaxing pace. Once you're accustomed to clear vistas with no buildings or development and calm nights with no traffic or sirens, you'll wonder how you're ever going to go home.
Unless you don't like the outdoors (why would you come here then?), the best options here are the bungalows. The two-level suites are very nice, but the bungalows allow indoor/outdoor living and seem to fit the surroundings in a way that the suites just don't capture. The square footage includes the biggest bathroom we've ever had in a hotel, an outdoor shower, a spacious bedroom and an outdoor sitting area with views toward the river. It really is paradise among the pines.
Despite its secluded location, activities abound: golfing, tennis, horseback riding, yoga exercise classes, and spa treatments. The hotel offers day trips to a local winery and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Colonia - well worth the time and money. We also thoroughly enjoyed a trip to the local restaurant/winery Finca Narbona for dinner.
The only negative we experienced was an incident involving money missing from our room that was not really dealt with by the management - a surprising misstep by a company that is normally tops in service. Otherwise, the service was very good although a bit too laid back.
If you're worried you won't have enough to do here, don't be. If you're worried you won't enjoy the surroundings, don't be. Just go. You won't want to leave.
A little slice of heaven
This is a wonderful resort in a marvelous setting..the service is top shelf..friendly, courteous,CARING people from the grounds keepers through front desk mngr...great golf experience,make sure you save some time to swap stories with Brian,
the pro...we live on the other side of the world but we'll be back...almost hate to share the joy ,want to make sure it stays the same... Ron Con on Kauai
What a vacation!! We could not reasonably have expected better service, food, or personalized attention. I am relucant to endorse too enthusiatically, since I'd prefer to keep this spot (relatively) private. If you go, you won't regret it...
Four Seasons Gem
Great stay, incredible service, and perfect weather (best tan of my life!) We had a bungalow which seemed much nicer than the duplex suites. You probably can't go wrong with either room category. This resort is relatively unknown and it cost very little for what you get, so go now before it becomes a hot property and the rates go up.
Best Four Seasons in the World!
This was the best Four Seasons I have ever been to. And I got married at the Four Seasons in Hualalai. The staff were super friendly. The spa was good, not great. Although they were building the indoor pool while we were there. We went horseback riding along the beach. It was amazing. The set up is incredible. Only 44 rooms. The restaurants were good and cheap! We are going back!
Phenomenal service, architecture, rooms, food, spa! We were greated by name when we arrived, and treated to a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade. Every where we went, every employee knew us by name - felt like we were at home! You ask for it, and they deliver. We arrived before a busy three day weekend and had the place to ourselves. A few days later they were completely full, but the property is developed in a way that it did not seem significantly different from when they had just a few guests. We adored our waiter (Manuel!) and sat in his section for every meal. The manager, Richard, joined us while we were having afternoon cocktails. The personal touches throughout our stay provided lasting impressions - would love to go back!
Never been treated better
We were greeted upon arrival at the hotel by the manager and by his head of food and beverage. Everyone knew our names throughout our stay. It was the best and most personal service that we have ever experienced even compared to the 10 or so other 4 Seasons where we have stayed. Our room was very spacious and comfortable. The golf course is a gem and a bargin at $75 per round. Highly recommended.
Four days in paradise
Usually I don't write reviews, despite being an avid reader of them, but after visiting Four Seasons resort in Carmelo, Uruguay, I felt compelled to share my experiences there.
The place is absolutely incredible - literally everything was perfect, starting from the lovely surroundings, a beautiful log cabin (they call it bi-level suite), magnificent food and super-friendly people. The people here definitely try to go out of their way to make you feel like royalty. We´ve stayed at a number of luxury hotels and resorts worldwide, including other Four Seasons properties, but have not seen anything at this level just yet.
Just as the previous poster, we've had dinner at the nearby winery and highly recommend it - it's a very enjoyable experience. Not much else to say, other than it's been an absolute blast and we would definitely come back here again.
A very small scale and relaxing resort in Uruguay's countryside. Located in a pristine pine forest on a river, the resort feels very remote, the spa and golf course are excellent and the main house is a stunning Balinese type lodge. Take a few of your favorite books and you can easily spend days unwinding here. If you are looking for a busy resort with lots of activities, this isn't it. But when you're here, you start to appreciate Uruguay's slower pace of life. The people we met in Uruguay were lovely.
Book the bi-level suite (great tub!) and save a night for dinner at the local vineyard-Narbona.
The food at the resort isn't on a par with other Four Seasons, but otherwise the hotel is a gem.
We felt like royalty in Carmelo
We stayed here in August to celebrate my husband's birthday. It was off-season, so the resort was not crowded at all. We had a bi-level suite-it was beautiful-lots of wood, beautiful bath with heated floors. We were picked up from the port by the sweetest gentleman. He took us on a tour of the city of Colonia before heading to Carmelo. Uruguay is an undiscovered treasure-great architecture, delicious food and some of the friendliest people I have ever met. It is a secluded resort with a spa, golf course, tennis, etc. We enjoyed the feeling of being the only people there-the staff were so sweet-we felt like we were on our honeymoon! I would suggest dining at a nearby vineyard-Finca Narbona-wonderful food and great atmosphere-you feel like you have stepped back in time. Ana Laura the concierge was so helpful!
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Had an ok night, except for a spider crawling all over me,
but was till happy there was plentiful good strong coffee but the rest of the
breakfast pretty blah!
Got the 9.45, thankful the rain stopped for the 10 min walk
to the bus station, to Montevideo and changed for Carmelo. My plans for the
loading up on dollars were thwarted by a defective ATM but thankfully ...
... waterglass full !!! Great place and good pizza too.
The present city was founded by Jose Gervasio Artigas on 12 February 1816.It took the official status of "city" on 17 August 1920 by decree Ley
No. 7.257. It is the only city founded personally by the Uruguayan
national hero, and it still holds this office proudly.
Carmelo has a swing bridge, the, ,Puerte Giratorio de Carmelo, ...
... ocean. Back over the bridge into Argentina.
Very hot, very humid. During the night tornadoes hit the areas we've driven through in Entre Rios, lots of damaged trees, roofs blown off. Back in Buenos Aires for a couple of weeks, repack, visit family, survive the humid heat. Off to Cordoba on Feb 1.
Whoa!!! Dam What a cool city!! Everyone has to see this place!! Let me paint u a picture, from our guesthouse in San Telmo, just a small stroll down Peru st, takes u to the plaza of san telmo, here on our first day, Rye-man, Jason (from Canada, living and teaching in Chile) an instant great friend and myself sat sampling the localbrew and had our senses dazzled by colours in diversity, flawless percussion sessions with beautiful dancers who move w precision ...
We boarded the boat to Carmelo with anticipation of where we would end up. Carmelo had no map in the guidebook and we were looking to divine inspiration to get us where we needed. We have eachother thats all we need!!! After about 30 minutes of sailing on the muddy deltas and having seen every possible rotting vessel (at least our government blows them up out at see to create dive sites!!!) along the delta I could handle, I took my aching feet ...