The exclusive seaside Mantra Resort is in a prime location, set amid the beautiful beaches of La Barra and the woods of Manantiales in Punta del Este in south-eastern Uruguay. It’s a popular location with the cool crowd, as well as drawing watersports and fishing enthusiasts. An hour’s drive from the capital, Montevideo, will get you to downtown Punta del Este and from there it’s another 13km to this European-styled resort – where you can really let your hair down and relax.
Balance Spa, a huge space covering over 1,500m2 and with 16 treatment rooms, offers a range of rejuvenating treatments that combine the best of eastern (for instance, Ayurvedic) and western techniques. There are also heated pools, dry saunas, steam rooms, Jacuzzis, Scottish showers and Roman beds to tempt you, along with a meditation areas and a fitness centre.
You can arrange to play a round – ask at the resort
Guests can choose from 88 rooms and 12 suites, all furnished in a modern, minimalist style but with luxurious touches and enjoying great views. The size and features vary according to the room, but may include a balcony, air-conditioning, satellite smart TV, marble bathroom and bathrobes, Egyptian cotton sheets, minibar and a work desk.
The resort draws beach lovers, watersports fans and nature lovers alike – as well as the casino crowd. Open during the summer (December to February), the casino provides slot machines, board games and an annual poker competition that attracts world-class players (no wonder, with prize money of over a million dollars!). Even if gaming’s not your thing, you’ll never be short of something to do – with a swimming pool, tennis courts, kids’ club, hunting, horse-riding, cycling, paintball, diving and all manner of watersports on offer. Depending on the time of your stay, there may also be a fashion show planned, or a special gastronomic event.
You can choose to eat inside or by the poolside at Zafferano Restaurant, where you’ll be treated to a wide-ranging menu accompanied by an extensive wine list. Indigo Grill serves up Uruguayan grilled meats and wood-fired pizza. For drinks, you can choose from Gege’s Bar for coffee and snacks, the casino’s Bar Monaco or the pool bar.
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