Eighteen months ago the Former Four Seasons Carmelo Resort & Spa joined Hyatt and last year it became one of the first four ‘Unbound Collection’ properties, Hyatt’s “un-brand.”
The hotel is set in a forest overlooking the river. It has only 44 rooms. The base room is 970 square feet. It’s a category 5 redemption (20,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points per night, you can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt).
There are 20 bungalows and 24 suites. When the property became part of Hyatt I determined that Diamond Suite Upgrades were available to upgrade to the suites — but the price of both room types turned out to actually be the same. (Awards book into bungalows.)
It’s a super aspirational hotel in Uruguay, whose rates used to hit $1000 per night when it was a part of Four Seasons. I didn’t know anyone that’s stayed there since it became a Hyatt – until now, when Denise Chaykun Weaver of Magical Mystery Tours shared her experience and has some awesome tips for planning a trip there.
Here’s her overall take:
The resort is beautiful! We had a house that reminded me of Al Maha–pretty windows everywhere, an outdoor shower in a private courtyard. Then we got upgraded to the bi-level suite our second night, which was pretty, but didn’t feel quite as special as the first room.
Bungalow Outdoor Shower
Bedroom of Suite
She wasn’t a fan of the food on property but recommends meals at the nearby Narbona Wine Lodge. Bottom-line is that it’s “worth a 2-night stop in you’re in Buenos Aires and want to..add Uruguay to your list of countries” but more than 2-3 days will exhaust interest for many.
The hotel provides a complimentary shuttle from the Carmelo airport, but it’s cost-prohibitive to fly there. Denise reports you “can take an express bus from Montevideo to Colonia or Carmelo and [then] the Hyatt shuttle.”
While working now, award availability didn’t always show properly online but was bookable by phone.
Incidentally she booked her award tickets with Book Your Award.