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CasapuebloPunta Ballena, Uruguay

When artist Carlos Páez Vilaró found a wooden shack on the beach at Punta Ballena, near Maldonado, he decided it was where he would work. Inspired by the architecture of Santorini, he added some rooms to the original structure then kept on building – for 36 years.

Now, the massive and distinctively quirky hotel – which deliberately features a total of zero straight lines – consists of 72 apartments across 13 floors, all of which have terraces overlooking the ocean. There’s also a studio and museum showcasing the work of Vilaró, who died in 2014.

  • Wi-fi
  • Breakfast included
  • Pool
  • On-site gym

Superior doubles cost from around US$135 per night, including breakfast.

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