Big Bang Nature StaysBohemian beach domes
Sauce de Portezuelo, Punta del Este
On the edge of the Atlantic Ocean on a deserted beach, your stylish dome nestles amongst acres of virgin pine forest
We’re not a fan of the term ‘glamping’ but if there’s the perfect glamping destination in Uruguay, then this is it.
Big Bang is a fabulous destination for families with children and people looking to reconnect with nature–with luxury touches. Accommodation is in twelve custom-made domes, equipped with king size beds, five-star quality bedding and pillows and hotel-quality bathrooms.
The communal spaces are spectacular. The elegant living room dome, with its three enormous sofas arranged around an immense iron coffee table, will undoubtedly feature in some cool South American design magazine some time soon. It’s an air-conditioned oasis of classical music playing on a sophisticated sound system, books, musical instruments and a privileged view of the Atlantic.
Dine in the open air or enjoy the buffet breakfast (included in your room price) in the air-conditioned dining dome. The kitchen is a converted airstream bus with funky black and white diamond flooring–parked parallel to the beach–its windows to the south open onto the ocean, and face the calm of the forest to the north.
But the real beauty of Big Bang is its direct connection to nature and to a sense of community. The ocean is perfect for swimming and bathing. A hot tub overlooks the water, perfect for the evenings. You can go horse-riding on the beach on one of Big Bang’s four steeds. Children run free and will be enchanted by a small play area has rough-hewn climbing frames.
We found ourselves eating around big tables with the family and other guests–well-travelled locals who had been following the development of Big Bang since before it opened in December 2019. The convivial conversation switched easily from Spanish into English.
Staying at Big Bang is a family experience. Your hosts Lucia (known as Luli), Leandro and their three young daughters, are Uruguayan born and bred. Leandro’s family have owned the property for the last forty years and Big Bang was inspired by their year-long sabbatical around Asia and Oceania. Luli and her right hand woman Mariana speak great English.
Why is it called Big Bang?
Because the idea is that this is a retreat where things happen. “An explosion of creativity,” says Leandro. Contact Big Bang to find out about their annual events program which will be filling up throughout the year. December included a night sky photography stay.
What you should know
The domes are fairly closely set together but as they all face towards the beach so I didn’t feel that there was a problem with privacy.
Heating and cooling Big Bang’s location on the ocean means it is generally cool at night. There is air conditioning in the lounge and dining domes. The sleeping domes have fans and some have cosy woodburning stoves for the winter.
No restaurants or bars within walking distance We’d advise having a car (several of our Top Pick restaurants are short drives away) or planning to eat at Big Bang. With prior warning staff will whip up simple Uruguayan favourites like chivitos or tarts. Healthy eaters will be delighted by the quantity and quality of vegetables. Four-person domes have a small galley kitchenette where you can prepare simple snacks.
No wifi or TV at Big Bang (roaming works fine).
You are in the middle of a forest so there are insects however being so close to the ocean mosquitos are rare. We used the insect vaporiser thoughtfully provided and slept perfectly.
What to bring A torch (for getting around the property at night) unless your phone has great battery life. A sun hat, sunscreen and insect repellent. Sun parasols and beach towels are provided.
Per night & includes breakfast.
Dome for 1-2 people 135 USD
Large dome for 2 165 USD
Large dome for 4 195 USD
* Rates for March till Dec 24. Check with Big Bang for high season rates. Discounts for 4+ nights.
Calle Los Eucaliptus Ruta 10 km 109 Sauce del Portezuelo
Book through the Big Bang website
or email Lucia at email@example.com or call/WhatsApp + 598 99 149 514
Photos: Guru’Guay and Big Bang
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