Recoup in Uruguay’s second largest city, Punta Del Este, best known for its resort lifestyle

Antonio Banderas, Shakira, George Clooney and Naomi Campbell have placed Punta del Este high up on their list, making it the ultimate escape in South America. It may be a 25-hour journey from Dubai, but the allure of sun, sand, beach and nightlife is what draws celebrities into this resort-city sited on a narrow peninsula in southeast Uruguay. With a luxury style ‘imported’ from Europe, Brazil and Argentina, fused with local flavor, it’s no surprise this place is being referred to as the St. Tropez of Uruguay. To get a feel of what to expect, we’ve rounded up activities for you and the family:PUNTA DEL ESTE 02Take a ride

Couples gallop by the sea from the Godiva Haras stable for a one-hour tour – known as Cabalgata Jose Ignacio. To make the excursion a romantic one, choose the Cabalgata Full Moon package where guests are welcomed with a glass of bubbly before they embark on a 14-kilometre trail along the beach during sunset.

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PUNTA DEL ESTE 03Catch a flight

Fly Uruguay offers a panoramic helicopter tour of the city and its stunning beaches. You can also learn how to fly, with a 90-minute training class explaining the basics. It’s a great way to see the city from up above.

Visit: vueloshelicoptero.comPUNTA DEL ESTE 05Explore classic Punta

A distinctive attraction and must-see for tourists are the caverns in Punta Ballena (a Sea Museum at La Barra) and the artistic Casa Pueblo; a museum and hotel built by Carlos Paez Vilaró perched on a cliff. Locals recommend riding around on a bicycle to stop for photo-ops. Ralli Museum is worth a visit too.It boasts a selection of modern and contemporary Latin American art, alongside European Modernist and Post-Modernist pieces. You can’t leave Punta del Este without seeing “The Hand” designed by Chilean artist Mario Irrazábal. The ominous sculpture is a landmark, with five gigantic fingers rising from the sand, at the beginning of Brava Beach. Swing by the market nearby for souvenirs and local food.PUNTA DEL ESTE 04Stay at…

Hotel Fasano Punta del Este is not what you’d expect, given the surroundings. The award-winning architectural project is the first Fasano brand outside Brazil, overlooking the Maldonado river. Relax at one of the stunning 20 bungalows and engage in activities and experiences including tennis and golf.

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