Carefully curated spaces reveal the passion behind Chile’s newly opened Viña Vik.
Alexander and Carrie Vik envisioned their first South American project as a vacation home. But during construction of their 4,000-acre ranch in José Ignacio, Uruguay, the globe-trotting financier turned hotelier and his wife realized they wanted to share it with others. Estancia Vik welcomed its first guests in 2009, and its design—artful and detailed, as though it were a private residence—has since informed the look and feel of the other three Vik Resorts properties on the continent.
Viña Vik, the newest of the four, opened in November on a hilltop overlooking grapevines, an azure lake, and verdant valleys. Located south of Chile’s capital, in Millahue Valley, the 22-room hotel pairs with Vik Winery, which was designed by the Chilean architect Smiljan Radic.
For the hotel itself, the Uruguayan architect Marcelo Daglio realized the Viks’ concept of a glass and concrete building with an undulating bronzed titanium roof—a design that recalls Frank Gehry but was inspired by the surrounding mountains and the winds that flow across the property. Avid art collectors, the Viks chose or commissioned all of the retreat’s works and even designed select furnishings, adding personal touches that feel perfectly at home.
Art and Soul
"We poured immeasurable work and passion into Viña Vik," says Carrie, "to develop our concepts and ensure they were implemented in a coherent and aesthetically pleasing manner." For the Viks, the idea was to create not only a stunning art hotel but also an unparalleled wine experience. Two years of scientific research went into finding land with the ideal terroir for growing the best Carménère, Cabernet Sauvignon, and other grapes. Vik Winery took root only after that painstaking process was complete.
From its hilltop perch, the hotel, which was three years in the making, "affords amazing views and brings the outside in while still preserving complete privacy for our guests," says Alexander. Longtime admirers of the Italian artist Piero Fornasetti, the Viks named and designed a suite around him. "The furniture was chosen for its architectural nature, which married so well with the other Fornasetti pieces found throughout," says Carrie. The chair by Fabio Novembre Nemo for Driade was purchased in an auction in Sweden. The desk is from ABC Home, and the American art deco chair, from the first-class dining room of the SS United States, was reupholstered in one of Carrie’s favorite reversible fabrics, Samba Ebony/Ivory by Lee Jofa. The floor-to-ceiling windows are equipped with a Pirouette blind system by Hunter Douglas that features soft vanes floating on a sheer backing. The same window coverings are installed in the other suites, including Retro.
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