Maria Victoria Lorenzo
General Manager, Hotel Fasano Punta Del Este
After working with various boutique lodgings in remote, rugged locations—with stints in rural New Zealand, Chile's Atacama desert, and Patagonia in her native Argentina—hospitality expert Maria Victoria Lorenzo got the call to head up the Fasano Hotel in Punta del Este. "In some ways it felt like moving to a major city," she says, comparing Punta del Este to some of her more remote posts. "The area is relatively small and very peaceful, especially in the off season, but there are world-class restaurants, luxury brands, art galleries, and so much more." And yet it's the quieter side of the region that appeals most to Maria Victoria—the vast pastures, rolling hills, and wooded forests. "The hotel is right in the middle of the countryside, a tucked-away setting that feels familiar to me, and it’s also near the ocean, which I'm learning to love."