Just Open: A Hidden Beach Hotel in Oaxaca
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Hidden on a pristine beach in the Oaxaca surf town of Puerto Escondido, Hotel Escondido is the latest addition to a roster of Mexican boutique hotels created by Grupo Habita (which also owns the Hotel Americano in New York). Escondido follows the same formula as the others: small scale, good design, and just a touch of luxury. In this case that translates to guest quarters in 16 beachside palapas with air conditioning and private pools. For outdoorsy types, there's surfing and birding. A hotel beach club and underground bar also await. Photos via Grupo Habita . Above: Federico Rivera Río of CHK Arquitectura designed the interiors using a largely neutral palette with accents of Mexican-inspired color. Above: The floors of each palapa are inlaid with tropical hardwoods. We love the way the painted striped floor defines the space around the bed—it's something to try at home. Above: The rooms have a modern rustic look, with simple furniture and local finds on display. Above: Though the palapa rooftops are a nod to traditional Oaxacan design, each 375-square-foot hut is equipped with modern luxuries, including air conditioning, polished concrete baths, and private decks with plunge pools. Above: Set directly in the sand, a 50-meter pool and wood deck run parallel to the ocean. Above: Though the hotel has a restaurant and "acoustically isolated" hidden underground club, the property is tranquil and sparsely populated—at least so far. Above: An ideal spot for apres-surf lounging. Above: The small town of Puerto Escondido is known for world-class surfing, and nearby opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and birding await. Below: Hotel Escondido's location on Oaxaca's Pacific coast. V isitors fly into Puerto Escondido Airport or Huatulco Airport, both of which have flights from Mexico City. For rates and booking information, visit Hotel Escondido . Read about the other Grupo Habita hotels in Mexico in A Midcentury Classic Is Reborn in Acapulco , Hotels & Lodging: Hotel Condesa DF in Mexico , and Hotels & Lodging: Hotel Azucar in Veracruz .