chevron-down
chevron-up

Mexican Design Stays to Visit in 2024

Escape to five Mexican design stays that embody the region’s indoor-outdoor design language, rich architectural heritage and laid-back lifestyle.

Hotel Terrestre

Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca

Located in the Mexican jungle just outside Puerto Escondido, Hotel Terrestre emerges as a secluded destination for design-discerning travellers drawn to the natural elements – particularly water. The Brutalist-inspired building is a sanctuary of wellness and relaxation, inviting guests to connect with the Oaxacan coast. Its minimalist architecture, characterised by sharp lines, rugged brick walls, timber slats and concrete floors, harmonises with the surrounding landscape, accentuating its beauty.

Central to the hotel’s ethos is its celebration of water, showcased in a traditional Turkish steam bath, known as “hammam” in Arabic, meaning “heat”. Reflecting ancient bathing traditions, this sculptural structure comprises seven chambers; four offer the varying experiences of water – hot, warm, cold and steam – while the remainder serve as entrances to bathrooms and dressing areas.

Photography courtesy of Hotel Terrestre

Photography courtesy of Hotel Terrestre

Photography courtesy of Hotel Terrestre

Villa Petricor

Tulum, Quintana Roo

‘Petricor’: the earthy scent that typically accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather. This was the chosen name for a private villa in the beach town of Tulum designed by CO-LAB Design Office. The familiar scent is a sign that the seasons are changing and that nature will again embark on the path of renewal. Inspired by this, the Mexico-based architecture studio designed the villa around the notions of grounding and re-centring in nature so that we, too, can embark on renewal.

There is a sense of wonder as one travels between the spaces, gradually discovering new touchpoints with nature. It helps that the palette is heavily weighted with the colours and materials found on site, reinforcing the ties between occupants and their surroundings.

The villa’s floors are made of thick cast-in-place cement with a terrazzo finish, while the walls and ceilings are hand-polished cement, which can withstand harsh environments. In addition to serving a practical purpose, these materials also complement the villa’s calming energy.

Photography by César Béjar

Photography by César Béjar

Photography by César Béjar

Casa TO

Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca

Situated in the resort town of Puerto Escondido, Casa TO was crafted as an immersive experience that seamlessly integrates raw materials and organic forms with the local landscape. Despite its central location in the country’s surfing capital, the design-forward hotel offers a sense of seclusion while being within arm’s reach of all the town has to offer.

Designed by local architecture firm Ludwig Godefroy, the building prominently features concrete and is enveloped by lush tropical plants, evoking the sensation of a traditional Oaxacan temple. A standout example of this design approach is the concrete pool area on the ground floor; this striking architectural element creates the feeling of bathing in a jungle sanctuary by blurring the boundaries between indoors and outdoors.

Casa TO comprises nine thoughtfully designed suites, offering a respite from the sun-soaked days and lively nightlife of the town. The six ground-floor suites feature private gardens adorned with subtle decor, while the three upper-level suites feature secluded terraces complete with outdoor tubs, inviting guests to relax and unwind amidst nature’s embrace.

Photography by Romain Laprade

Photography by Nicole Arcuschin

Photography by Arturo Gomez

Photography by Arturo Gomez

Casona Sforza

Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca

On Puerto Escondido’s pristine white-sand coast, a collection of interconnected luxury huts known as Casona Sforza offers an authentic seaside hospitality experience. Tucked into the lush coastline, the huts provide complete privacy while offering breathtaking, uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean. Casona Sforza’s dedication to exceptional service and architectural elegance has established it as a coveted design destination in the region.

Each room features high, curved ceilings that foster a sense of ease and openness. Sand-coloured bricks, timber-slatted doors and earth-toned textiles contribute to this serene atmosphere while harmonising with the natural environment.

Guests can enjoy various activities, from dining at the in-house restaurant La Boveda, which showcases the fresh seasonal flavours of Oaxaca, to relaxing by the outdoor pool, indulging in spa treatments, and catching the surf waves right at their doorstep.

Photography by Anna Wolf

Photography by Anna Wolf

Photography Courtesy of Casona Sforza

Photography by Anna Wolf

Casa Areca 

Tulum, Quintana Roo

Nestled in the resort town of Tulum, Casa Areca is a thoughtfully designed holiday home that resonates with the region’s natural beauty and architectural heritage. Crafted by esteemed local design firm CO-LAB, renowned for its biophilic design ethos, the home epitomises ‘sustainable luxury’ by integrating the existing Areca Palms into the building fabric. 

Retractable, pivoting floor-to-ceiling glass doors blur the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces, inviting the vibrant landscape into the heart of the home. A wrap-around deck envelops a serene pool and private garden area, while a rustic stone wall fashioned from locally excavated materials encircles the property, adding a rustic touch.

Inside, a soothing palette of polished cement walls and floors, as well as warm, locally sourced woods, accentuates bespoke furnishings meticulously crafted by Yucatan artisans. The airy rooms embrace outdoor views while playful shadows dance across the walls, creating an idyllic sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation after sun-soaked days at the beach.

Photography by César Béjar

Photography by César Béjar

Photography by César Béjar

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Enquire Now