Georgia Hopkins

Encuentro Guadalupe Antiresort

Mexico

by: Georgia Hopkins

  • Why

    Quick getaway from LA.

  • When

    October 2014.

  • Who

    My Canadian roadtripping companion.

Highs + Lows

  • Innovative architecture and impactful interior design.

  • Admirable design philosophy: to not interfere directly with the land and to respect nature in every possible way.

  • Impressive eco credentials: sustainable eco-lofts built using wood and Corten stell, which changes color, hence allowing the structures to blend seamlessly into the surrounds. Eco-lofts were elevated into place, to avoid contact with the soil, hence protecting natural surrounds.

  • Staff: support local villages and communities by only hiring local staff.

  • Service: the most genuinely warm and friendly service we have ever encountered anywhere.

  • Proximity to Michelin star restaurants.

  • Too many amazing places nearby to visit, too little time.

: 50/50
  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Important Bits

  • Type

    “Anti-resort:” eco-design meets wine country luxe.

  • Vibe

    Friendly, eco-conscious design and nature-driven vibes.

  • Location

    Off the grid if you want it to be…but also close enough to endless wining and dining opportunities, if you are in the mood.

  • Rooms

    20 freestanding eco-lofts, 1 residential eco-villa.

  • Music

    Yes. Perfect background tunes.

  • Year Opened

    2012

  • Designed By

    Graciastudio

  • Pool/Gym

    Pool, yes. Gym, no.

  • Restaurant

    Yes - Origen.

  • Bar

    Yes. Lobby bar, pool bar, and wine cellar/tasting room.

  • Minibar

    Yes. A lovely little curated offering. Nuts and olives and wine and crackers. All local.

  • Wifi

    Yes – throughout the property.

  • Children

    Leave them behind. It’s a couples thing (or big group – rent out the whole place!).

  • Price

    Totally worth it.

In the Area

Finca Altozano (super laid back), Laja, and Corazon de Tierra (a more fancy 7-course dining option).

Lazy, long lunches and dinners at our 3 favorites

Carretera Tecate - Ensenada Km 83, Ejido Francisco Zarco, Valle de Guadalupe, 22750 Ensenada, B.C., Mexico

Finca Altozano (super laid back), Laja, and Corazon de Tierra (a more fancy 7-course dining option).

It’s worth the 40 minute drive to Ensenada to try some of Mexico’s best street food. The ceviche and tostadas at this little street cart will blow your mind.

La Guerrerense

22800, Av Adolfo López Mateos 998, Zona Centro, Ensenada, B.C., Mexico

It’s worth the 40 minute drive to Ensenada to try some of Mexico’s best street food. The ceviche and tostadas at this little street cart will blow your mind.

Taste their wines and take home a bottle (or 12) of their 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Visit Vena Cava - the cellar door at Corazon de Tierra

Rancho San Marcos S/N, El Porvenir, 22750 Ensenada, B.C., Mexico

Taste their wines and take home a bottle (or 12) of their 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Encuentro Guadalupe Antiresort

Carretera Tecate-Ensenada Km 75, Valle de Guadalupe, 22750 Ensenada, B.C., Mexico

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