Ian O’Brien

Hotel Escondido

with Ian O’Brien www.izola.com
  • Where:Puerto Escondido

  • Why:A weekend getaway.

  • When:April 2014

  • Who:Me and a lady friend.

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Highs & Lows

  • The aesthetically pleasing and functional, smart design. The hotel’s layout is such that it always frames the massive waves, providing an impactful visual and auditory experience. Cacti surrounds. The colors blend seamlessly with the landscape. And one is always so, so comfortable.

  • They provide sombreros.

  • The food. Everything is very fresh and delicious. Breakfast of chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, fresh fruit, juice and coffee served in your bungalow. Ceviches, guacamole, and shrimp tacos throughout the afternoon, with frozen margaritas poolside. Fresh fish in the restaurant for dinner, followed by plenty of the house mezcal late into the night.

  • The pool… it’s dug into the beach.

  • Great gift shop and plenty of good reading material, in case you left your book at home.

  • The waves are too big and the current is too strong to enjoy swimming in the ocean. This is the Mexican pipeline after all.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 45/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    An isolated, low-key luxury, boutique hotel surrounded by nature.

  • Vibe

    Low-key luxury. You are lost in a nature meets luxury experience that is amenity rich, yet not distractingly so. A perfect combination of attentive service and complete isolation and privacy.

  • Location

    Located on a stretch of completely isolated beach, miles away from anything.

  • Rooms

    16 thatched roof beach bungalows, all identical.

  • Music

    I didn’t notice music in the restaurant/bar area. There is a “night club,” but it was closed while we were there. Every room is equipped with a Bose portable bluetooth speaker, which is a great touch because you can take it anywhere on the premises. Bring it to the restaurant/bar area after the kitchen closes to imbibe with newfound friends over a card game and mezcal.

  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    Grupo Habita. One of my favorite things about this hotel is how GH took inspiration from the natural landscape surrounding the hotel and humbly and tastefully incorporated it into the design of their hotel experience. It was authentic, well executed and, most importantly: made sense.

  • Pool/Gym

    Every bungalow has a private patio with a soaking pool for two. There is also a large, sunken pool on the beach next the hotel’s bar and restaurant. A very nice touch considering the waves here are so big (up to 18 ft.), swimming in the ocean is not very enjoyable. No gym.

  • Restaurant

    Delicious, but stick to the basics: fresh fish, shrimp tacos, ceviches.

  • Bar

    Great atmosphere and lighting at night. Puerto Escondido is in the heart of mezcal country and the hotel’s Mexican guests WILL remind you of this. Stick with tequila in the frozen margaritas, but it’s all about mezcal after dinner. Drink it straight. Drink the house bottle. And take it with orange slices and chili powder on the side. Don’t fall into a cactus patch on the walk back to your bungalow.

  • Minibar

    Moet, plenty of liquor, beer, sodas, coconut water, juices, sparkling water, chocolates, cigarettes, chips and snacks. No qualms here.

  • Wifi

    Only around the reception, bar, and restaurant, which was frustrating for only about two seconds. This is the type of place to disconnect entirely.

  • Children

    The safe environment would allow for kids to explore on their own, but this is the type of place you go to completely relax and unwind. Every bungalow only has one queen bed… it’s very romantic. I’d leave the kids at home if I were you….

  • Price

    Totally fair. Let’s just say, it’s easy to spend more in NYC in a single weekend.

Insane. The hotel will provide transportation to a lagoon as warm as a bath where you will swim at night in water filled with bioluminescent plankton. Your arms light up on each stroke.

The bioluminescent plankton!

San Pedro Mixtepec Distrito 22, Oax., Mexico

Insane. The hotel will provide transportation to a lagoon as warm as a bath where you will swim at night in water filled with bioluminescent plankton. Your arms light up on each stroke.

Hotel Escondido

Hotel Escondido, Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico

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