Hotel Escondido – Adult Only
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2014 Best of the Best Winner: Best Reward For The Travel Effort
- A soundproof underground nightclub so guests can revel until dawn
- Evening BBQs, poolside parties and beachfront bonfires
- Hotel activities include, but are not limited to, horseback riding, surfing, kayaking and motorcycling along the dunes
- Opened in December 2013
What To Know
- Children 16 and under are not permitted
- Arrive with a full tank: The remote location means exploring Puerto Escondido and the surrounding beach towns will guzzle gas
- Mind the turtles! Hotel Escondido shares a beachfront with sea turtle nests that are hard to spot at night
- Alcoholic drinks are not included
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Hotel Escondido’s modern take on the traditional Oaxacan beach hut ties in cleverly with the surrounding landscape: white beaches that back up into cactus fields, papaya farms and the emerald green Sierra Madre del Sur mountain range. Architect Federico Rivera Rio designed Hotel Escondido with all this local beauty in mind, installing walls that slide open to give guests both mountain and sea views. To every suite he added a generous terrace with bright orange hammocks and private plunge pools camouflaged by extravagant cactus gardens. And while Hotel Escondido’s spa, with its hot and cold plunge pools, the poolside lounge, the game room and the subterranean disco certainly add entertainment value, what commands most of the attention here is the undisturbed natural landscape.
Bed and Bath
Take a classic Oaxacan palapa (a palm thatch–roofed house) and marry it to a compact beach shack. Add tropical wood floors painted with colorful geometric patterns and walls that slide open to offer views of both the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Fill out the space with modern amenities and perks, such as flat-screen TVs, iPod docks and outdoor garden terraces with private plunge pools and mesh hammocks. Then link these guest bungalows to the sea via sandy paths through almost surreal cactus gardens, and you get Hotel Escondido’s living concept of back-to-basics luxury connected with modern design and natural assets.
Hotel Escondido is a diminutive Pacific coast paradise. A long garden separating the suites from the beach is so artfully pruned and curated it looks like a surrealist landscape. A giant cement pool buried in the sand parallel with the ocean is banked by a rollicking pool lounge with an open grill where lunches of local seafood are served to sunbathers. For those who need a break from the sun, Hotel Escondido’s spa has cold and hot plunge pools, massage rooms and the option for guests to arrange treatments in the privacy of their bungalows.
In the Area
Hotel Escondido isn’t exactly in the heart of Puerto Escondido. The resort is about a 30-minute drive north of such clean, deserted beaches as Playa Roca Blanca, where you’ll find a clutch of beachfront restaurants, including Restaurant Y Mariscos, whose owner is also a mezcal producer and fisherman. Leaving the resort and driving south for 30 minutes brings you to the town of Puerto Escondido, where you’ll find surfers, bars and popular taco places. Black Velvet Fish Taco & Beer, one of the busiest hangouts in town, is owned by French-born rocker chick Lihi Peretz. Her restaurant faces Playa Zicatela, where the biggest swells are and the best surfers congregate, party, surf and swap war stories. Also in the vicinity are a bevy of mangrove-cloaked lakes and lagoons, including Laguna de Manialtepec, which, due to the abundance of phosphorescent algae, glows electric blue and is fabulous for night swimming.
How to Get There
My wife and I decided to visit more beaches of Oaxaca. We decided to go to Puerto Escondido and chose the Hidden Hotel for being in a good place and belonging to a known hotel chain.
When making the reservation, I requested the transport Airport-Hotel-Airport. It is not cheap US $ 74.00.
When we arrived and leaving the exit door, there was a driver with my name already waiting.
I had read in the hotel comments about the lack of drinking water in the rooms, so I asked the driver to stop at a convenience store next to the airport exit. I bought several bottles of water and good I did it, because in effect, there is no drinking water inside the hotel rooms. You must ask for it and they just fill a small jug in the afternoons.
We drove about 20 minutes from the Airport until a terrace road exit. From there, another 20 minutes through plantations of papayas, mangoes, tabachines, etc., until arriving at the hotel. We checked in and they assigned us our palafito/palapa type room.
The room is fine. Spacious, with open wooden doors on both sides. Wooden floors, also. It has a terrace that has a splash pool, hammock and armchairs. I know it is a secluded place, but there is a poor or not at all internet service inside the rooms. During the 5 days we stayed, the internet at the room hardly worked at all. AC is not strong enough during the day. I liked the idea of having an “open” room all the time. I was not given a room “key” until the second day. Shower has good pressure and has an open ocean view. There is a small lamp to be used during nights when you move around the hotel area.
Also, worth noting there is very scarce mobile phone service. You get a weak signal at some places. You get a good signal at the beach!!! Internet service works the at the dining room, pool area and near the front desk. You are really disconnected from the world.
The hotel has all the commodities. From one side you see the Oaxacan green mountains. To the other, a very long sandy beach with almost nothing on sight. You go to this hotel to unwind all the senses. One at a time. The beach is unswimmable. Very high waves and a strong undertow. Never saw someone swimming or surfing.
The hotel has a large swimming pool and a very nice pool site, with bar, etc. I did not like that some guests took to the pool speakers to hear music. It was not loud, but it is uncomfortable listening other people’s music.
The food at the hotel is delicious. More than that. I think it is the best hotel food I have ever tried. I like Mexican food and eat everything. Everything was marvelous. Not a complain. I had prepaid breakfasts and dinners. Food and mezcal drinks, from straight mezcal with worm salt, to the mezcal cocktails, were excellent. Kudos for the chef and barman.
Service was also superb. Erik was very courteous and attentive, seeing our requirements in advance. My wife took some massages at the Spa, she was very happy. In all, service was good. The not so good tone was most of the ladies at the front desk. Except for Amairan (?) who was warm and welcoming, the rest seemed to dislike their jobs and just answering by the “script” and not beyond. They did help, but not very warm. Most of the explanations were: “this is how it is done here.”
One day I wanted to swim at the beach and located a local taxi service. I was recommended a beach called “Roca Blanca” (White Rock) which is about 10 minutes on the main highway. I called this local taxi and was surprised by the good service, car, prices and formality of the driver. We arrived at the beach which had some waves, but you could swim with no problem. We ended expending the whole afternoon there and eating at the local palapas. They also have good local artesanal mezcal. Vivianas´s palapa was the best. The driver arrived to pick us at the stipulated time with no complaints. I paid at the end of the ride. I ended hiring him one afternoon to go to Puerto Escondido town. Again, sharp and formal. His English is scarce, but he is highly recommended. I will write his info at the end.
At the end, this is what I think of the Hotel Escondido:
1. Location: Excellent
2. Food, delicious
3. Service, very friendly (except from most front desk ladies)
Things to improve:
1. Room Internet Service
2. Maintenance: some places need attention
3. Room Cleanness, more effort
4. Enough Drinking Water at rooms
5. Bugs inside room: perhaps a net over the bed
For a good taxi service, call Gilberto (Gil) Serrano:
Whatsapp: +52 954 138 1216 (since sign is weak, it is better to message using Whatsapp
Home: +52 954 596 4404
We decided to go on a mini honeymoon to Puerto Escondido and couldn't have chosen a better hotel! Everything about the hotel was exceptional! All the hotel staff was extremely friendly and always willing to help. We took a very early morning flight to fly into Puerto Escondido so ended up arriving to the hotel a few hours before check in but the staff did everything to make sure we were comfortable and happy while we waited for our room. From the very first meal to the last one everything was extremely delicious - definitely wished we had a bit longer to be able to try all the menu but that would mean staying forever as dinner is always changing! On our last night we even enjoyed a romantic dinner on the beach with a bonfire and that experience was one of a kind. The hotel is exactly if not better than in the photos you see online, you truly are in paradise in Hotel Escondido. The hotel design is beautiful and the rooms are the perfect size for you to feel as if you're in your own little beach. Will definitely be coming back sometime soon!
We had the most wonderful experience at Hotel Escondido! From the food to the people to the secluded location, it was everything we wanted for our relaxing vacation.
Location: The hotel is located about 40 minutes outside of town. If you are looking to spend a lot of time in town, this is maybe not the best hotel for you. For us, it was perfect! We traveled on a rural mountain highway about 25 minutes and then continue on a dirt road for another 15 minutes to get to the property.
- 16 palapas (rooms)
- plunge pool for each room
- infinity pool
- no kids (great for us)
Palapa: We were there in mid-May and while it was pretty warm, the ocean breeze kept us cool at night (also used the AC a bit). We kept our palapa pretty open day and night. The shower was amazing! It was a rain style head and had a view of the ocean. Loved our deck with the hammock and plunge pool.
Staff: All the staff were courteous and helpful. It was great talking with them about Oaxacan culture and learning about the area. Don Kecko at the security/welcome gate and Isabel at the Front Desk warmly greeted us upon our arrival. Ana, the Concierge, was super helpful in setting up all our activities. Armando, Alexander, Eddie and the rest of the staff in the restaurant were so friendly and offered great customer service.
Food: Best I've ever had in Mexico! So different than other areas. We had multiple meals there and everything was delicious and authentic.