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
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.
Hotel Escondido counts 16 bungalows 50 meters from a roaring ocean. Perfect spot to get away from the chaos of everyday life. The restaurant serves fresh healthy options. Staff is polite and attentive. You will love it here.