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
Had the best experience and meals at this hotel. Highly recommend this to anyone traveling to Puerto Escondido. Each room has a private pool which is amazing and great for relaxing and privacy. I really enjoyed this place. It’s the best!!!!
I did not know much about Puerto Escondido or this hotel, but it was one of the best places I have ever been. It's around 40 minutes from the airport and you have to drive down a very rustic road (avoid getting in at night). From the moment we arrived we experienced great service and our little palapa was cozy and well designed. The wait staff is very attentive and the drinks and food are fine dining caliber. We really enjoyed all the mezcal cocktails (margarita and paloma were favorites), Mexican wine, and range of Oaxacan mezcal. Every night we ordered every special and were blown away with how fresh and innovative each dish was. The beach and infinity pool are gorgeous (especially as the sun is setting). The hotel beach was a bit too rough to swim, but we took a surf lesson that the hotel arranged one day at a beach in town and it was so fun. Awesome spot for couples looking to get away from reality.
Upon landing in Puerto Escondido be prepared for about a 40-minute taxi ride to the hotel, you will not be disappointed. The area is secluded and fantastic. Arrival was a breeze as our luggage was taken to our casita while we were checking in. This hotel is very peaceful if you are looking for a loud, active nightlife this man not be the place for you. The housing staff was very attentive to our needs. The restaurant staff, especially Erick and Arnie, went above and beyond in taking care of us. They did an excellent job of telling us about dishes and drinks we might like to try, and they did not disappoint us. We really liked enjoyed the mezcal with Jamaica. The casitas are incredibly private with lounge chairs, a private pool, and hammock. If you would rather be on the beach, there were lounge chairs with umbrellas and palapas available. We felt like we were on a private beach. There is a larger pool with a bar and places to sit for conversation and relaxation also.
We loved this hotel!
This resort would be special on its merits, but its out of the way location also makes it feel off the beaten trail and therefore special in today's marketplace of cookie cutter resorts. The standalone rooms are very location-sensitive but still luxurious, not skimping on anything. And don't miss the amazing bio-luminescence bay tour, one of the very few in the world where you can actually still swim in these magical waters. The great staff work to make you feel at home, and they succeeded.
Dear Etienne and the whole team at Hotel Escondido: Thank you for everything. We appreciate your efforts while staying at Hotel Escondido. We felt really welcomed - the hotel is a wonderful hidden getaway and everyone there was really helpful and accommodating to our needs. Antonio and Aries pampered us at the restaurant which exceeded our expectations - especially for a small boutique hotel like yours. We're happy to come back one day. All the best for and your team!