Villa Escondida - La Bocana
This Cool Casa is located in La Bocana at the eastern end of the Bays of Huatulco and is home to one of the better surf beaches in the area. Flanked on the east by the Copalita River, Villa Escondida is a beachfront property on Playa La Bocana and, as the name suggests, it's a hidden oasis behind the beautiful wood and iron studded entryway.
Once you make your way through the gate you are greeted by beautiful foliage which adorns the walls of this villa. Nature is brought inside, creating a synergy with it's environment. And it gets even cooler from here...as you enter the main house a beautiful reflecting pool and "floating" walkway lead your eye to the ocean beyond. This dramatic feature is accented by an open air ceiling exposing the tropical skies above. What happens when it rains? Huatulco is very fortunate in that we receive virtually no rain during the winter months. But, occassionaly when the skies do open up in the summer months, the Spanish tile that frames the reflecting pool from above is designed to drain directly in the the pool area. It makes for a dramatic natural water feature during the summer.
No cool Mexican casa would be complete without the use of stone. Beautiful cantera flooring is found throughout the home and provides an authenticity and rustic elegance that is in keeping with the Spanish colonial-style architecture. Even the beautiful columns are made from cantera! Off-setting these neutral tones is the more textured stonework lining the stairway to the second level. This same stone work can be found gracing some of the exterior walls to the villa and marries up the design principals of bringing the outside in. Careful attention to detail abounds in this home. Large picture windows were added to the second level exterior wall so as to provide a view to the sea from two of the three bedrooms found on this floor.
As you pass into the main living area you are greeted with spectacular ocean views across the main terrace and an abundance of natural light in the living room, dining room, and bar area. The open plan encourages large gatherings with friends and family, and since the temperatures in Huatulco are predominately in the low 30's C, the beautifully crafted wooden doors can remain wide open to the natural elements.
No detail has gone unnoticed. The square dining table that seats up to 8 people encourages conversation while taking in the tranquil setting of the ocean as a backdrop. Right down to the selection of plates and cutlery, design synergy is always at the forefront, and the Spanish-Mexican influence is very present. Even the furnishings, both exterior and interior, reflect the designer's vision in harmonizing the carefully selected elements with the overall architecture. From the woven baskets, pillows, pottery, art, and embroidered beach towels, every detail seamlessly blends together.
And since the owners and guests spend a great deal of time outside, one of the coolest parts of this villa is the terrace and pool area. The cantera floor carries to the outside creating a transition from indoor living to outdoor living. And once you are outside you can choose between two terraces. For quick access from the outdoor sofa, two lounge chairs await on the main terrace. If more privacy is desired, you can always try out the secondary terrace that hangs out over the beach...a unique position indeed!
And since hanging out in the sun all day can really work up an appetite and thirst, one of the coolest features of Villa Escondida is the Escondida Bar. It is fully-stocked with a grill and has direct beach access so you're never that far from a cold one. Take a reprieve from the sun or sit on the beach at one of the tables, it's your choice! Oh, and let's not forget about the massage room. Your bones will be aching after a day of surfing so a relaxing massage is definitely in order.
As you can imagine, the four bedrooms at Villa Escondida are just as cool as the rest of the home. Three of the four bedrooms offer private terraces with sitting areas to enjoy that early evening glass of wine, or relax with a good book. Well-appointed, comfortable and complete with a mini fridge in each room, what more could you ask for!
Not surprisingly, the master suite is the showcase bedroom and features dramatic ocean views, an open double shower with pebbled floor, double onyx vessel sinks, even a secure lock-up storage area within the master closet. From the bed, the views run unobstructed as the bathroom area was intentionally sunken so the countertops would not impeded the views...how cool is that!
If you are not quite ready to retire to the sheets yet, then a trip to the expansive roof top terrace is a must. This is a fantastic location to watch the sun fade into the mountains, or catch the last light on the surf below. Don't forget that cold margarita! And if you happen to be a guest at Villa Escondida, a romantic dinner from this lookout and a nice bottle of wine is a great experience. Oh, and did I mention you should bring that unfinished bottle of wine to the hot tub after to watch the stars?
I could go on and on about this beautiful place but, to truly appreciate it, you will have to come and see if for yourself. The good news is that you can rent this villa for your next vacation! And once you have stayed here and fallen in love with Villa Escondida, you can now make it your own. It is listed for sale exclusively with Resort Real Estate Services...http://www.rrestateservices.com/prop_display_sales.php?id_prop=38