Huatulco Life was inspired by people with a passion for Huatulco and the Mexican lifestyle. It is a place to find out more information about the region and enjoy the beauty of the Oaxacan coastline through the photo gallery. From time to time, other interesting tidbits about Mexico make their way into the pages of this blog. Enjoy!

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Cool Casas of Huatulco

The original post is by Resort Real Estate Services on December 28, 2011

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 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 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...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Oaxaca Top Ten

The original blog is from The Mexico Report and has been reposted here with credit
Written and submitted by Michael S. Lewis
Traveling in Oaxaca gave us yet another reason to love Mexico. The state offers beautiful mountains, high deserts, amazing beaches and bays on the Pacific Ocean, small towns filled with incredible artists and a vibrant capital city that has something for everyone.
Singing the praises of Oaxaca could fill up a book, so I would like to offer our Top Ten list of things about Oaxaca.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

El Alquimista

Picture a hidden Pacific coast paradise with cabañas that have views of the sea.  The thatched roofs blowing in the trade winds while you lay in your hammock.  You have now arrived at El Alquimista.

Nestled on the west end of Playa Zipolite, El Alquimista is a little of the beaten path, but not much.  Keep your eyes peeled for their sign as it can be easy to miss.  Once you arrive at their secluded location tucked between a rocky point to the west and another rocky headland on the east, you will definitely feel like you have finally found paradise.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to everyone who follows the Huatulco Life blog...thank you for your support!

We wish you all the best during the season and hope that 2012 is filled with exciting travel, new relationships, and all the success you deserve.

Feliz Navidad y Feliz Año Nuevo!

Gracias a todos.

Huatulco Life.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Street Tacos Huatulco Style

The street taco scene is alive and well in Huatulco and there are many options at many different price points.  However, one of my favorites is Arturo and Ema's "back seat tacos".

If you are looking for them just go down to Santa Cruz and look for their red wagon.  It's generally parked in the exact same spot each morning, with the rear hatch wide open and full of delicious tacos. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

HWY 200 Expansion to Huatulco Showing Promise

The news from the front line down here in Huatulco shows the HWY 200 twinning growing by leaps and bounds.

These photos are only about two hours old at the time of posting and as you can see, there is some significant progress going on with the twinning of HWY 200 from Huatulco International Airport into the Bays of Huatulco. 

Friday, December 9, 2011

Beautiful Beaches of Huatulco

One of the great things about Huatulco is its geography...the imposing Sierra Madre del Sur provides a spectacular backdrop to the 9 bays of Huatulco.  What makes the geography interesting is that the mountains literally fall into the Pacific Ocean thereby creating the abundance of secluded bays.   Most of the information you will find online or in print indicates that there are 36 beaches within those 9 bays.  Well, in fact, we have identified 46 beaches that all have names!