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It's much more fun to wear yourself out when you've got a bungalow like this to crash in.     Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Escondido

A Hideaway in the Mexican Surf

Before work beats you down, escape to Oaxaca for vibrant parties, famous waves, and this beautiful beach refuge.

For an off-the-beaten-path surfing sojourn, it doesn’t get much better than Hotel Escondido, a luxury hideaway in the lively Oaxaca port town of Puerto Escondido.

  Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Escondido

Opened in 2013 by Grupo Habita—Mexico’s answer to the hipper-than-thou Ace Hotel chain—this rustic surf lodge sits on a private patch of cacti-lined beach skimming the Pacific Ocean. You’re staying in one of 16 thatched-roof bungalows, each decked out with a king or queen-size bed, simple yet chic décor, and a private plunge pool.

  Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Escondido

During the day, attempt to tame the famous Mexican Pipeline, which breaks—epically—at Zicatela Beach. At night, hit the bars and clubs of El Adoquin, a commercial node that’s pedestrian-only come evening. When you’re officially reeling from all that mezcal (the official drink of Oaxaca), take a 15-minute taxi ride back to your cabana at the hotel.

  Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Escondido

Other highlights on the property include a 50-meter infinity pool overlooking the ocean, a basement lounge where guests can play DJ, and a superb restaurant cooking up local treats such as moles and whole roasted fish. There’s a spa, too, which your wave-battered body will certainly appreciate.

The Details: Room rates currently range from $270 to $395 per night.

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