A Hideaway in the Mexican Surf

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

It's much more fun to wear yourself out when you've got a bungalow like this to crash in. (Courtesy of Hotel Escondido)
Oaxaca; Mexico; Hotel Escondido; Puerto Escondido; Pacific Ocean; mezcal; mole; Grupo Habita; El Adoquin; Mexican Pipeline; surf town; refuge; beach; base camp; escapes; outside magazine; outside online; chris clayton; Zicatela Beach; beach bungalow

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.

Oaxaca; Mexico; Hotel Escondido; Puerto Escondido; Pacific Ocean; mezcal; mole; Grupo Habita; El Adoquin; Mexican Pipeline; surf town; refuge; beach; base camp; escapes; outside magazine; outside online; chris clayton; Zicatela Beach; beach bungalow; surfboard
(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.

Oaxaca; Mexico; Hotel Escondido; Puerto Escondido; Pacific Ocean; mezcal; mole; Grupo Habita; El Adoquin; Mexican Pipeline; surf town; refuge; beach; base camp; escapes; outside magazine; outside online; chris clayton; Zicatela Beach; beach bungalow; surfboard
(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.

Oaxaca; Mexico; Hotel Escondido; Puerto Escondido; Pacific Ocean; mezcal; mole; Grupo Habita; El Adoquin; Mexican Pipeline; surf town; refuge; beach; base camp; escapes; outside magazine; outside online; chris clayton; Zicatela Beach; beach bungalow; surfboard
(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.

Filed To: Mexico
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