Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Interior spaces

High on the Hill: Hotel Endemico, Mexico

Staggered among boulders on a secluded hill in the wine-growing region of Valle de Guadalupe, the luxury cabins of Hotel Endemico introduce guests to the stark wilderness of the great outdoors. 

Blending seamlessly with the surrounding landscape, the expansive views of the mountains and fertile wine-growing soils are given pride of place. Endémico, Spanish for endemic (meaning native to a specific region or environment) was designed to highlight the isolation of the desert and to accentuate the area’s indigenous spirituality – something the owners Carlos Couturier and Moisés Micha were drawn to.

 Situated just one and a half hours from San Diego, California, this unique landscape is home to some of Mexico’s largest wineries and offers a blend of Mexican culture and artisanal activity. To complement the hotel’s location, the property was designed by a hand-selected local team, who worked in collaboration with Gracia Studio in ensuring the spaces felt entirely connected to their surroundings.

Each of the 20 luxury cabins has unobstructed views of the valley. On the private wooden terraces, guests can sit under a blanket of stars and sip regional wines while being warmed by a roaring fire.  From the pool, guests can soak up the calming solitude, while gazing out over the vast expanse.  And although the location is remote, the onsite restaurant and bar ensure every comfort is met.

Minimal and understated the cabins may seem, modern comforts and deluxe touches have not been overlooked.   With a monochromatic interior design scheme and a stylish selection of furnishings, the cabins provide a comfortable, uncomplicated retreat.

Anthony Spon-Smith