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Hotel Terrestre: A Solar Powered, Open-Air Hotel in Puerto Escondido

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Hotel Terrestre: A Solar Powered, Open-Air Hotel in Puerto Escondido

May 8, 2024

At Hotel Terrestre in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, the architecture is stripped to basic elements: local brick, pools of water for plunging, bedrooms open to the air, and verandas situated to face the sun. In fact, the hotel is 100 percent solar powered—and guests, too, are encouraged to unplug: to “disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature, synchronizing their day with the cycle of the sun,” as the site says.

Designed by architect Alberto Kalach and Taller de Arquitectura X (TAX), with interiors by Fernanda Romandia and Diana Backal, each structure is designed to further connection with “water, flora, light, and air.”

Take a look:

Photography by Andrea David courtesy of Grupo Habita, except where noted.

hotel terrestre, situated &#8\2\20;between the ocean and mountains&#8\2 17
Above: Hotel Terrestre, situated “between the ocean and mountains”, is made up of an open-air restaurant, a round communal pool, a long swimming lane, a spa, and fourteen villas, each with a private pool.
&#8\2\20;the property features cooling methods achieved through innovative  18
Above: The property features cooling methods achieved through innovative building techniques rather than through air conditioning,” including plenty of open-air passageways.
the material palette—clay, concrete, brick, wood, and sand—is &am 19
Above: The material palette—clay, concrete, brick, wood, and sand—is “sourced from within one kilometer of the hotel or created on property,” according to Design Hotels.
an open air bedroom. inside the villas, inside merges with outside &#8\2\20 20
Above: An open-air bedroom. Inside the villas, inside merges with outside “through a series of slatted wooden doors and windows that open to lush private gardens and terraces, while framing the breathtaking mountain views,” according to Hotel Terrestre. Photograph by Fabian Martínez.
paperbacks for reading by the pool (or in the hammock). 21
Above: Paperbacks for reading by the pool (or in the hammock).
the interior furniture is by mexican architect and designer oscar hagerman. 22
Above: The interior furniture is by Mexican architect and designer Oscar Hagerman.
each villa also has an al fresco (and entirely private) &#8\2\20;outdoor ba 23
Above: Each villa also has an al fresco (and entirely private) “outdoor bathroom” and a terrace “equipped with hammocks, lounge areas, and a private pool that stretches out towards the Pacific Ocean.” Although unplugging is encouraged, each villa does have access to wifi and a portable speaker. Photograph by Fabian Martínez.
a glimpse of the communal pool. 24
Above: A glimpse of the communal pool.
and lap pool rises up out of the sand. 25
Above: And lap pool rises up out of the sand.
lounge spaces are tucked amongst the natural flora. 26
Above: Lounge spaces are tucked amongst the natural flora.
the open air bar and restaurant features sand floors&#8\230; 27
Above: The open-air bar and restaurant features sand floors…
&#8\230;and no walls 28
Above: …and no walls

Above: Sand, water, flora, disco ball.

the hexagonal brick spa offers &#8\2\20;four different ways to experience w 31
Above: The hexagonal brick spa offers “four different ways to experience water: hot, tepid, cold, and steam baths.”
for more info and to book, head to hotel terrestre. 32
Above: For more info and to book, head to Hotel Terrestre.

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