A couple of weeks ago, I flew to Mexico and decided to visit the beach of Puerto Escondido, in Oaxaca State. While a direct flight was available, Ruy and I decided to drive all the way there, as we would stop for a day in Oaxaca, the capital of the state. The long trip was worth it: the scenery transitioned from high mountains full of cacti and forests, to hundreds of palm and banana trees. About 40 minutes away from the actual Puerto Escondido beach, we found our way to the private Hotel Escondido.
Upon arrival, the whole experience led us to believe we could indeed spend several months here. The 16 bungalows are smartly designed, accommodating you with all your basic needs, in a polished and minimalistic way. All of the walls are made of wood, and the doors slide like many Japanese houses opening outwards to an astonishing Mexican landscape.
After our first delicious dinner with fresh fish and steak with mole, the real Mexican food became part of the adventure as well. The fruit tasted as sweet as you could imagine if lost in the jungle. Ceviche, guacamole and coconuts were available to us at every break from reading in the hammock or swimming in the infinity pool.
We quickly adapted to the routine of listening to the waves crashing and admiring each sunset, the walks at sunrise and taking shelter under the umbrella when the sun became too hot. Everyday we had the chance to talk with the hotel guests and understand their lives there.
By the end of the stay, we reached a point of relaxation, solitude, and deep satisfaction that you felt as a kid. We did not need to go out of the resort at all, and I even wondered what it would be like to stay there for many, many more weeks.
I hope these pictures are worthy enough for you to fully comprehend this unforgettable experience.
Photos by Ruy Sanchez