Valle de Guadalupe: Encuentro Guadalupe
The Hotel Endémico located in the Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, is just about a 90 minute drive south of the San Ysidro border. The hotel is designed by Jorge Gracia of GraciaStudio, and is a part of the Mexican Hotel Grupo Habita. Hotel Endemico is made up of 20 individual Eco-Lofts, that sit on steel stilts up into the hillside. They are each built above the ground, so that they will not disturb the soil, or nature in any way. As soon as we approached the property, our eyes were automatically drawn up into the hillside at these beautifully constructed lofts. My mind was blown, and this was before I even set my eyes on the scenery from our space. The minimalist design of each eco-loft is just stunning. The tone for the interiors of the mini cabin are set by the stark white walls, and crisp bed linens. Each room houses a king sized bed, bathroom, and a table and chairs. Each eco-loft also comes with its own individual patio terrace with a table, chairs, and a clay kiva.
There is a short drive up from the lobby up to the loft that you will be staying in, which is provided by the hotel's staff. As you make the whole 2 minute drive, you will notice their pool, jacuzzi, and restaurant that is tucked away into its own area of the hillside as well. In all honesty, you never have to leave the property during your stay, everything that you may need is provided, even WIFI.
The ideal welcome was grabbing a glass of wine out of the bottle from their own vineyards, which you will find as soon as you enter your eco- loft. Put down your luggage immediately, and sit down at your own private terrace area. The views are just breath taking. We found ourselves in silence, just taking in the sounds of nature, and watching the sun begin to set over the hillside.
I am sitting here reliving every moment as I type this. The feeling of serenity that overcomes you, is worth the experience all on its own. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, or just time away from the normal routine, Hotel Endemico is awaiting your arrival.
ENDÉMICO Ctra. Tecate-Ensenada, km 75 Valle de Guadalupe Ensenada, Baja California
Special thanks: Bill Esparza for the invitation, and to the hotel's staff who were so friendly and helpful in every way.