In 1999 we left Canada to begin a simpler life as “innkeepers” in a tropical climate. After five months exploring Mexico’s Pacific Coast, we discovered the perfect location in a place that no one can pronounce – Huatulco, Oaxaca (Wha-TOOL-co, Wha-HA-ca).
This is a relatively new eco-resort, consisting of 9 pristine bays and 36 beaches, with modern infrastructure, such as paved palm line streets.
With our six pages of criteria, the architect gave us a brilliant design in the “Mexican Pacific Coast Style”. This movement strives to integrate architecture with nature, using natural materials such a stone, clay, wood, palapa, and water.
We wanted each guestroom to have privacy, and with a hillside property, this was achieved by placing each room on its own level. The guestrooms are decorated with handmade tile, pottery and textiles,along with an eclectic selection of original art.
People come here to enjoy the perfect Huatulco climate, so the outdoor space is as important as the interior one. Each guestroom has a spacious ocean view terraza with palapa cover, hammock and other seating.
The Pacific coast is not known for its sunrises, but overlooking an inlet, we enjoy spectacular sunrises over Conejos bay each morning – with the added advantage of the terrazas being shaded from the more aggressive afternoon sun. Aside from the view of Tejoncito cove, my favorite element of the villa is the water feature, with five huge stepping stones that form our entrance.
A few years ago we were fortunate to be included in a piece on CNN.com Mexico’s 10 Best Seaside Hideaways.
We serve a healthy breakfast in “barefoot elegance”, under a 30 foot domed palapa. This consists of several fresh tropical fruits, bread, “pan dulces”, home made scones or muffins, granola with milk and yogurt, fresh squeezed juice and coffee or tea. Rick and I operate a B&B because we like meeting a diversity of people, and during breakfast, we enjoy lively conversations with our guests. Of course, we understand not everyone is a morning person, and respect your wish to be left on your own if that is your preference.
We are only a 10 minute taxi ride from the town center, but if you don’t feel like moving, we have an arrangement with several restaurants to deliver for a small fee.
We highly recommend renting a “panga” to discover several of Huatulco’s virgin beaches, but it is not entirely necessary. There is a beautiful virgin beach about a 10 minute walk from Agua Azul la Villa, over a hill and through a path in the forest. In spite of the fact that we are in a developed upscale residential neighborhood, there is rarely another soul on this beach. If you are really fortunate, you may see turtle tracks and the nests where they have laid their eggs. To help make this a perfect experience, we have umbrellas to take to this beach, and can even supply a cooler for a picnic.
If you’re looking for a perfect oceanside paradise, come stay with us at Agua Azul B&B!