Endémico Baja California Hotel, Mexico by Grupo Habita & Gracia Studio

A mere ninety minutes from San Diego, California, Endémico is a modern luxury boutique hotel dotting a mountainside in the Mexican wine-growing region of Valle de Guadalupe, a cultured melting pot area of Baja California. Envisioned by owners Carlos Couturier and Moisés Micha of the hotel company Grupo Habita, whose aim is to “build on environmental, social, economical and cultural level,” and in collaboration with architects Gracia Studio and specially-chosen local design team, ensuring the indigenous desert elements were intentionally highlighted amongst the unexpected, contemporary structures.

Derived from the Spanish word “endemic,” meaning native to a specific region or environment, Endemico features 20 well-appointed, minimalist “EcoLofts” poised on steel stilts above the jutting boulders of the rural landscape. By design, these modular cabins minimally interfere with the grounds and soil below, and were built from Corten steel and wood which, in time, will weather to seamlessly blend with the natural surroundings of the ethereal panorama.

Just 20 square meters each, these accommodations manage to provide a luxurious feel with volume ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, king-sized platform beds, plush blankets and sleek, light-wood furnishings. White walls, some which slide and pivot to act as doors, and black trim add contrast to the space, while industrial-type pendants and sconces feature exposed, clear bulbs. Colors are a muted backdrop, allowing the unending, richly-hued valley views to become a prime focus. A private wooden terrace immediately off the bedroom features a Mexican clay kiva, perfect for burning warm fires while sipping local wines on a cool starry night.

On a separate plane of the mountain, a serene infinity pool sits offering guests relaxation and retreat, not to mention additional views of the expansive vineyards and vast mountain ranges. An on-property bar and restaurant cater to guests culinary and entertainment desires.

The modernly designed, enviro-chic Endémico flawlessly blends local culture with its organic surroundings, delivering an exceptional ambiance and memorable travel experience.

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