In Mexico, sustainable tourism is all the rage – SURFACE

OaxacaThe transformation of the artisan-centric hotel shows no signs of slowing down. With understated interiors, bold flourishes and specialist amenities, properties such as Gem & Bolt’s atmospheric atmosphere Hotel Sin Number and the brutalist Flavie by Rootstudio blend the scene with idiosyncratic concepts. Then there’s the glow of Puerto Escondido.

The capital of surfing hosted the biomorphic villa of Grupo Habita Terrestrial Hotela stunning brick and clay structure designed by architect Alberto Kalach with a meditative bathing pool and a sculptural open-air hammam; Sforza House, another remarkable Kalach project for its 11 vaulted suites with tubular shapes that are as breathtaking as they are original; and the 12 pieces Escondido Oaxaca Hotelwhere studio Decada Muebles transformed a 19th-century home into a celebration of local craftsmanship with Sabino wood furniture and earth-toned ceramics.

The last to join the party is House TO. Like its counterparts, the property exudes a striking organic simplicity. Inspired by two historic water sites – the Byzantine-era Basilica Cistern beneath Istanbul and London’s Hornsey Wood Reservoir, a now-empty Victorian water reservoir in Finsbury Park – concrete specialist Ludwig Godefroy fashioned a cement sanctuary, of steel, clay and wood. The centerpiece is the infinity pool, whose rectilinear lines recall Le Corbusier, and the adjacent terraced solarium lined with daybeds.

Bespoke furniture sourced from regional carpenters, including bamboo pieces by Tiago Solís Van Beuren, and Mexican brand For All Folks products made from ancient herbs such as calendula are some of the standout touches that guests will find in the nine open-air suites. Hyper-eco features include a reusable water treatment plant, solar panels and a zero plastic policy. As with many newcomers to arrive in Oaxaca in recent years, Casa TO proves that style and durability don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

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