You know those idyllic rolling vineyard landscapes you see in the movies? Now, picture yourself surrounded by those luscious fields, taking a romantic stroll, riding your bike or watching the sun gently set, all with a glass of wine in hand. Let us make it even easier for you with a trip closer than a flight over to France or Italy.
Baja California’s Valle de Guadalupe is the largest wine-producing region in Mexico. Tourism is thriving in the area, which charms visitors not only with its famous wineries, but also its succulent cuisine and gorgeous hotels nestled among the vineyards. Here are some of the loveliest boutique hotels in Valle de Guadalupe.
Hotel Boutique Valle de Guadalupe
This modern and refined hotel is a perfect place to shake up your routine by linking up with one of the many activities offered, learning about the world of wine and enjoying a bit of R&R. A great place to start is the hotel pool, an authentic oasis surrounded by palm trees and sun loungers, beckoning you to bask in the sun or just unwind in the shade. The hotel also features a spa, an organic garden and stables.
An oasis in the Valle de Guadalupe desert
The colorful bedrooms are elegantly furnished with decorative touches that pay tribute to the world of wine. The versatile rooms can be configured for any group size, from standard rooms to two-story family-sized suites, some of which have two bathrooms.
The hotel’s restaurant proudly serves authentic local cuisine, showcasing Baja California’s star products, such as artisanal cheeses, fish, seafood and organic meats from local farms. Make sure to leave some time to enjoy the spectacular panoramic view from the terrace while you sip on some of the region’s best wines.
This hotel is a favorite of sustainable design lovers. Casa Mayoral is a group of luxury bungalows crafted following principles of innovative lighting, ventilation and renewable resources. The spacious adobe bungalows feature wood furniture handcrafted by the hotel’s creators.
Go green by staying at this sustainable hotel
The dining experience is also key at Casa Mayoral: every morning the owners prepare a delicious complimentary breakfast. The onsite chef is a master of his trade, creating signature dishes crafted to marry well with some of the local wine varieties. His specialty is Argentinean-style steak barbeques. We recommend grabbing one of the hotel’s bicycles and exploring the surrounding vineyards. Find a spot you like and settle in to enjoy the sunset.
If you want to feel like the guest of honor at a traditional winery manor, stay a few days at Hacienda Guadalupe. The rooms are veritable sanctuaries, where you can sink into inviting white-linen beds and pamper yourself with luxury bath products. All rooms have views of the hotel’s vineyards, where Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tempranillo grape varieties are lovingly cultivated.
After a few days at the Hacienda, you can’t help but become a bit of a wine expert.
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Hacienda Guadalupe’s restaurant offers one of the most sought-after dining experiences in the area. The restaurant is especially known for its breakfasts and brunches featuring ranchero omelets, chilaquiles and French toast spilling over with berries. The restaurant’s wine cellar holds up to 1,200 bottles from over 150 small and mid-size Baja California wineries. Take home a few affordably-priced bottles to give as gifts or to enjoy yourself.
This hotel marked a “before” and an “after” in the region’s development. Encuentro Guadalupe, formerly called Hotel Endémico, was among the first to bring Valle de Guadalupe to the global tourism stage. The hotel’s eco-cabins are built on raised platforms so as to respect the sacred grape-growing land. At night, they seem to float in the star-studded sky.
Float on air in these luxury cabins
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While the chic and minimalist rooms feature only the bare necessities, all elements are design-forward and of the highest quality. The white palette soothes the nerves and helps guests focus on the real beauty at hand: the vineyard landscape surrounding them in all directions. In addition to the individual cabins, the hotel features several common areas where groups of friends can gather. The hotel terrace boasts a large tasting room and an original pool overlooking the spectacular valley below.
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What to do in Valle de Guadalupe
- Tour the wine country, with its over 80 wineries, which produce 90% of Mexico’s labels. After guided tours through the fertile fields, demonstrations of the wine-making process and, of course, tastings of several different wine varieties, you will practically be an expert in the region’s wines.
- Visit the Museo de la Vid y el Vino (Vine and Wine Museum), which showcases the history of wine in Baja California, from the arrival of the first Spanish missionaries, who came bearing vine stocks from the Old World.
- Soar high above the vineyards in a hot air balloon or helicopter.
- Pamper yourself at the Spa Viníphera, specialized in vinotherapy and the use of local products, such as grape seeds, olive oil and lavender.
- Attend one of the wine harvest festivals held in August, complete with concerts, the traditional grape stomping and paella contests.
Original text from trivago magazine Mexico by María José Bricio. Feature photo of Hacienda Guadalupe via trivago.