Oaxaca, Mexico

Casa Tortugas


Thatch made in heaven


Wild Oaxacan coastline





With several standalone beachfront dwellings peeking out through clusters of palms along Oaxaca’s coast – all thatched with woven-fronds – Casa Tortugas is more luxury village than villa, with a lagoon-style pool that stretches out languidly in front and vast tropical gardens feature lush jungly plantings threaded with stone paths, serpentine streams, decorative pools, and some hidden critters (carved ones, that is, but do keep your eyes peeled…). Native, natural materials have been used in crafting a fashionable rustic stay that feels luxurious yet at home in its surroundings, with bedrooms open to ocean views, an abundance of hammocks and day-beds, a sauna, and a Jacuzzi well placed for star-gazing.

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First Glance

  • A collection of Balinese-style thatch-roofed villas with soaring ceilings and views of the Pacific Ocean, decked out with a Mexican-rustic look using natural materials (coconut husk, woven palm fronds, stone, Oaxacan ceramics and textiles). With bamboo hanging from the ceilings, sculptural furnishings, rugged walls, deep white couches, and iron chandeliers, this is a very elegant take on traditional Oaxacan style.
  • 800sq m in size.
  • Indoor-outdoor palapa-style living space with a sitting area, dining table, traditional woven-palm-frond ceilings, decked wooden flooring and open walls to maximise the sea views.
  • Home cinema room with a large TV, squishy day-bed-style sofas and a bar area.
  • A full kitchen with high palapa-style woven-palm-frond ceilings, a breakfast bar and windows all around, offering views of the dining area and pool and out to the beach. You might not use it though, because a personal chef is included in the villa rate to cook your free daily breakfasts (and other meals for a charge).
  • A second kitchen.
  • Bar.
  • Sauna and gym with running and step machines, elliptical, fly-bar, bike, and weight bench.
  • Laundry room (for staff use only).

Villa highlights

  • Rustic-luxe styling
  • Exclusive beachfront property
  • Scenic indoor-outdoor living

Sleeping arrangements

  • Sleeps up to 11 guests in five bedrooms.
  • Decorated with Oaxaca’s traditional woven, naturally dyed rugs.
  • The 55sq m master suite is set in its own thatch-roofed cabana open to the view, with a furnished private terrace and direct access to the pool and beach. It has a king-size bed, five ceiling fans throughout, and an ensuite bathroom with a bath tub and walk-in rainfall shower.
  • Bedroom two, set next to the master bedroom and across the patio from the living-dining space, is 55sq m and has a king-size bed, four ceiling fans, and a feature bathroom with a walk-in rainfall shower and sunken bath tub with a palm-crowded view.
  • Bedroom three (30sq m) is set in a standalone cabana open to the view and has a private terrace with an alfresco lounge and hammocks and direct beach access. Within there’s a king-size bed, three ceiling fans and an ensuite bathroom with a walk-in rainfall shower.
  • Bedroom four (30sq m) is set in a standalone cabana open to the view and has a private terrace with an alfresco lounge and hammocks and direct beach access. Within there’s a king-size bed, three ceiling fans and an ensuite bathroom with a walk-in rainfall shower.
  • Bedroom five (35sq m) is best for children (although adults can sleep here too). Set in the main house, it has a living space with a sofa, large wooden table and TV, plus three single beds, several ceiling fans and an ensuite bathroom with a walk-in rainfall shower.
  • If you would like extra air-conditioning, there are portable units for all rooms, which can be used at night, on request.

Key kit

  • Free WiFi
  • Air-conditioning in the gym
  • Portable air-conditioning units which can be set up in bedrooms at night on request
  • Free bottled water
  • Locally made organic bath products
  • Bath and beach towels
  • Daily continental breakfast (prepared for you by the chef); other meals are available for an extra charge
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Staffed with a chef, maids and security
  • House staff can do laundry for you on request
  • Unfortunately this villa is not wheelchair-accessible
  • This villa is child-friendly (although kids should be monitored while using the pool)
  • Pets are not allowed
  • Available to book all-year round
  • Check-in is at 4pm and check-out is 10am; both times are flexible subject to availability and on request


  • There’s a freeform, lagoon-style saltwater pool (50sq m) that wraps around the main villa with a stepped entrance and little islands with palms. On starry nights, you can bubble away in the built-in Jacuzzi as you spot constellations.
  • 10 sunloungers are laid out around the sides.


  • Casa Tortugas is spread over a string of traditional-style dwellings set steps from a semi-private beach, amid tropical greenery on a picturesque section of the Oaxacan coast. Pathways interconnect each standalone dwelling.
  • 1,500sq m of private grounds which are elegantly landscaped but keep a deep-in-the-jungle feel, with diverse flowering shrubs, tall palms, decorative emerald pools and meandering streamlets. To enhance this, there’s a number of playful sculptures scattered throughout too, including carved fish, starfish and hanging monkeys.
  • The beach on your doorstep is public, but can only be accessed by those in this residential enclave (which has security), so feels private. Take note that there’s no lifeguard on duty.
  • Several terraces and alfresco lounge spots with Pacific Ocean views, surrounded by lush plant life. Plus a secluded Balinese bed looking out to the water.
  • Day-beds on the sand and hammocks.
  • Parking for four cars.


  • The closest airport is Puerto Escondido International, a 25-minute drive away, which has direct links with Mexico City, Guadalajara and San Diego. Staff can help to arrange transfers (from US$60 one-way).
  • Small but lively beachside town, Punta Zicatela is about a 20-minute drive from the villa.
  • Port town Puerto Escondido, a 25-minute drive away, is popular for surfing, yoga and wellness, and has great food.

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