To Limit Their Eco Footprint, These Luxury Cabins Sit On Stilts

Tijuana’s Jorge Gracia designs freestanding hotel rooms with a modern edge.

An absurdly mild winter hasn’t stopped us from fantasizing about sun-drenched retreats. And Endémico Resguardo Silvestre, a sleek eco reserve in Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe, could be the ideal spot for waiting out the season. Elevated on steel stilts, the 20 one-room cabins, designed by the Tijuana architectural studio Jorge Gracia, dot a craggy hillside overlooking a scenic 40-acre winery.

"Part of the philosophy of the project is to respect nature in every possible way," the architects write. That may mean sacrificing a little space (each "EcoLoft" is a mere 200 square feet) if not basic comfort: The spare, ultramodern rooms have a private terrace and an outdoor clay fireplace. The main objective is to serve up a generous helping of nature along with a dollop of luxury—guests also have access to a dramatic pool and a restaurant supervised by the Culinary Arts School of Tijuana. A couple of nights here, and you may lulled into wondering, "What global warming?"

Doubles start at $200.

Photos by Luis Garcia.

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  • Ah

    We're all taking the notion of footprint way too literally! Just because these cabins are slightly above the ground, doesn't mean they don't use toxic plastics, paint, require metal to be extracted from the Earth and trees to be turned into lumber. I would even take into account the actual location (up on a mountain slope) to cause even more pollution and damage during construction. 

    Anyways, I can go on.. 

    Don't be fooled by simple marketing tactics...