“As well as adding a real sense of drama, monolithic elements echo ancient Mesoamerican architecture…”
Completed in 2019, Casa Zapote is a wonderful piece of contemporary Mexican architecture set right on an idyllic stretch of the Oaxacan coastline. The luxury villa is characterised by a dramatic sense of scale, as well as integration into its scenic locale. Views stretch out to the virgin white sand beach and the wild Pacific Ocean, while maintaining a calming sense of seclusion behind the building’s monumental design. It affords both a superb feeling of openness to the sea and sky and at the same time provides the privacy to enjoy an unforgettable time with family and friends.
Since completing this spectacular beachfront villa, Anonymous Architects have garnered an impressive collection of awards for their work – and it’s not hard to see why. The villa has two main parts, the first is a large, high-ceilinged central common area that houses the lounge, dining area and bar under a cavernous 30-metre long palapa roofed with dried palm leaves. The second consists of two parallel sections which house the ocean-view bedrooms and is enclosed by a system of concrete walls.
Spread out over almost 1,300 square metres, there’s a wonderful sense of space while high walls provide a magnificent sense of privacy. As well as adding a sense of drama, monolithic elements also echo ancient Mesoamerican architecture – specifically the famous archaeological ruins of Mitla. Using regional craftsmanship techniques and local natural materials, they have also integrated the villa beautifully into its picturesque coastal surroundings.
Dominating the huge main patio, a 30m long swimming pool with heated jacuzzi is lined with tall palms and stretches down towards the white sandy beach. Poolside decks offer up cushioned sunbeds and a clam-shell lounger to flop on after a cooling dip. You’ll also find hammocks hung under dappled shade, and even a pair of swings where you can sway in the breeze while contemplating the magnificent scene. For entertainment, there’s also a games room with widescreen TV. Scattered around the property, too, you’ll find some fabulous examples of Mexican sculpture, wood carvings and objects from traditional village life.
Each of the six main bedrooms has its own ensuite bathroom with premium L’Occitaine toiletries and two showers – indoors and out. Private terraces also feature the likes of hammocks, ocean views and direct access to the gorgeous beach. Each room comes with one king bed or two queen beds, while some add walk-in wardrobes.
An additional bunk room sleeps a further four guests in two sets of bunks.