Mexico has no shortage of beautiful resort destinations, from Los Cabos to Punta Mita and beyond, but it often takes venturing to some of the country’s more remote spots to really connect with its culture and traditions. Now, a new hotel is making it easier to do just that—without sacrificing luxury and style. Nestled within the Valley of Xaaga (the Valley of Silence), an hour from the city of Oaxaca in southern Mexico, Casa Silencio is a design-forward boutique hotel that celebrates Oaxaca with a focus on both artisan traditions and the spirit of mezcal.
Tasting excursions and distillery tours have always lured mezcal lovers to Oaxaca, but Casa Silencio is the first hotel in the region to combine spirits and luxury hospitality on the same grounds. Officially opened on September 15, and set on nine acres of agave-filled plains, Casa Silencio is both a hotel and working distillery for artisanal spirit brand Mezcal El Silencio, a sustainably made mezcal (and the largest mezcal purveyor in the US) that is made using revived ancient production methods.
The hotel is a collaboration between Mezcal El Silencio founders Vicente Cisneros and Fausto Zapata, and award-winning Mexican architect Alejandro D’Acosta. Together they’ve created a stunning modern retreat inspired by the whisky houses in the Scottish Highlands and the vineyard hotels in Napa and Spain that have managed to artfully marry hospitality and spirits.
“Oaxaca is so magical,” co-founder Cisneros tells Robb Report, “and Casa Silencio is an experimental project because there’s no other building here like it. We didn’t want to make a big impact on the land, and we wanted to enhance the practices of the Oaxacan people and be respectful of their culture.”
All of the spa-like bathrooms feature a one-ton monolithic stone sink and a mosaic wall made of recycled El Silencio bottles. The property is also completely self-sustaining, has a no-waste policy, uses solar panels for energy and has implemented rainwater harvesting and water reuse systems for the distillery, hotel and restaurant.
“Nothing at Casa Silencio is out of a shop,” Cisneros says. “It feels like a living museum because none of these things are replicable. Artisans contributed to every level of the project, from the pillows in the rooms to beautiful custom shades. It’s the most beautiful craftsmanship, and many of these art forms are dying, and they won’t last too much longer unless we do something about it.”
The hotel feels exceptionally remote and connects guests to an exciting, ancient history. Less than a mile away, for example, you’ll find mural paintings inside caves, ancient ruins and petrified waterfalls. “Coming to Oaxaca is like time travel in a way,” says Cisneros. “And coming to Casa Silencio is magical, like you’re visiting your country house.”
At the end of your trip, be sure to pick up something from the gift shop, which sells bottles of Mezcal El Silencio and handcrafted items, from decor to jewelry, made, of course, by Oaxacan artisans. Rates start at $1,000 per night.