Green & Chic ~ Rodavento Boutique Hotel, Valle de Bravo, Mexico
By Dian Hasan | July 06, 2009
The greatest reward in travel must certainly be the end destination that surpasses expectation. This best portrays Rodavento Boutique Hotel, a truly unexpected charming boutique hotel set in a tranquil garden setting, a 2-hour drive from the chaotic megalopolis of Mexico City. A welcome departure from Mexico’s fabulous offerings of beach-oriented resorts and charming haciendas in Colonial Towns. Designed by Mexico City-based Gomez Cespo Arquitectos, Rodavento lies in Valle de Bravo, a lush mountain valley that is far enough from Mexico City to give it its own brand of tranquility.
It’s more like a mountain lodge, 28 modern suites in tented-roof hillside villas, each one with a deck overlooking the property’s pine forests and private lake. The look is contemporary, done in earthy tones, but very far from urban — rustic elements make the interiors more hospitable, and the old-fashioned claw-foot tubs are a welcome design feature.
The suites’ sliding glass doors open to a sleek wooden deck and provide a beautiful view of the surrounding forests, gardens and Rodavento´s private lake.
Rodavento includes a Japanese onsen–inspired spa, complete with bamboo furniture, burning incense, and serene fountains. Not to be missed is the 90-minute Shaman Healing session, which includes an energy-balancing massage.
Don’t expect to take it all with you — this is after all, an escape, with spa and outdoor pool taking the place of any late-night club scene. Instead you will be met with a choice of activities to engage with nature, such as kayaking, horse-back riding, or hiking in the wooded trails.
And in the evening as you retreat back to your villa, you will appreciate the warmth emanating from the wood-burning fireplace, as the Valle de Bravo area does get cooler at night.