The Wicklewood Blog
- 02 Apr 2018
- NOMAD LIVING
Located in Baja California, less than a four-hour drive from LA, you can find Valle de Guadalupe – a hidden gem in the world of wine and a region that is quickly garnering international attention for its stunning landscape, rolling vineyards, super chic (and cheap) hotels and restaurants apt for self-proclaimed foodies like us. Our marketing Director Rosie popped down for 5 days of sun, sea and sauvignon!
Where to rest your (sometimes a little sore) head
To enhance our stay (and have a snoop at the varied interiors) we hotel hopped between two hotels that each offered something a little different.
First stop Cuatro Cuatros. Although still in it’s infancy (building is set to be complete in 2020), Cuatro Cuatros is glamping for winos. Offering 14 luxury tent on stilts, each “room” includes a private sundeck, with open air shower, mini bar and a roaring fire for the chilly desert nights. The interiors of the tent are rustic yet simple, with a large unvarnished wooden bed, floors and shelving. Bold and bright fabric hangs from the bed and sets the theme for two equally colourful armchairs that vary room to room in size, shape and colour.
The second stop was the luxurious Encuentro Guadalupe. With sustainability at its core Encuentro has 20 modern bungalows almost camouflaged within the rocky hillside above the onsite winery and restaurant. Super modern with floor to ceiling windows, the rooms each have a private terrace, with wide views across the valley and an outdoor clay kiva which is perfect for huddling next to as the sunsets margarita in hand!
Where to Eat
The choices of superb restaurants in the valley are endless. But our favourite, hands down, was Deckman's en el Mogor. Set outside, sheltered primarily by the swinging trees and hay bales, which make up the "bricks'n'mortar" of the restaurant, Deckman's is an absolute must. Opened by Michelin-starred chef Drew Deckman, who can be found at the helm of one of the giant outdoor BBQs, grilling, smoking charring something or other, his goal is to share the experience of bringing the "table fo the farm".
Where to Sip
A trip to Valle de Guadaloup wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Bar Bura. Set within the Cuatro Cuatros grounds and nested on a hill-side peak, the bar looks out over the entire Pacific Ocean. Truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever been, you cannot beat this spot to sit, sip and watch the sun set. Plus, what’s more, the simple-looking appetiser list is, it turns out, equally as outstanding and really is the cherry on top for this perfect spot.