todos santos: hotel san cristóbal opening

© bunkhouse / photography: pia riverola

the rugged coastline of the baja california peninsula isn't exactly unknown turf to americans and other visitors. while most head straight for the hotel-ridden beaches of cabo san lucas at its southern most tip, scenic places are plentiful. and at just an hour's drive to the north, the small village of todos santos surely falls into this category. the surrounds comprise of rich farmland that evolved from sugarcane crops in the 19th century to a diverse source of avocados, chilis, papayas and other crops, and obviously the ocean's riches is also a major pillar of local livelihood. it's in the immediate environs, on a pristine stretch of playa punta lobos, where hotel san cristóbal has opened its doors.

facing the expanse of the pacific ocean, the intimate property is first foreign outpost of bunkouse, an austin-based boutique hotel chain, and features just 32 rooms and suites, all situated around a central pool and lounge area, in addition to a library, a seaside mirador, and a small shop. the rooms of hotel san cristóbal come in four categories, each furnished in a contemporary style with local touches, and a set of amenities that effortlessly meet the standards of today's savvy traveller, including super comfy coco-mat mattresses, custom sferra linens, (malin+goetz) bath products, both air-conditioning and ceiling fans, and complimentary wifi.

adding to the sense of total relaxation vibe is benno, an informal dining spot helmed by chef edgar palau where next to breakfast, classic mexican and mediterranean fare is served that builds on the diverse culinary abundance of the baja california peninsula. dishes are supplemented by a wine programme that focuses on supporting vignerons that farm sustainably, with a special emphasis on organic and biodynamic wines. more a fan of cocktails? no worries. the menu also features small-batch mescals, tequilas and classic warm-weather cocktails, and of course there's a selection of extra cold mexican beers readily availabe. and that's not all. hotel san cristóbal pitches in on the fun vibe with a programme of events related to music, culture and wellness. location: carretera 19, km 54-800 [playa punta lobos].

© bunkhouse / photography: nick simonite