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Luxury Guide to Valle de Guadalupe

Kristie B.

Kristie B.

EXPLORE VDG contributor.

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Valle de Guadalupe is often compared to other luxurious wine countries around the world, especially Napa. But what makes the region so unique is that Valle de Guadalupe is more chill and laid back – what Napa was in the beginning before it became corporate. But just because the vibes aren’t as pretentious as other famous wine countries don’t mean you can’t have a luxurious experience if you wanted to.

Splurge and enjoy a luxurious experience in Valle de Guadalupe

The Baja wine region is whatever you want it to be, which is part of the valley’s allure. You can easily create a luxurious stay in Valle if you wanted to splurge and have a trip of a lifetime, or you can be as thrifty as possible if your budget can only go so far. But like any other place you travel, the more refined tastes you have, the more you’re going to spend – even in Mexico. If money is no options and you really want to live it up in Valle de Guadalupe, we have all the details on how to make your R&R excursion as luxurious as possible.

WHERE TO STAY

There are no huge resorts in Valle de Guadalupe, so don’t expect to book an of these when you visit. However, there are smaller lodgings that offer more intimate, refined accommodations that are better suited for the rustic vibes Valle is known for.

Although there are many B&Bs and boutique stays (in addition to glamping and camping options), Valle does have a handful of more luxurious places to stay and here are a few:

El Cielo

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It doesn’t get any more luxurious than the new El Cielo Winery & Resort, which opened last in September 2018. The winery has only been around for the past six years and is already the most luxurious offering in the Valley.

The lux boutique hotel features 56 suites and 20 3-suite villas for those visiting Valle in large groups. Guests will have personal concierge services that last until 2 a.m, offering a very personal experience. If you feel like being a baller in Valle, you can stay in one of their two 2,800-square-foot Presidential Villas that start at $800/night. All rooms have a modern kitchen complete with a wine fridge, a wraparound terrace, private firepits and gorgeous wood-beamed ceilings.

What’s great about El Cielo Winery & Resort is that it has everything you’ll need for your stay in Valle. It’s renowned Latitud 32 restaurant features delicious Baja-Yucatan-fusion-like food and an on-site oenologist.

Bruma - Casa 8

Bruma is unique because although it was constructed using sustainable materials (think pin and soil-cement), it’s still a very luxurious lodging that’s at the same time built with an eco-friendly ethos. All of the four-bedroom villas feature marble bathrooms, huge private plunging pools and custom furnishings by local artisans. There’s even an on-site wellness professional, accommodating everything from mountain bike rides to yoga sessions and more.

The resort is also a winery, so any time you feel the need for a drink, you don’t have to go far.

Encuentro Guadalupe

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After staying at Encuentro, you may not ever want to stay at another hotel again when visiting Valle. Named “Best Small Hotel” in Travel + Leisure’s Design Awards, this mountainside hotel features some of the best views in Valle de Guadalupe. All 22 modular lofts are luxurious inside and outside. Enjoy exquisite views from your private terrace or light a fire in your clay kiva and cozy up to stargaze from the seating areas constructed from hillside rock.

The loft’s sleek, modern interior is a complete contrast to the rough, natural exterior. You will find smooth, white melamine walls, tranquil lighting, plush white bedding, slippers, and robes. The rooms are intentionally created small to give an intimate atmosphere and the floor to ceiling windows create the feeling that you are hovering over the mountain. The amenities on the property are also on point with a chic lobby, upscale restaurant, raw oyster bar, and swanky infinity pool. Stay, play, wine, and dine in style at this relaxing retreat that provides luxurious comforts while providing a constant connection to nature.

WHERE TO EAT

Guadalupe de Valle isn’t just known for its fine selection of wines, but also for its various eats. The region is home to some renowned places and the valley is becoming a haven for foodies everywhere. While there are definitely lots of cheap eats in Valle, here are some of the best places to dine and spoil your taste buds:

Fauna

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If you are on the quest to try the best of the best in Valle de Guadalupe, you need a reservation at chef David Castro Hussong’s restaurant Fauna. Awarded “Mexico’s Restaurant of the Year 2020”, this popular restaurant is located on the property of Bruma. Dining here is a perfect balance between upscale and casual.

The trendy decor and long tables create a comfortable atmosphere while the menu is a fine-dining culinary experience. Dishes reflect Chef’s creative approach to simple food and traditional flavors. Going back to the basics, he cooks what he finds fresh and local keeping food as it should be, no overthinking.

Deckman's at El Mogor

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There’s something romantic and relaxing about having dinner in a vineyard and that’s exactly what you get when you splurge at Michelin-starred chef Drew Deckman Valle restaurant. The outdoor seasonal campestre-style restaurant is on the ground of the El Mogor farm, which is what’s behind the farm-to-table philosophy of the place. Guests will al fresco under trees that are dressed with twinkle lights.

Try and get a reservation for sunset when the beautiful colors of the valley shine through the vineyard.

WHERE TO WINE TASTE

With more than 150 different wineries (and more popping up all the time), it can be overwhelming trying to find a vineyard to visit on your trip to Valle de Guadalupe. But don’t fret because we have some very refined options for your luxurious tastes:

Adobe Guadalupe

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Upon arrival, you’ll be enchanted with Adobe Guadalupe’s grand hacienda-style architecture. But the wines will definitely be a highlight given they’re made using eclectic blends of some of the most robust varietals, including Grenache, Tempranillo, Viognier, Merlot and, Cabernet Franc.

If you’re hungry after all that vino, you’ll be able to sneak in some lunch at the Adobe Food Truck that’s parked outside the tasting room. The menu consists of small plates, but they’re more than satisfying.

Monte Xanic

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A visit to Mexican wine country would not be complete without visiting Monte Xanic, one of the oldest wineries in the region. This award-winning vineyard helped put Mexican wine on the map as the first vineyard to produce high-quality wines. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, Monte Xanic produces 50,000 cases a year from estate-grown grapes.

You will have a feeling of luxury the moment you pass through the impressive entrance. Not far from the grand gate you will find a sparkling manmade lake that compliments the breathtaking atmosphere perfectly.

Enjoy some of the best wine in the valley inside the tasting room or find a seat out on the covered patio and allow the ocean breeze to compliment the magnificent view.

Lechuza

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It’s amazing to say that La Lechuza wines are actually poured at the famed Napa Valley restaurant The French Laundry. This is the biggest testament of the caliber of wines this Valle de Guadalupe offers.

The winery is known for full-bodied varietals, which include Merlots, Nebbiolos, Cabernet Sauvignons, Grenache roses and Tempranillos. You have to book an appointment for tastings, which is due to the fact that the winemakers themselves host them.

Valle de Guadalupe might not be considered as luxurious as other wine regions, but it does offer those with high-end tastes the chance to experience the Baja valley like royalty.

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