This 10-bedroom hotel forms a secluded retreat in a little-known Mexican fishing village between the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Madre mountains.
Lo Sereno, Casa de Playa, is a design-focused hotel in Troncones village. Located off the coast from Acapulco, Mexico's largest seaside resort, it is intended as a refuge to ''disport life on the beach''.
It features just 10 rooms, an outdoor restaurant, bar, and a black-tiled infinity pool, all surrounded by pristine nature.
After purchasing a plot on the Troncones beachfront, Lo Sereno creator Rafael Sainz Skewes envisioned a contemporary retreat that would combine ''clean lines and barefoot luxury''.
He enlisted Mexico City architect Jorge Gonzalez Parcero to refine the modernist design, which would stand in stark contrast traditional palapas and thatched roof buildings of the region.
''The design concept privileges intimacy and privacy to reconnect with nature, enjoy the comfort and the ambience of a space whose contemporary architecture harmonises totally with the environment located between the Sierra Madre del Sur and the Pacific Ocean,'' said Skewes.
Ancestral craftsmanship is incorporated into the hotel's construction, with many of the local materials, like tropical Parota wood, repurposed and recycled.
An extensive use of poured concrete and locally sourced stone contribute to a simple, palette, alongside wood and green accents. Instead of hiding the workmanship behind layers of paint, Skewes chose an unfinished look for the hand-built stone walls and cement columns.
Rooms make use of an ancient design to ensure cross ventilation: instead of using glass, sliding doors made of wood draw in a crossbreeze from private terraces.
For the interiors, Parcero aimed to showcase a mélange of textures and finishes. Custom handcrafted pieces from the Guadalajara region and other parts of Mexico lend a contemporary spin on local aesthetic, such as the palapa art pieces made from woven palm fronds.
Bathrooms are composed of just three materials: glass, concrete, and wood. Private ''bathroom patios'' with rain showers were placed behind glass walls to blur indoor and outdoor spaces.
The hotel's outdoor restaurant, La Terrazza, sits on a terrace covered with a handmade pergola, and is furnished with mint blue chairs and pillows that contrast with the teakwood tables.
Photography is by Vanessa Fuentes and Nada Lottermann.