A Small Holiday Retreat With African and Mexican Design Influences

There’s a beautiful place in Mexico in the Sayulita area which got a remodel earlier this year. The Pelicans Villa is a holiday retreat surrounded by lush vegetation and has its own private beach. It can accommodate up to 20 guests so it’s not massive which is what makes it so inviting and cozy in the first place. There are 8 cabins in total as well as a series of common areas at the top of the hill with a kitchen, a dining room and a lovely sitting area. All 340 square meters were redesigned by Main Office.

The retreat is surrounded by the jungle and lots of lush vegetationView in gallery
The retreat is surrounded by the jungle and lots of lush vegetation
The eight cabins area spread around so they each get a nice view of the waterView in gallery
The eight cabins area spread around so they each get a nice view of the water
The larger common area has a tall and eye-catching ceiling with a simple but cool designView in gallery
The larger common area has a tall and eye-catching ceiling with a simple but cool design

The design strategy here was to preserve some of the original African aesthetic of the retreat which reflects the heritage of its previous owner native to South Africa. These elements were mixed with Mexican details and the result was an eclectic new aesthetic with a very unique character. The materials used throughout the remodeling process were locally sourced and include a lot of indigenous Parota wood which was used for the room dividers, the door and window frames and some of the custom furniture. 

This outdoor bathtub has a really nice spa-inspired vibe and feels immersed in natureView in gallery
This outdoor bathtub has a really nice spa-inspired vibe and feels immersed in nature

The interior walls which were previously colored were painted white in order to create a clean and neutral backdrop for the gorgeous views. Some of the most charming spaces are the outdoor ones like the exterior shower or the yoga platform. 

The cabins also have these lovely outdoor showers surrounded by stone and with simple and organic designsView in gallery
The cabins also have these lovely outdoor showers surrounded by stone and with simple and organic designs
There's lots of lush vegetation and nature-oriented elements all aroundView in gallery
There’s lots of lush vegetation and nature-oriented elements all around
The recent remodel made use of local materials and resources including a lot of Parota woodView in gallery
The recent remodel made use of local materials and resources including a lot of Parota wood
The interior of the cabins and common areas is light and breezy with a focus on the viewsView in gallery
The interior of the cabins and common areas is light and breezy with a focus on the views
The canopy beds are the center points of the bedrooms and contrast elegantly with the floors and the ceilingsView in gallery
The canopy beds are the center points of the bedrooms and contrast elegantly with the floors and the ceilings
The outdoor areas are simple and casual and have an authentic lookView in gallery
The outdoor areas are simple and casual and have an authentic look