Bungalow

  • Location: Beach / Coast
    Closest beach: In walking distance (5 mins)
    Restaurants and shops in Troncones: 6km (10 mins by car)
    Zihuatanejo: 38km (30 mins by car)
  • Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Airport (ZIH): 48km (45 mins by car)
    Acapulco Airport (ACA): 300km (5 hours by car)
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to Bungalow

How would you describe the bungalow in a nutshell? 

The Bungalow is a Brutalist hideaway tucked away on a dirt road. It’s modern, chic and unexpected; cheerful, chill and luxurious. It boasts dramatic views of the Sierra Madre, accompanied by the breezy sound of the Pacific Ocean. 

It is a peaceful place located off the beaten path and set within a lush garden of plumeria, jasmine, almond, coconut and orchid trees. During the day, it is well-shaded and at night, the stars come out in a way that is hard to describe. 

What is the story behind it, what was your inspiration to create it? 

We were recently empty-nested in New York and looking to leave the United States. Our family has been coming to Troncones for several years and my parents built a dream house compound at Cangrejo y Toro in Majahua. So this area seemed like a natural place to relocate, to be near family and to be part of a community we felt a connection to. 

We bought a California-style hacienda that had fallen into disrepair, adjacent to a thriving hotel. It consisted of a double lot with an abandoned main house and a barely built guest house with some unfinished horse stalls. 

While living there, we designed and renovated the main house over six months, going room by room and creating friendships with several local craftsmen. After enjoying how that project came together, we embarked on the Bungalow renovation. This was despite our discovery that the existing structure had few usable walls and all we had to work with was a ghost of a footprint. 

We envisioned a small pool just steps from the bedroom and kitchen, with a pergola and open views of the mountains. We wanted to create a space that was easy to be in — calm, uncluttered and secluded from the main house by a shady garden. From there, the rest fell into place. 

How would you describe the atmosphere and the interior design of the bungalow? 

The Bungalow is laid back, organic and cheerful. It’s open, like living outdoors, while being sheltered and sophisticated. It has a cosy, homey, hammock vibe. 

The structure itself features rustic, raw concrete, combined with refined details such as locally sourced oak cabinetry and custom, handmade Mexican tilework. Throughout the Bungalow, there are Mexican textiles and artisan rugs, as well as built-in cement furniture. These include the bedframes and the pergola sofa, as well as the kitchen shelves and counters. 

Each of these pieces makes use of a frosted-cement treatment, referred to locally as “pasta”. It gives the cement a soft, polished look and a dramatic profile while creating far less maintenance compared to traditional furniture. It’s both heavy and soft — almost invisible. 

What do you particularly like about this part of Mexico? 

This part of Guerrero is off the beaten track. It’s undeveloped, rustic and wild — a throwback to another era. Paved roads and water services are “new” here, with other infrastructure and utilities, such as electricity and internet, being continually improved as demand increases. 

I like that the area is home to a hard-working community that’s not fancy or concerned with any sort of prestige. Kindness is the currency of exchange, whether it’s in the water, at a restaurant or on the local roads, which are shared by cars, trucks, motorcycles, quads/ATVs, bicycles, horses, cows, goats, chickens and people. It’s a colorful and interesting place to be. 

Pool area
Bedroom 1
Bathroom
Bathroom
Bathroom 2
Bedroom 2
Bedroom 2
View to pool area
Kitchen
Kitchen
Kitchen
Pool lounge
Pool lounge
Pool lounge
Pool area
Garden

Bungalow rooms & rates

You enter the Bungalow through a set of large, oak gates and park in a garden surrounded by flowering trees and shrubs. You can rinse off the ocean and sand (and your boards) in the freestanding, outdoor shower to the right. The Bungalow is to the left, with the entrance framed by bamboo-like Areca palms. 

When you enter the Bungalow, you find yourself in an open living space with a view of the mountains in the distance. You’re immediately in the kitchen and at the pool, right next to a hammock and the pergola sofa. It’s ridiculously comfy and upholstered in Sunbrella, so you can go ahead and sit on it in your wet bathing suit. 

The rectangular pool (7x3 metres) is a sweet retreat of its own. It’s designed with a long seat and framed by lush birds of paradise plants. To one side, there are views of the pergola and kitchen, while to the other, you can see the mountains.

The main living area and pool are bracketed by two king-size suites, each with luxurious king-size mattresses and organic linen bedding. They feature tons of natural light, air conditioning and a desk for working or creating. 

Both suites boast impressive and sensual outdoor (roofed) bathrooms, complete with custom, handmade tiles and oversized rain head showers. The showers are completely outdoors but are incredibly private by way of breeze-block walls and dense plantings. The bathroom of the larger suite contains a sunken tub. 

  • Bungalow for 4 people / 250 m²
    8000 / night
    • 2 Double bedrooms
    • 2 Shower rooms (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • Terrace
    • Air conditioning
Included in the rates
Rates include taxes.
Children & Extra beds
Children from 12 years old are welcome to stay.
Minimum stay
3 - 7 nights (check calendar for dates)
Check in time
after 14:00
Check out time
before 11:00

Facilities & services

  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • WiFi
  • Not suitable for children
  • Whirlpool/Plunge pool

Beyond what has already been described — pool, air conditioning, gardens, outdoor showers — there’s high-speed Wi-Fi and three-speed fans in each room. In the kitchen is a stovetop, a refrigerator and a coffee maker, as well as a kettle, crockery and all utensils. Rates include housekeeping, pool service and gardening. 

The swimming pool is 3 metres wide by 7 metres long (about 10 feet by 23 feet). It is not heated. 

The hotel next door has a restaurant that opens at 8 am and closes at 8 pm while equipment for cycling, surfing and fishing are readily available for rent nearby. Guided eco-tours to the lagoon and into the mountains can be arranged, as can surf lessons, massages, private yoga sessions and horseback riding. Laundry, cooking and shopping are available for an extra cost. 

Things to do in Guerrero & Troncones

  • Horseback riding
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing

Moving at a different pace is the top activity, whether it’s relaxing by the pool or trying to get somewhere. Time seems to go fast in this part of Mexico, but rushing is frowned upon. 

The closest beach is a five-minute walk from the property, although the flora, fauna and people you meet along the way can make it a longer trip. The “best” beach depends on the activity you’re after. There are tide pools and fishing spots within a ten-minute walk while 20 minutes on foot will see you at a sandy beach that’s good for boogie boarding. A 30-minute walk leads to a lagoon full of migrating birds and an interesting surf spot. 

My highlights: a morning walk to the lagoon; an afternoon trip to the cave; sunset horseback riding; boogie boarding at an empty beach; tacos on Saturday morning. It’s hard to pick just three!

The location of Bungalow

The bungalow is a 45-minute drive north of Zihautanejo International Airport. Zihuatanejo is a renowned fishing launch on Mexico’s Pacific coast that’s grown into a bustling city. Along with its neighboring city, Ixtapa (a government-planned tourism destination), the area surrounding Zihautanejo has become “home” to people from all over the world. 

The nearest towns are Troncones (a 20-minute drive or bike ride to the south) and La Saladita (a 30-minute drive or bike ride to the north). Both are known for their surf beaches, inexpensive beach restaurants and laid-back vibes. The nearest village is Majahua, which is a ten-minute walk or five-minute bike ride down the beach. 

You can walk to the beach in less than five minutes. All of the beaches nearby are uncrowded. You’re sure to see more pelicans than people and, during certain months of the year, maybe a whale or dolphin (or two)! 

When is the best time to visit Guerrero?

The “best” time (as in the one that attracts the most visitors) is from November to April. During this period, there’s no rain, there’s good surf and temperatures are cooler, attracting people from all around the globe.

Our “favourite” time is probably early November when the rains stop, the fields are in bloom and the community prepares for an influx of visitors. It’s an upbeat time. We also like late July or early August when it rains almost every night and the late afternoon skies become a thing of beauty. The clouds move from grey to purple, with red, peach and pink popping up on the horizon.