Cangrejo y Toro is a quiet vacation villa retreat on seven acres of oceanfront land located in Troncones on the Mexican Riviera.
What is the story behind Casa Palapa, what was your inspiration to create it?
When we first heard about Todos Santos from friends, we were immediately captivated by their description of its beauty and charm. They insisted we visit, and we're grateful we did. The moment we set foot in Baja Sur, we knew we had found something special. The laid-back lifestyle and unique vibe resonated with us. Within a week, we decided to build Casa Palapa — a blank canvas we transformed into an Italian masseria-inspired haven.
Casa Palapa comprises two buildings: the enclosed palapa and the simple yet elegant casita. Palapas are common in Baja Sur, and usually open to the outdoors. We chose to enclose the palapa, maintaining its vibrant feel with the same material on the walls. Natural light floods the interior, and multiple doors connect to the lush yard. The casita's design is a beautiful box, harmonizing with the palapa. Together, they create shared spaces and private retreats.
How would you describe the atmosphere and interior design of Casa Palapa?
Casa Palapa offers a haven of tranquility and serenity, precisely why we chose Todos Santos as our sanctuary. We sought an escape to bask in the sun's warm embrace, finding solace in its calming energy for a few days or weeks.
As night blankets the sky, it transforms into a captivating spectacle. Looking upward, the moon's gentle glow and the mesmerizing tapestry of millions of stars evoke a profound sense of humility and wonder.
The intentionally spacious design of Casa Palapa creates a wide and open environment, embracing comfort and relaxation. Adorned with handpicked natural wood pieces from talented Mexican designers, the space combines practicality with artistic beauty. Each carefully selected item serves a purpose while making a sculptural statement, enhancing the unique ambiance.
Yet, let me unveil the true essence of Casa Palapa. It's an indescribable vibe that saturates every nook and cranny, embracing you with tranquility and unexpected comfort. While resembling a grand cabana, you'll delight in discovering that every modern luxury and amenity expected from a high-end hotel suite is thoughtfully provided.
To you personally, what is so special about Casa Palapa?
I think it’s the vibe and the unexpected comfort that people find inside. It appears like a big cabana but you have all the amenities you would find in a luxury hotel suite.