An Intimate Retreat at Casa Amada

by Stephanie Hannington-Suen

The mysterious pre-Hispanic village of Tepoztlan in central Mexico has a long history as a centre for mysticism and spirituality. According to legend, the town is the birthplace of the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl.

We stayed at Casa Amada, a beautifully renovated traditional adobe house, set in the Ocotitlán Valley and surrounded by breathtaking ancient stepped rock formations covered in vivid green flora.

The main attractions in the town are the pyramid of Tepozteco, which stands on a mountain 400 meters above town and the new sculpture garden Dilao by the artist Eduardo Olbés but we found we spent most of our time enjoying the peaceful and relaxed atmosphere of Casa Amada.


The minimalist interior colours, tones and textures of the house pay homage to the slow life of the countryside. Outside, we loved the feeling of being surrounded by local stone walls and abundant vegetation.

Our days were spent enjoying the sun while in the evenings we would prepare simple meals in the outdoor kitchen and enjoy them under the stars by candlelight and to the sounds of the wildlife all around us.