About Villa del Faro
Villa del Faro is a unique and secluded hotel situated on 12 acres of gardens and desert overlooking miles of private, deserted beach. It is an oasis of beautiful gardens and stately palms, and painstakingly handcrafted dwellings that bring to mind both a Mexican hacienda and an Italianate villa. It is not a place for everyone. It offers solitude instead of shops, long walks on the only swimmable beach on the east cape, hikes into the deep arroyo instead of golf, watching the whales play from your private balcony, and personal care from the staff.
While the hotel sits in lush gardens, the surrounding desert is pristine and untouched. Villa del Faro was built with the environment in mind. It is laid out with one main building and a collection of casitas placed naturally on the existing landscape. It is a Green Hotel – truly off the grid. There are no electrical power lines or phone lines. Everything at the Villa is run on solar power, supplemented by a generator when needed. There are propane hot water heaters, propane refrigerators, and stoves. Drinking water is trucked in from a local ranch and stored in a tank where it is cleaned and purified. Water for cleaning is supplied by an on-site well, while a gray water reclamation system irrigates the gardens. “Water is gold” in the desert, and water conservation is always of the utmost priority. Guests are encouraged to conserve water and power during their stay at Villa del Faro.
The property was purchased in 1989, when this area of Baja’s East Cape was completely undeveloped. The builders envisioned a secluded retreat, where you could walk miles along a beach and the only footprints would be your own. And where traditional Mexican architecture and art would combine with elements of environmental and international design to create a totally unique and beautiful living space. Local workers and artisans were hired – brickworkers who had mastered the Mexican art of boveda ceilings, workers skilled in creating palapa roofs, and woodcarvers who could “paint” with a chisel. Their graceful and intricate work is visible everywhere at Villa del Faro. Molds were made for balustrades, tiles were handcrafted and painted. Mexican antiques, original artwork, and furniture were brought from the mainland. Each casita has its own distinctive style and ambiance. Artwork, attention to detail, and creative design can be seen at every turn as you walk the grounds of Villa del Faro.