Our month at Casa Xano Xano was a soul-nourishing experience. Not only is the property fantastic but the artist-owners really know the area. We would give it more than 5 stars if we could. The apartment is beautifully decorated with sultry colors and local folk art in a lushly landscaped hillside setting. It is also comfortable and practical: queen-size beds and enough pillows for a good night’s sleep, kitchen well-stocked for cooking , dependable wifi, bookshelves full of fiction, non-fiction and guidebooks, many pleasant indoor and outdoor places to read, work and eat, decent lighting, lots of closet space, several outlets to plug in our electronics and an outdoor pool & lounging chairs. Our favorite space was a covered outdoor living/dining room with fireplace and wood for evening fires – perfect for cocktails and entertaining. It was put it to good use when two different sets of friends joined us.
We enjoyed exploring the village and back-roads of San Augustin Etla, which is 25 minutes drive from ciudad Oaxaca. Fair warning: steep roads, some unpaved, bring sturdy footwear. Visiting the region’s outdoor markets became a favorite activity and coming home to experiment with fresh, local ingredients a nightly ritual. The advice we got from Penny and Victor helped us find the best guide (Sebastien) and enhanced every aspect of our trip. We will never forget our excellent experience at Xano Xano.