It's no secret that we have fallen in love with Valle De Guadalupe over the last couple years. Every time we have a chance, we take a weekend getaway to the valley to visit the newest restaurants, wineries and accommodations. We have been anticipating the opening of Alejandro D’ Acosta’s newest architectural masterpiece, Bruma, so we were thrilled when were able to experience it for the first time.
Bruma is in the early stages of development. There are plans for a winery, hotel, restaurant and villas.
Villa #8 is the first accommodation to open at Bruma. This five-bedroom (+ loft) bed-and-breakfast-style villa can be rented for exclusive use or by the room. Each of the five rooms have floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open up to views of the surrounding vineyards. Rooms 1 and 2 face what we feel is the best part of the property: the stunning tree, outdoor entertaining space and the vineyards. Three additional rooms are in a separate wing. These accommodations face the north end of the property. There is also a loft, which offers accommodations for four people. The loft is an open room overlooking the living space. It has a detached bathroom.
The rooms have a cave-like feel with floor to ceiling boulders and an indoor patio that somehow makes you feel like you are outdoors. The communal space, which is shared by all of the guests staying at Bruma, consists of a open kitchen and dining area, a living room, and large sliding door that opens up to the outdoors. The decor is sleek and simplistic with a very homey feel. At the entrance of Villa #8 is a large “reception room” where guests can gather and mingle.
The outdoor event space currently can accommodate up to 300 guests. Even with such a large capacity, it still feels intimate enough to have a dinner party for 20 friends or business colleagues. The large space that wraps around the tree includes lounge chairs, long rustic wood dining tables and vignettes, which are all available for guests to use. A large communal table, placed right next to the vineyard, is large enough to host dinner for 50 guests.
Bruma's in-house staff is onsite from 8:00am-10:00pm. Breakfast is included in the rate. It is served from 8:00am-10:00am each day, and you can enjoy the meal inside at the kitchen table or out on the patio (weather permitting). As a guest, you have access to the “honest bar.” This is a full snack, spirit and wine bar that operates on the honor system. You simply make a note of what you use and you are charged at the end of your stay. This is a very nice touch, especially when you forget to bring snacks or haven't had a chance to grab a bottle of wine on your way in through the valley.
Our Bruma Experience
We headed out on the two-hour drive from San Diego to Valle De Guadalupe late on Friday morning. We made a stop at our favorite Ensenada eatery, Muelle 3, for fresh sashimi, oysters and ceviche. Since they are only open from 1:00pm-7:00pm and are closed on Sundays and Mondays, it's a must stop at the beginning of a weekend in the valley.
After our lunch, we continued on to Bruma. Bruma is located at the far eastern side of the Valley just past Encuentro Guadalupe. It is on the right side of the road and off the same street as La Cetto and La Esperanza. As we turned the corner we spotted the impressive entry to Bruma. Right at that moment we knew we were in for a treat!
We followed the signs to Villa 8. The road led right up to the villa, and we were immediately greeted by Karla, the venue manager. Karla gave us a tour of the villa and showed us our room (Room 1). Our room overlooked the patio, vineyards, and - my favorite feature - a stunning tree. Since we arrived just before sunset, we decided to grab a bottle of wine from the honest bar and head out to the patio to watch the sunset and to soak in our surroundings.
While lunch and dinner are not available at Bruma, the estate is just a short distance from La Esperanza, a Baja/Mediterranean fusion restaurant. Since it was our first night, we didn't feel like driving too far, so La Esperanza was a great option. They have wonderful octopus, which happens to be our favorite.
After dinner, we made our way back to Bruma where we enjoyed more wine under the stars by the fire. We were joined by other guests and spent hours sharing stories of our time spent in Valle De Guadalupe.
The next morning we woke up to the chatter of other house guests and the smell of coffee and corn tortillas. We made our way out to the kitchen in our pajamas. The cooks were preparing chilaquiles with a choice of red or green sauce (or both), beans, eggs, fresh fruit, fresh squeezed orange juice and coffee. We joined our new friends at the table for an unforgettable breakfast feast.
After breakfast, some of the other guests decided to grab the mountain bikes that are available to use. They headed out to the nearby hot springs while the rest of us stayed behind and relaxed under the tree with no real urgency to leave this slice of paradise. After a few hours of relaxing, it was time to get ready and head out for some wine tasting.
There are so many great options in the Valle, but here are a few of our favorite Valle De Guadalupe Wineries.
We returned after a long day of exploring the vineyards of the Valle and relaxed by the fire pit where the rest of the Bruma guests, now our friends, had already congregated. The fire pit was a place to gather and share stories and experiences. It was truly one of the highlights of our time at Bruma.
The next morning we decided to sleep in, but woke with just enough time to make it to breakfast. The Sunday morning spread included fluffy biscuits (which were a huge hit), homemade marmalade, granola & yogurt, mushroom omelets, roasted vegetables and quesadillas. After we all filled our bellies, we took our time enjoying the last few hours of our Sunday at our new home away from home. We were a bit apprehensive about sharing a home with others, but it ended up being one of our favorite parts of the weekend.
Bruma is ideal for group getaways, retreats, and intimate events. The communal living space and outdoor areas provide many opportunities to gather and celebrate. Bruma has certainly made the top of our list of places to host an event in Valle De Guadalupe.
Bruma can be rented by the room or for exclusive use, so couples and individuals who are open to a relaxing bed and breakfast-style setting should certainly add Bruma to their list of places to visit in Valle De Guadalupe. If you prefer a private hotel room and all the "big hotel" facilities, than Bruma may not be for you (at least not yet).
Roughly 40 hotel rooms will be ready at the end of 2016. The Villa at Bruma is just a sneak peek into what is to come. We are already looking forward to our next excuse for a weekend getaway to Valle De Guadalupe so that we can stay at Bruma and once again gather around the fire, sip wine, make new friends, and stay at our home away from home.