Uruguayan surfer Victoria Gonzales has built the accommodation of her dreams. Located in a fishing village called Punta del Diablo north of Uruguay, the complex consists of three bright thatched-roofed cabins standing close to the sea. Both charming and self-sufficient, Solo Mare del Diablo comes with solar panels, a solar water heater, and a windmill.
Originally from Montevideo, Victoria Gonzales migrates every year between Punta del Diablo and the shores of L.A. She leads a healthy lifestyle full of surfing, yoga and raw food, a philosophy that is reflected in the accommodation. Built three years ago, Solo Mare del Diablo consists of three self-sufficient cabins painted in colorful shades, and they are located very close to the sea.
Entirely powered by wind and sun, the cabins were constructed by local people using renewable materials such as timber and eucalyptus wood and traditional building techniques. Just like many other houses in the area, a biodegradable thatched roof — known as a ‘quincho’ — tops these charming eco-dwellings.
Low-cost and widely used in developing countries, the roofs are made from dry vegetation such as straw, typha or water reed. They provide shade during summer, and natural insulation during winter, and when it rains, this natural roof smells gorgeous! Solo Mare del Diablo’s many windows fill the space with natural light and frame stunning views of the surrounding Uruguayan landscape.
All cabins are basic but comfortable, with a master bedroom on the top floor and a small living area, kitchen and toilet on the ground. Signs in the toilet remind guests to avoid wasting water and to collect it from the shower while they wait for it to warm up. Although there is plenty of seawater nearby, drinking water is treasured as it comes from an old well. As part of the whole sustainable experience, guests at the charming Solo Mare del Diablo can enjoy vegan raw food and even yoga classes given by the multi-skilled young owner herself.
Photos by Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat
Lead photo by Victoria Watson
Last photo by Solo Mare del Diablo