Nicole Petersen designs Mexican-styled villas at Rancho La Puerta

The property in Tecate, Mexico will debut three new Villas Cielo — or “heavenly villas” — this October.

The Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico, will debut three new Villas Cielo—or “heavenly villas"—this October. The Azul, Terra, and Verde villas will emphasize wellness and the natural beauty of the surrounding environment. Designed by Nicole Petersen of Petersen Design Management, the villas will have traditional Mexican style with contemporary touches from local artisans, Mexican-inspired artwork and custom furniture.

Each casita will have an individual character and theme. There will be blue details at the water-inspired Cielo Azul; green hues will represent nature in Cielo Verde; and terracotta shades will be found in Cielo Terra.

Boasting an indoor-outdoor aesthetic across 2,200 square feet, villas will feature glass doors looking out on the property’s lush gardens and private terraces with views of the surrounding mountains. Master suites will overlook flexible living rooms that can be converted into residential gyms or offices. Outdoor showers, warm saltwater dipping pools, daybeds, and hammocks will also be available.

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The refurbishment focused on guestrooms and hallways along with exterior painting and lighting upgrades.

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