Mystery + Luxury at Casa Silencio in Xaagá, Mexico

Solar-powered and self-sustaining, this agave-surrounded hacienda overflows with color, texture and character

Casa Silencio (which officially opens its doors tomorrow, 15 September) sits at the base of a mountain within Silent Valley just outside the small town of Xaagá, Oaxaca. The stunning, solar-powered hacienda—from the founders of Mezcal El Silencio, Vicente Cisneros and Fausto Zapata—is full of juxtapositions. Comprising just six suites, a large indoor/outdoor dining room, bar area, library and boutique-meets-lobby, it feels simultaneously opulent and …

An Idyllic Yurt in Northern Ontario

A hand-built escape on 600 acres with a private river

Shara Gibson isn’t your typical landlord. In 2013, she took the internet by storm with two tracks that demonstrate her haunting songwriting abilities and vocal prowess. But music isn’t Gibson’s only passion project. For the last few years, the Canadian singer has been busy building a yurt in Northern Ontario with her family—from scratch. The result—a remote and charmed escape, set on 600 acres along …