A natural jewel nestles between the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Madre del Sur mountain range that snakes through the Mexican state of Oaxaca. A top-ten surfing and popular fishing destination, the tiny coastal town of Puerto Escondido invites with its laid-back atmosphere and beachside vibe. Hoteliers Carlos Couturier and Moisés Micha, the duo behind Grupo Habita, have transformed a pristine stretch of Oaxacan coastline into a private paradise for beach bums and thrill seekers alike.
Airport PXM Puerto Escondido International / Mexico
Carlos Couturier & Moises Micha
The Power of Passion
Carlos Couturier and Moises Micha own twelve hotels in Mexico, one in Manhattan, and two in Chicago, and they are almost always on the move. Recently they added an exciting new property to their roster of unusually cool—The Robey is a hip new star in Chicago’s heavens.
For Carlos Couturier and Moises Micha building hotels that reflect their surroundings is more than just a job: it is the passion that drove these two Mexican entrepeneurs to leave their respective former lives in the citrus growing business.
“We use a local team every time we build a hotel, and we read the surroundings and their traditions to integrate the local culture into our project.”
They met during university and quickly became friends, ending up joining forces in the real estate business. The transformation to building a hotel collection focused on art and design came naturally; both are avid art collectors and active in the Mexican art community. Couturier and Micha are passionately committed to investing in the regions in which they build their hotels, from Mexico to the United States. “We use a local team every time we build a hotel, and we read the surroundings and their traditions to integrate the local culture into our project,” Couturier explains. Both are naturally very mobile, jet-setting from one art fair and hotel to the next, but without ever losing track of home and their families.
Certain rituals, such as Friday dinners with the family in Mexico City, are important to Micha, who is single and lives in an apartment within their hotel Distrito Capital. Their newest project, The Robey, captures the storied spirit of Chicago—a bustling, ever-changing city, and stands out as one of the neighborhood’s most distinguishable landmarks thanks to its triangular prism shape. With the success of their friendship and partnership spilling over into their brand Grupo Habita, it is sure to make its mark on the Windy City.