Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Stylish, sustainable palapa huts on a seemingly deserted stretch of white-sand Caribbean coastline. Time in these thatched cabañas on the Riviera Maya in hippy-chic Tulum tunes you into a spiritual side – even if that just means Mayan-influenced spa treatments and mezcal-infused cocktails.
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Style & character
When Papaya Playa relaunched in 2011 as a Design Hotels pop-up, high thread-count sheets and fluffy towels upgraded it from eco retreat to boutique barefoot-luxury resort. Materials are organic and textures deliberately raw – the original huts appear fashioned from twigs while the new casitas are molded from concrete mixed with chukun-tree resin. Senses are connected to nature without distraction – the visionary founder Emilio Heredia calls it “primitive sophistication” and his reverence for the environment is inspiring here on prime land that five-star all-inclusives would kill for.
Carretera Tulum-Bocapaila KM 4.5, Tulum, 77780, Mexico.