Carretera Fed, Av. Boca Paila km 9.5, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Photo courtesy of Casa Malca
Casa MalcaWhy We Love It With vibrant art and industrial elements, the hotel is a city slicker–approved beach retreat Highlights: -A staircase connected to the main pool area brings shade seekers to a secret indoor pool. -Fresh-baked breads by pastry chef Simone Colla are served daily at the hotel’s Filosofía restaurant. -The entrance features a rare sculpture by pop artist KAWS and vintage armchairs hung like swings from the ceiling. The people watching is just as entertaining as the artwork at Casa Malca, a mansion once maintained by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar but now owned by New York gallerist and art collector Leo Malca. Set on a Caribbean-facing swath of sand next to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and a short bike ride from Tulum’s beachfront boutiques and restaurants, the hotel’s 71 rooms feature polished concrete floors, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the ocean, and bold artwork from Malca’s personal collection. The lobby bar is covered in a graphic black-and-white print inspired by Keith Haring, while antique baby dolls adorn the walls in one of the hotel’s three restaurants. The pool and beach areas are more sedate, with cerulean daybeds and colorful hammocks studded like jewels among the leafy palms.