We’re back from vacation today, just in time for LTLYDA monthly contributor, Tina Ramchandani of Life in Sketch to whisk us away to the latest design hotel destination!! Tina’s Interior Design Hotels column appears on the fourth Wednesdays of the month.
Hello again! It’s Tina from Life in Sketch back with this month’s Interior Design Hotel. I find it a little strange that I’ve never been to Mexico. It’s one of the easiest places for me to travel to, because it’s so close. Somehow I’ve never made it though. On my first trip to Mexico I’d like to visit Papaya Playa Project located in Tulum, on the Caribbean coast. It’s more than just a destination getaway, it’s a resort for like-minded, creative individuals to connect with themselves, each other, and nature.
Papaya Playa Project was created by Claus Sendlinger or Design Hotels and Emelio Heredia of Papaya Playa Beach Bungalow Resort. The project started as a temporary pop up hotel in 2011 but was well received and is still going strong.
Papaya Playa Project is made up of 80 rustic cabanas, in a variety of styles, so there’s something for every budget. The simple yet luxurious cabanas range from casitas with private terraces to shared lodgings with bunk beds and communal bathhouses. Also available at Papaya Playa is the Beach House, which has it’s own private plunge pool, meditation balcony and natural cave.
All cabanas are eco friendly, built with natural materials including palapa roofing, wood / plaster composite walls and bamboo window coverings. While the furnishings are simplistic they are functional and charming.
Along with the natural environment and 800 meter secluded beach, Papaya Playa is home to a restaurant and beach club that serves simple Mexican food, paired with music by international DJs. Behind the cabanas is a spa in the form of a series of outdoor treatment spaces as well as two indoor treatment spaces. Yoga classes are held at 8:30 am Monday through Saturday.
Papaya Playa Project has two goals. It would like to help it’s guest reconnect with nature, and with themselves as well as connecting global and local for their guests. While the cuisine is mostly local, international cuisine is integrated into the menu as well. The music is fairly international, as well as inspiring lectures and readings that are held frequently.
I’d love to take my first Mexican vacation and visit the Papaya Playa! I know I’d return feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. What do you think of a mini-break at Papaya Playa? Would this be your ideal vacation? I’ll be back next month with another vacation and another Design Hotel. See you soon!