Set in the exclusive southern end of Tulum, next to the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve
Reputedly the former home of Pablo Escobar, now owned by art collector Lio Malca
Utterly unique, this hotel has a sense of style like nowhere else
Casa Malca is a very unique hotel. The owner's love of art has had a huge impact on the design of the property and orginal artworks from Lio Malca's collection are spread around the hotel. The entrance must be one of the most instagrammed spots in Tulum, although only guests staying within the hotel going to get access as security is tight. Casa Malca is the only boutique hotel in Tulum without a name sign outside, instead just a security guard waits with a clipboard and only those fortunate enough to have a reservation are getting in. The doors to the hotel are absolutely enormous, and chairs and a sofa hang down on each side outside. Within the hotel there are countless sculptures and quirky pieces that give it a huge amount of character. The atmosphere is a relaxed one, with hammocks, swings and loungers and a definite barefoot vibe.
The forty-two rooms and suites are modern with lots of grey concrete and huge one-way glass windows. The almost industrial feel to the interiors is balanced out by the colourful artwork and sculptures, and the enormous windows let in lots of light and offer wonderful views. The beachfront rooms cost more than the garden view rooms but the increase in price is worthwhile for the incredible views of palms and ocean before you.
As well as the main restaurant 'Philosophy', which serves a variety of local dishes and international fusion cuisine, there is a roof-top bar with 360 degree views and the perfect spot to watch the sun setting over the jungle.
Casa Malva has three swimming pools, one of which has a subterranean level that is very James Bond worthy. There isn't a spa as such but massages can be arranged within the rooms. Beach pilates and yoga are also offered.
Casa Malca is set on Tulum's beachfront road, at the southern end of this fashionable town. This end of the strip is the peaceful end, just next to the protected Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. Spread along the beachfront are a multitude of boutique shops, restaurants and bars, all within cycling or walking from distance from Casa Malca, or just a one minute drive away. The hotel is set on the beach, with the Caribbean sea just 25 yards from the building and the main swimming pool lying on the white sand between ocean and hotel.
With it's history of being the Tulum hideaway of Pablo Escobar, and now owned by renowned art collector Lio Malca, it's no surprise that Casa Malca is exceptional. This quirky property is loved by celebrities, models and bloggers alike and a stay here feels like a visit to the house of a particularly stylish friend. The dramatic entrance has quite the impact, and the wow factor continues throughout the hotel. If you love contemporary and eclectic style then Casa Malca is likely to be your dream getaway.
Children of all ages are welcome at Casa Malca and baby cots can be added to all rooms for free. As there are no specific child facilities though this tends to be more of an adult-orientated property .