Situated amidst dense jungle, Tulum Treehouse is a five-bedroom hotel where local artisans, builders, craftspeople and international designers have united in the quest of creating a stylish space where sustainability is paramount.
An imposing white concrete structure, Tulum Treehouse manages to blend into its environment through the use of locally-sourced Tzalam wood, textiles, ceramics, Oaxacan rugs and bespoke furnishings. Guests — able to rent either the three bedrooms in the main house, or the property as a whole — are treated to spacious wrap-around terraces, indoor and alfresco dining options (including a 20-person space on the rooftop), hammocks swaying among lush palms, and much-welcomed outdoor showers.
Set along a beach road near the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, you’re slap bang in the middle of Mexico’s natural beauty; the Caribbean coastline and Yucatán Peninsula a short hop away. Although enveloped by seclusion, central Tulum and all it has to offer is easily accessible.
Tulum-based architecture studio Co-Lab Design Office envisaged a sustainable space at this Design Hotels property — as such, the Treehouse relies on a full solar setup with a back-up generator, and a two-pronged water treatment and irrigation system to help preserve the fragile ecosystem. Hair dryers, irons, and other heat sources are not allowed on site; this is a moment to embrace the escapism of living naturally and away from perceived ‘luxuries’.
Annabell Kutucu, who worked on projects like San Giorgio Mykonos and Scorpios Mykonos, was in charge of the interior design; honing a space that fuses old and new, rough and smooth; textures and materials echoing the freedom of living sustainably alongside nature.