DESIGN & Architecture

The design of the hotel evokes the traditional Mayan way of building. Papaya Playa Project adopted “Chukum,” a technique used by the Maya to cool the interiors of buildings made principally with the resin of a tree with the same name. This is used on the palapas, as well as on the interiors as an insulation system. Our architecture is always functional and simple, using local traditions and wisdom, allowing Guests to interact more with Nature as the principal. The interiors are all designed with local traditional materials and textiles use by the Mexican natives from different regions.




Our inspiration is our love for Nature, the simplicity of the jungle and the sea, the elements of Mother Earth through a simple interaction. The ultimate luxury in most of the casitas and cabañas is the private porch and plunge pools, where hammocks gently swing guests into sync with Tulum’s laid-back rhythm.  The travel professionals all had the same tale to tell: Their uber-wealthy clients, who were very familiar with the highest forms of comfort that money could buy, all loved Papaya Playa for its “barefoot luxury.”