Once Pablo Escobar’s Private Getaway, Now a Luxury Hotel: The Casa Malca
Infamous drug kingpin Pablo Escobar once owned a stunning mansion in Tulum, México, a small Yucatán town by the Caribbean Sea. Now, it is a luxury hotel with 40 rooms and suites, renovated to perfection by renowned art dealer Lio Malca. The Casa Malca, at about $515 per night, permits guests to privately wander the picturesque beaches of México, clear blue water a complement to the white sand.
Having featured retrospectives at New York’s Whitney Museum, Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and other venues, Lio Malca’s designs ensure Casa Malca is a work of art itself. The contemporary artwork, sculptures and photography within the rooms showcase Mayan and Mexican culture and history. Many are also from Malca’s private collection. Their rich colors enliven rooms and make Casa Malca a true island getaway, shaded by the lush jungles of the Yucatán Peninsula.
Enriched by the local environment, Casa Malca embraces the warmth of nature. Guests feel wholly relaxed throughout their stay, both out in the sunshine and within their spacious rooms. Yoga, three pools, floor-to-ceiling windows, expansive gardens and a staircase to the roof are a few of the amenities. Delicious, healthy cuisine, made from local ingredients, is also always on the menu.
Guests can traverse a number of island destinations, such as the Coba Temple or the Cenotes. Nearly 140 feet tall, tourists climb the Coba Temple, and meet the sun’s gaze once they reach the top. The Cenotes are natural swimming holes with underwater caves that feature beautiful stalagmites and stalactites as well as colonies of exotic fish. They’re formed from the collapse of porous limestone bedrock, making the water rich in minerals.
Casa Malca’s airy, sea salt breeze, private setting and beautiful views make it a popular wedding destination. Guests are wholly welcome to reserve their special day near the coastline, vows spoken amidst the gentle crashing of waves. Any other kind of private event, tailored to a guest’s particular needs, can also be hosted through Casa Malca. A multitude of unforgettable memories are ensured during one’s stay.