On the Yucatan peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico you’ll find Casa Malca, the luxury boutique hotel that was once the home of renowned drug lord Pablo Escobar. Escobar’s life of crime, which inspired the Netflix series Narcos, ended in December 1993 and following his death the beachfront mansion remained empty for a decade.
Rediscovered in 2003, the property has been renovated into a luxury boutique hotel by renowned New York art collector, Lio Malca. The LuxPad takes a look around…
A spacious beachfront villa perched above the sand, Casa Malca is a vacation destination unlike any other. The property has been carefully expanded and meticulously restored by Lio Malca, who has filled the hotel with works of contemporary art from his personal collection, including pieces from Keith Haring, Marion Peck and KAWS.
Housing 10 spacious rooms in the main house and a further 32 rooms throughout the property, it provides tranquil accommodation for individuals, couples and families.
Each room presents an eclectic mix of color, contour and luxury. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, they offer unparalleled views across the beach or the hotel’s lush organic gardens and are enhanced with sustainable linens made from pesticide free cotton with rayon made from bamboo.
Casa Malca’s restaurant is committed to modern and light cuisine that is nurtured with local ingredients. Offering a mix of traditional Mexican dishes and world cuisines, they handpick quality ingredients from local small businesses to ensure utmost quality and freshness in every dish.
The surrounding area of Tulum, which is known for its vibrant blue waters and white sand beaches, is the perfect place to unwind, indulge in world-class spa treatments and shop handmade goods by local artisans. If you prefer to take in the local culture, you can spot turtles and fish as you snorkel in the Gran Cenote, or explore the well-preserved Mayan ruins on top of a limestone cliff.