A PRIVATE JUNGLE RETREAT IN MEXICO
Light and shadows played a significant part in the architecture firm’s design plans.
The hard, geometric shapes of the Treehouse structure were softened with soft furnishings in local materials.
The stand-alone Garden Suite offers two bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as wooden decks and terraces.
Interior designer Annabell Kutucu picked furniture and accessories that complete the retreat’s nature-inspired look.
Majestic Mayan ruins, an amazing view of the Caribbean Sea, and a tropical jungle that stretches out for miles – it would be hard not to be inspired by this idyllic site. However, the Tulum Treehouse is not only named after the Mexican coastal town in which it is located, but is a culmination of the community that calls it home, too.
This five-bedroom hideaway, designed by Tulum-based architecture firm Co-Lab Design Office and in collaboration with local builders, sits among vibrant jungle foliage. Swaying palm trees cast soft shadows on the property’s angular silhouettes and sand-hued concrete, while the wrap-around terraces – available in each room – give guests gentle breezes and a full view of its surroundings.
Sustainability is a priority here, and the design team minimises carbon footprint by sourcing for local and regional artisans and materials – from the abundant Tzalam wood to accessories like handwoven baskets by Rosalinda, textiles by Mexican label Caravana, and Oaxacan rugs found at Mexico City’s weekend antique market. Even the organic skincare and aromatic amenities by Lolita Lolita are based on the region’s health rituals, using all-natural, indigenous ingredients like aloe vera, chile and honey.
This “one-of-a-kind reinterpretation of jungle living” is all part of Tulum Treehouse’s venture into a new hospitality model. Juan Pablo Heredia, partner of the Tulum Treehouse, says: “Today’s nomads seek genuine experiences through a respect and appreciation of local traditions, food, music, and rituals – the true connectors between people and any given destination. We want to educate guests on this sense of community and the ability to live symbiotically with your environment.”
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