It’s hard to imagine a more peaceful time than twilight at the Tulum Treehouse. The sun retreats beneath the horizon, gently illuminating the soft curves of white washed concrete in soft pink light. The day clutches on to the stillness of the surrounding mangroves before the jungle is flooded with the sounds of life after-dark. You might take in the lush landscape from beneath a wide brimmed hat while sipping on a mint-packed mojito. If you can bear another. But we imagine that such a blissful moment would seem to stretch all day long in this paradise. After all, the guest house, located on the edge of a dense jungle, is as secluded and tranquil as accommodation comes.
Using locally sourced Tzalam wood to allow the home to blend seamlessly into its habitat, Co-Lab Design Office have created a treehouse that acts as both a retreat from, and homage to, its surroundings. Inside, interior designer Annabell Kutucu has worked with local artisans to produce bespoke furnishings that add textural highlights to the minimalist architecture. Baskets woven from Bejuco - a vine that is harvested by hand at the full moon - are dotted throughout. Fallen trees from the region of Veracruz have been repurposed into furniture by local carpenters Jorge and Rita. Oaxacan rugs, local ceramics, and feature pieces sourced from Mexico City’s antiques market complete the picture. The effect is one of primitive luxury, where a deep respect to the land and its people is unfurled through refined attention to detail and a balanced eye.
This is a place to celebrate, with wrap-around balconies that beg for dinner parties and rooms that provide seclusion from the communal areas. Upstairs, a rooftop provides the perfect vantage point to view the adjacent national park, which is home to jaguars, panthers, crocodiles, and dolphins, as well as Mayan ruins and pyramids. In short, the Tulum Treehouse is exotic paradise found, and we can’t wait to get lost in its beauty.
Photography: Brechenmacher & Baumann Photography