March 4, 2019

Casa Pueblo by M Studio is Ready Made for Global Nomads in Tulum

Local Yucatán tiles lead to a lounge with custom banquettes and stools and antique pottery. Photo by Britney Gill and The Hideaway.

Tulum, Mexico has become a mandatory stop on the jet-set circuit thanks in no small part to Derek Klein, whose 2011 Gitano bar and restaurant was a smash hit. Now comes the 16-key boutique hotel Casa Pueblo, a 15,000-square-foot collaboration with co-owner Omar Rodriguez and M Studio’s Mike Moser. “We were inspired by the urbanization that has been taking place over the last decade in Tulum,” Klein says, “and the rich colonial architecture found in Mexico.”

That mix of traditional and contemporary resulted in what Klein calls “tropical minimalism.” There are airy atriums and garden terraces with saltwater pools, unified by handmade plaster sconces by Justin James Grant and furniture made of local hardwood. Guests can take a bike to the beach, just two miles away, then return to relax on custom Luuna memory-foam beds with luxe Parachute Home bedding, or beneath walk-in rain showers in the ensuite bathrooms, which center around hand-sculpted concrete sinks—all of which will no doubt only increase the appeal for the global nomad.

The door to the first-floor mezzanine is fabricated from a local hardwood called pocte; the stairs and walls are both custom plaster. Photo by Nicole Gerulat.
A custom tzalam stool with a woven leather seat sits between windows dressed with linen curtains. Photo by Nicole Gerulat.
Mike Moser designed the second-floor balcony in steel with a matte black varnish. Photo by Britney Gill and The Hideaway.
A new terrace of washed black plaster houses custom loungers by the pool. Photo by Benjamin Holtrop.
A native chaca tree shades a custom pocte dining table and benches in the hotel’s central atrium. Photo by Benjamin Holtrop.
Custom copper stools feature leather seats. Photo by Benjamin Holtrop.

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