Farryn Weiner

Papaya Playa Project

  • Where:Tulum
  • Why:To find (and lose) my mind.
  • When:January 2013
  • Who:Me + A Partner in Crime
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Private pool, private beach, private sunrise.

Communal lounge areas are dispersed throughout the property.
Sit down, spark a conversation.

Wake up warm in your cabana after a night under the mosquito net.

Swing the day away in your personal hammock.

Velvet sand and cozy beds line the beach.

Walk to work…out. Morning yoga classes are held at a palapa just down the shore.

The freshest way to start the day with breakfast at Papaya.
(Don’t skip the Kiwi drink).

Climb some Mayan ruins, just a few miles from the property.

Rent a car – it’s worth it if you’re venturing from Ruins to Biosphere and back.

A bird watching over the beach at Zamas.

The entrance to Papaya Playa.

Highs & Lows

  • The largest private beach in the Riviera Maya, and one of the most beautiful in the world as far as I’m concerned .

  • Sexy, sensual vibe – Ibiza or Mykonos sans the party-til dawn ethos.

  • There's a Temazcal on property so you can sweat out the city.

  • Hammocks. Amen.

  • A natural rocky ledge raises the oceanfront cabanas from the sand resulting in some difficult terrain after a drink or two.

  • Not all casitas come with private bathrooms, be sure to book appropriately.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 41/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Back-to-Basics Beachfront Boutique

  • Vibe

    Spirited, sensual stay meets no-fuss glamping.

  • Location

    Perfectly located between the Siaan Ka’an UNESCO site and Tulum Ruins, directly centered on the beach side of town.

  • Rooms

    85 Cabanas

  • Music

    Balearic Beats (DJ is on tap all day and night in the common area)

  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    Design Hotels

  • Pool/Gym

    Fresh water plunge pools are arranged throughout the property

  • Restaurant

    Beachfront eats (go for the shrimp tacos!)

  • Bar

    Cue cocktails at 5pm; expect a cool, calm, chilled out crowd.

  • Children

    Get yourself a babysitter; this one is for adults only.

  • Price

    You pay for the real estate! What it lacks in luxury it makes up for in must-have beach front.

Jungle to table.

Hartwood Restaurant

Carretera Tulum Boca Paila 7.6Km, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

Jungle to table.

Daytime tacos + Sol sipping a la plage.

Zamas Tulum

Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila Km. 5, Zona Hotelera, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

Daytime tacos + Sol sipping a la plage.

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