Destination Design: Riviera Maya + Tulum

Destination Design: Riviera Maya + Tulum


The destination design series slipped my mind in March so it’s back for April, and this month’s feature is the Riviera Maya on the east coast of Mexico. I visited a few years ago with a cousin, she invited me to stay with her in the Grand Sirenes resort and it was a blissful experience. Although it was a 90 minute journey by van from Cancun airport, once you arrive in the region you understand why so many people love to visit the Riviera Maya.

Tulum is a hotspot right now even during Covid, drawing influencers and investors for its desirable beaches, bars, and weather. Builders have taken extra steps to use indigenous materials in construction of the resorts, villas, and homes. Inside and out you’ll spy a lot of wood, woven materials, plaster and stone. Structures are often constructed of concrete due to climate and pests.

Like the last destination design feature of the Amalfi Coast, here are a few takeaways from browsing the various vacation rentals and boutique hotels that draw people to the Riviera Maya.

 

Add woven textiles above the bed as an alternative to art.

source: airbnb

 

Make a statement on a patio with patterned tile. Add a bamboo bar with unique cube shelving.

hotel tiki tiki

 

Get creative with materials.

source: airbnb

  

 

  Branches make beautiful staircase railings.

zorba cinco

 

 

A colorful rug brightens any space.

casa alaya

 

 

Weathered tree stumps always make great end tables.

casa arena

 

Create a dimensional wall with various sizes and depths of timber.

casa malca

 

 

Add colorful yarn tassels to woven light fixtures.

cn traveler

 

 

Stripped branches make stunning privacy walls.

source: airbnb

 

Create relaxing seating by blurring the lines between bench and walls.

zorba uno

 

Stone walls make timeless backdrops.

 una vida

 

A hammock is always a good idea.

the beach – tulum

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More destination design features coming later this year. 🙂



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