Centered on an open-air kitchen, Tulum Treehouse is a hybrid guesthouse that facilitates exchange between artisans, chefs, farmers, artists and designers toward the preservation and evolution of Mexican craft traditions.
Joana Gomes, COLAB Design Office "Inspired by the works of Luis Barragán, each room is designed around the surrounding nature. Framed views through handcrafted surfaces create new compositions throughout the day, reviving genuine connections with the natural world."
Designed by COLAB Design Office with interior curation by Annabell Kutucu, Tulum Treehouse encompasses five guest rooms, an open-air restaurant, a working studio with an outdoor ceramics kiln and a shop by Xinú, the Mexican botanical perfumery. Windows open to outdoor dining areas, and a massive 20-person rooftop dining table looks out onto spectacular views of endless jungle. Our makers come from very different backgrounds but are united in their commitment to using local, organic, sustainable materials whenever possible toward the creation of a uniquely beautiful and welcoming collaborative space.
Situated between tropical jungle and the Caribbean coastline on Tulum’s vibrant, hectic Beach Road, the Treehouse is a cultural beacon of the once-sleepy village in the midst of rapid transformation. Like the Marrakesh Medina or South Beach in the '80s, today’s Tulum is a place of chaos, promise and potential. At its creative heart is the Treehouse, where weekly talks, musical performances, craft workshops, ecological seminars and artists residencies draw inspiration from the rich culture of the Yucatán and nurture a dynamic conversation about the future of Tulum.
Locally sourced Tzalam wood contrasts throughout the house with polished white cement. Stay with us and experience the intersection of exceptional international design with local artisanal traditions and craftsmanship.
Ranging from 15 to 85 square meters, each room at Tulum Treehouse offers a variation on the experience of staying in a private home. Some feature outdoor showers and private terraces overlooking the mangrove jungle.
The Kitchen at Tulum Treehouse revels in the natural bounty of Mexico and the diversity of its regional cuisine. Rotating, seasonal dishes are cooked over an open fire fueled exclusively by wood. Corn, the heart and soul of Mexican food culture, is finely ground with a stone mill and prepared using techniques going back to pre-Hispanic times, including ancient forms of fermentation. Together we engage in discourse on the future of food culture, through workshops, experimentation and artistic collaborations led by Edoardo Fiaschi, Slow's executive chef who comes to us by way of Noma. Closed during the day to all but overnight guests, we open in the evening for those with dinner reservations.
Simon, Tulum Treehouse Master Barman"The collaboration with Xinú has allowed us to create new delicious and interesting cocktails that let our guests really taste the jungle and the aromatic plants for which this area is so well known."
We invite our residents to investigate new cultural dialogues and possibilities for traditional knowledge preservation. Recent artists-in-residence include Carlito Dalceggio, a visual artist whose work interweaves mythology with reflections on Mayan traditions and ancient clay techniques, and Uxii, a self-taught artist and ceramicist from Merida investigating pre-Hispanic clay sculpture. Artisan-in-residence Francisca Ocampo, a master potter from the Oaxacan town of Santa María Atzompa, built the kiln in the garden and created the ceramics currently in use in the kitchen and available in the Store.
Uxii, Ceramicist and Artist-in-Residence“I think that to work with a material you have to know it completely, know what its features offer, and recognize its possibilities. Working directly with one of the last Mayan potter families through this residency has been essential to the development of my work."
From film screenings and live musical performances to workshops, talks and exhibitions, we curate a year-round cultural program devoted to the cultivation of arts, crops and inner gardens.