How about a getaway in one of Colombia’s notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar’s hideaway mansion in Tulum, México? Well, it might sound a little weird, but the mansion once owned by the most powerful man in Colombia during the 1980s and 90s is now a lavish resort worth millions.
After Escobar was killed by the Colombian National Police in 1993, the property was neglected, until 2012, when a New York based art pundit Lio Malca decided to renovate it and enhanced it with trendy artwork from his collection.
So all the Narcos fans out there, are you ready for one hell of a vacation in one of Tulum’s secluded nook surrounded by dense vegetation and beachfront mansion with soothing blue waters?
Where is it?
Casa Malca, a tropical paradise is nestled on an undisturbed beach of the Yucatan peninsula in Tulum, México.
But apart from the gorgeous art-filled interior, the mansion is quite extraordinary in itself as it offers 71 suites and beach rooms, along with three swimming pools, one which is built underground, restaurants serving traditional and modern dishes hailing from Mexico, and two bars serving chilled margaritas for its guests. Casa Malca also has a number of wooden cabanas lined up on the white sand for its guests to view the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean sea, hammocks hanging between the palm trees to get soaked in some vitamin D and a 360-degree view terrace in the middle of a lush green forest for experiencing an Instagram worthy sunset of Tulum.
How to get there?
One can get to Casa Malca by air, as the Cancún International Airport (CUN) receives flights from a number of international airports, like that of the USA and the UK.
A 2-hour bus ride from the Cancún International Airport (CUN) to Tulum’s Ado Bus Station is a quick option to reach Casa Malca via Playa del Carmen. Various private cabs and rentals cars are available from the airport to Casa Malca costing between 300 to 3000 pesos. Reservation for a private airport transfer can also be made at the resort in advance.
Moreover, for accommodation, Casa Malca offers its guests a wide variety of well-appointed suites and beach rooms to choose from, each varying in size and price and equipped with modern amenities.
What to do?
For recreational and relaxation activities guests can stroll in the sugar-like white sand or sunbathe and develop tan-lines, relax in the hammocks or cabanas, take a dip in the blue-tiled swimming pool or the Caribbean sea or discover the mansion filled with contemporary art.
Casa Malca also offers other leisurely stirs, like yoga, spa and surfing along with meditation in the light-changing underground swimming pool which also acts as a steam room.
Guests can also discover the outside of the resort and unravel the ruins of Tulum, as it has a history dating back to the 13th century. Guests can also roam in a number of national parks, or swim in one of Tulum’s famous cenotes, or go bird watching, observe the dolphins and turtles, fly fishing and snorkel at the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve via certain boat tours.
Last but not least, if you’re not a fan of the overly populated tourist wave which is usually between January to March, then you can also visit Tulum between October to December.