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Hey Narcos Fans! Stay In Pablo Escobar's Mansion Turned Luxury Resort In Tulum
Jené Shaw
byJené Shaw

If you’re fascinated by the history of Pablo Escobar (hey there, Narcos fans) or fancy yourself an art buff, this luxury boutique hotel—formerly owned by the infamous drug kingpin—will satisfy your appetite for both.

Located on the Gulf of Mexico in Tulum, Mexico, Casa Malca faces out to a white-sand beach on one side and a lush green jungle to the other. The main house offers nine eclectic, well-appointed suites and an additional row of beachfront villas bring the total up to 41 rooms, with more still to come. The whole resort is super eco-conscious, constructed using local materials and outfitted with organic cotton and bamboo linens.


Photography: Casa Malca | Nihan Gorkem

From Escobar to Art Collector
After his death in 1993, many of Escobar’s properties were abandoned, including this mansion in Tulum. It was rediscovered in 2003, bought in 2012 by New York art dealer Lio Malca, and revamped into a contemporary five-star resort by 2015.


Photography: Casa Malca 

Funky Vibes Inside, Relaxing Vibes Outside
The hotels floors are polished concrete and the walls are bright white, making the funky artwork stand out in true gallery fashion. Floor-to-ceiling windows throughout let in tons of natural light, and bright red pops of color and natural wood accents make the property feel warm and rustic.
Outside, you can either relax poolside or claim one of the swaying hammocks near the water. Looking for even more Zen? Book a massage in your room or a private yoga session on your terrace.


Photography: Casa Malca | Whitney Cummings

Fare With Mayan Flair
The restaurant features two restaurants—Philosophy and Ambrosia—which use ingredients from the hotel’s garden and local vendors. Start your day with a tropical plate of juicy pineapples, papaya and dragon fruit. In the evening, sample the grilled shrimp tacos and flavorful ceviche seasoned with homegrown herbs and spices. Many of the Mexican dishes are prepared using ancestral Mayan techniques.


Photography: Casa Malca


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