Pablo Escobar’s Tulum Mansion Transformed into Luxury Accommodation
Previous Pablo Escobar’s Tulum Mansion was turned into an art-filled luxury villa by prominent art dealer
New York based art dealer Lio Malca transformed the once owned Pablo Escobar home into a stunning, art-filled luxury hotel in the Mexican beach resort of Tulum.
The property was abandoned after Escobar – the world’s wealthiest-ever drug lord, who built and acquired many properties for himself across the Americas – died in 1993.
The luxury villa was rediscovered in 2003 and returned to its original owner, before Malca stumbled upon the mansion in 2012 and bought it soon after.
He has since embarked on an ongoing project to overhaul the buildings and surrounding land into a five-star hotel, operated by Design Hotels.
It opened with nine bedrooms in 2015, but Malca is constantly adding to the site, which hugs 180 metres of white sand beach.
After a short drive along a winding palm-lined track, guests arrive at a forecourt covered with Persian rugs.
A pair of giant doors disguised in a huge wall covered in tree bark form the principal entrance.
Inside the lobby, paintings, sculptures and elegant furniture by some of the most revered contemporary artists and designers are displayed against white walls and polished concrete floors.
The art across the hotel is frequently rotated, so returning guests can enjoy different works.
Other ground-floor rooms in the villa include a bar lined with graphic black-and-white wallpaper.
A spiral staircase provides access to the roof, where a terrace bar frequently hosts events and a tower offers views over the lush tropical landscape.
There’s also a hidden underground steam room that lights up in different colours like a James Turrell installation, and exits directly to the pool.
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