Design Hotels Pops Up on Papaya Playa

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Retail, art and dining options have been “popping” into temporary existence all around the world, and Design Hotels is also part of the trend. What started in December 2o11 as a pop-up hotel, the Papaya Playa Project by Design Hotels has remained home to 80 rustic cabanas over a stretch of Caribbean coastline in Tulum, Mexico.

“Our idea was to create a transitory, yet culturally rooted experience,” says Claus Sendlinger, founder and CEO of Design Hotels. “A playful communal concept is at the fore here—whether it’s spontaneous creativity at the amphitheater, beach jam sessions or inviting innovative companies to explore the ultimate green workspace.”

The pop-up camp features the food, music, design and wellness concepts of the area, while focusing on the intangible qualities like the sense of community, connection and belonging, personality and vision.

Rates start at $85 per night. For more information, visit