Lio Malca has spent the last 20 years bringing emerging artists into the limelight, namely with his eponymous gallery in New York and his retrospectives at the city’s Whitney Museum. His latest venture — Casa Malca — allows him to continue his passion within the frame of hospitality.
Originally built by Pablo Escobar, the infamous Colombian drug lord, in the 1980s as his private estate — and abandoned following his death in 1993 — this property sits along one of the most private oceanfront stretches in Tulum, Mexico.
Tulum is a place of myth and mystery, of Mayan temples, and majestic cliffs. Now, on its most exclusive and quiet southern end, comes Casa Malca. Set along a private beach, perhaps the widest of the endless white sand beaches in this corner of the Yucatan peninsula, the resort marries three spiritually inspiring elements — world-class contemporary art, nature, and laid-back luxury. For the project, Lio Malca has meticulously restored it and passionately curated its phenomenal works of art from his personal collection, including original contemporary artworks, sculptures, photography, and new media works.
But Casa Malca is a work of art in itself, set in a natural wonderland surrounded by a lush jungle and including three welcoming pools. For the creative visionaries handling the stellar renovation here, the job was as much archaeology as architecture, as the pools had been consumed by a huge sand dune. Though the property has the feel of an intimate beach house, the newly renovated resort utilizes eco-friendly construction that creates a warm, rustic feel.
Casa Malca’s airy rooms present an eclectic mix of color, contour, and luxury, while floor-to-ceiling windows open onto a breathtaking view of the beach, or the refreshing colors of its organic gardens. The public spaces incorporate Mayan themes, natural wood, and large windows for maximum exposure to the sun, and bursts of color that serve to inspire guests and add zest to the resort’s locally sourced, organic cuisine. Here, luxury abounds with Egyptian cotton linens, rainfall showers, locally made artisanal products, and bold colors that embrace the creative spirit that flows through the property.
Immerse into a world of art while enjoying the glorious sun, bathing in beautiful crystal clear waters and walking on amazing white sand beaches.