Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

August 17, 2017
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Mexico’s pop-up paradise

In November, we told you to ditch cookie-cutter hotel rooms for alternative accommodations like serviced apartments or vacation rentals (Comforts of Home, November 2011, page 104). This month, we’ve got another suggestion for you — if “raw-luxe” cabanas in Tulum, Mexico is your kind of thing. A Design Hotels project, Papaya Playa is a temporary (until May 5) beach resort that consists of 99 thatch-roofed cabanas in six different styles ranging from oceanfront casitas — 60-square-metre homes with an outdoor living room, king and double beds, and a private bathroom — to 18-square-metre, concrete-floor garden cabanas with a private bathroom or even jungle cabanas with a bunk bed and a shared bathroom. The resort’s main resto features a clay oven and an open-air grill; its Raw Food Bar by Copenhagen’s 42°RAW won’t cook anything above, you guessed it, 42°C. There’s a Beach Shack, of course, for drinks and snacks, and its indoor/outdoor Neo Spa uses Mayan Shaman secrets to pamper the mind as well as the body. From US$70 to US$445 a night. papayaplayaproject.com; designhotels.com.

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