On our last day in Tulum, we went to visit the infamous "Pablo Escobar Mansion" also known as Casa Malca - which is now a hotel. This place is literally a hidden gem. It's located pretty far down Tulum Beach and is very ducked off. So if you don't know about it beforehand, you probably won't hear much about it or see it. Pablo's mansion was abandoned after he died in '93. After being rediscovered in 2003, Lio Malca - a New York based contemporary art dealer bought the mansion and turned it into a luxury hotel then renamed - Casa Malca. Many places down Tulum Beach have signs with the names of the property but Casa Malca does not. Also, you can't just roll up in there and expect to be able to explore the property. You will get turned around. We learned this after our second attempt to get inside. We tried to visit the day before, but for some reason they were closed for the day. I was like nooooooo because of course I saw photos of the property before, and I had some ideas in mind (because that's what I do all the time - lol.) Luckily, we got in the next day! The experience was so exclusive - before you can get inside, there will be a guard at the door to check if you are a guest. Since we were not staying at the hotel, we told him we had reservations for the restaurant and he opened the gates to let us inside. *sigh of relief*
This area normally has a big rug and couch but they took it down for maintenance and cleaning. I was bummed. (again) Since I can be "extra" when I want something, I asked when they were going to put out the couch and rug (that you can see is missing) he couldn't tell me a timeframe so I took photos anyway then headed to the restaurant. Life goes on. I also loved how the curtains were made from old wedding dresses!
Just as I thought - every part was so beautiful and the atmosphere was absolutely peaceful. We arrived pretty early (around 9:30am-ish) just in case there were other tourists. We were the only ones there except for the housekeepers and the person working the front desk. We walked around, checked out the mansion, then went to have breakfast at the restaurant "Philosophy" inside. There were only 3 other people having breakfast, then just Des and me after they left. I loved having the place to ourselves! That meant photo-op time of course.
Boy I sure do love a breakfast with a view. We sat on this gorgeous couch that I wish I could've taken home with me. (well, as for all of the interior decors) Our seating was right next to this open space that overlooked the Tulum Beach where you could hear the waves and feel the warm breeze. The restaurant was very rustic-chic, yet modern. The service was great, and the music was relatable - haha. We ordered pancakes and coffee with some kind of mouth-watering-delicious bread that I want more of..now. I certainly want to go back to Casa Malca when I visit Tulum again. Maybe stay there for a night or two to get a chance to explore the entire property since some were off-limits to non guests of the hotel. This place should absolutely be on your to-see list when you visit Tulum.