Casa Malca

Once the luxury beachfront hideout of Pablo Escobar, Casa Malca was re-discovered and reinvented in 2003 by renowned art dealer and collector Lio Malca. Stunningly located on the white sandy beaches of the Riviera Maya, this stylish hotel manages to combine glamour with a contemporary yet rustic and almost bohemian feel.

Huge rooms with floor to ceiling windows flood the hotel with light and bold original artwork adorns the walls throughout, some of which is from the owner's private collection. Forty rooms including 11 suites are scattered throughout the tropical gardens and along the beachfront. All have a private terrace, some with direct access to the private beach and numerous pools. The communal areas have a colourful Mayan theme and the rooftop bar is a wonderful place to watch the sunset.

Why we like it

This is a unique place to stay, from the shadier past of Pablo Escobar to the current opulent and bold retreat, complete with a Bart Simpson inspired guest room. James Bond wouldn’t be out of place here.


  • Private beach
  • Three swimming pools
  • Massage on request
  • Restaurant serving contemporary Mexican cuisine
  • Rooftop bar with panoramic views


Aside from chilling out in a hammock, there are more strenuous activities on offer at Casa Malca including Pilates lessons, kite surfing and fishing. Away from the hotel, it is possible to head into the jungle to explore by ATV or go diving or snorkelling in one of the nearby limestone cenote (underground cave systems). The archaeological ruins of Tulum and Coba are also well worth visiting.


Located on the Yucatan Peninsula just two-hour drive from Cancun airport. 

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