February 5th, 2021 –
Most seaside resorts are designed to attract as many people as possible, which usually means that they offend only a few people, but leave a lasting impression on almost no one. The cookie-cutter trophies designed by committees – turquoise carpeting, pictures of hibiscus hanging above the bed – have been around for so long that they seem almost inevitable.
Here I am at the Hotel Panamera, where this outdated notion of a seaside resort has been turned upside down. The new beach holidays are freshly squeezed, locally sourced and tailored to Instagram. It’s not for everyone, but that’s part of the problem: it’s a hotel for the stylish young people of the millennium who want to get out of their comfort zone but still be relatively comfortable, and who care more about the experience they get from a place than from a particular facility.
The atmosphere is influenced by the lines and colours of the plantation houses in the Dominican Republic, although this rustic sense is skilfully balanced by polished floors, long white corridors and austere furniture inspired & minimale. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here’s a quick peek inside Hotel Panamera by the Riviera Maya…
The 15-metre long swimming pool is the focal point of the resort, although excursions to the nearby cenotes are tempting. Simply return to watch the sunset over the mangroves from the roof bar.
In prime position on Tulum’s beach road, Hotel Panamera has the thatched roofs, striped sunloungers and whitewashed walls necessary for a stylish stay in Mexico’s most modish beach town. The centrepiece pool’s handmade tiles were laid by artisans, potted plants climb up the bare plasterwork and there’s not a palm out of place. Even the lobby is as welcoming as rocking up at your fabulous friend’s house, with a reception that may as well be someone’s lounge. Explore the buzzy bars and rowdy restaurants that line this stretch of coastline, knowing you have that heavenly saltwater pool to soothe your mezcal-sore head.
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The restaurant has a thatched roof and French windows opening out onto the beach. There’s a buzzy, beach-club atmosphere, and a focus on all things Mexican, along with a side line in pizzas. Expect dishes like shrimp tacos, tuna tostadas and grilled octopus. Breakfast – avo on toast (in the land that invented guacamole, it’s going to be good), chia puddings and waffles with fruit and agave – can be served in your room or in the restaurant.
The cocktail bar serves up cooling concoctions all day, muddled with house-made syrups and juices, as well as some well-selected organic and natural wines, which are said to cause less-punishing hangovers.
Located a few kilometres south of the historic Mayan city. This stretch of the Boca Paila beach road. This house attracts many guests, European fashion people love the Panamera, it is a small end of the Mediterranean in the Caribbean. Especially the hotel’s aesthetic is reminiscent of the big villas in the Mediterranean with Moorish arches and fabrics draped in the noble manner. The casa’s restaurant has vintage Caribbean flair, with French doors opening onto the beach. But the furniture has been designed exclusively for the property and everything is made by local artisans, including the red and white pool tiles. Tulum may not need any more hot spots, but Hotel Panamera warms things up without even trying.
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QROO 15 60, Tulum Beach, Q.R., Mexique