Tulum, Mexico has become a mandatory stop on the jet-set circuit thanks in no small part to Derek Klein, whose 2011 Gitano bar and restaurant was a smash hit. Now comes the 16-key boutique hotel , a 15,000-square-foot collaboration with co-owner Omar Rodriguez and M Studio’s Mike Moser. “We were inspired by the urbanization that has been taking place over the last decade in Tulum,” Klein says, “and the rich colonial architecture found in Mexico.”
That mix of traditional and contemporary resulted in what Klein calls “tropical minimalism.” There are airy atriums and garden terraces with saltwater pools, unified by handmade plaster sconces by Justin James Grant and furniture made of local hardwood. Guests can take a bike to the beach, just two miles away, then return to relax on custom Luuna memory-foam beds with luxe Parachute Home bedding, or beneath walk-in rain showers in the ensuite bathrooms, which center around hand-sculpted concrete sinks—all of which will no doubt only increase the appeal for the global nomad.