Okay, maybe the title was a bit clickbait-ish *sinister smile*
Now that you’re here however, let me clarify.
We had lunch at Casa Malca, a remodeled luxurious mansion once owned by Colombian drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar. The mansion was abandoned in 1993 after Escobar died and then purchased by New York art dealer, Lio Malca, in 2012.
After binge watching all 3 seasons of Narcos, Reggie and I could barely contain our excitement as we pulled up to Escobar’s former mansion. What really drew my interest and blew me away was the mansion’s design and Malca’s private art collection. From vintage Mexican wedding gowns repurposed as curtains to contemporary art by artists such as Basquiat, Kenny Scharf, Marco Brambilla, and KAWS scattered around the property – dope AF!
I had originally reserved a room at the property for 2 nights but cancelled our reservations when I realized we would be able to visit instead. I should note that staying at the mansion does NOT come at a cheap price. If you do decide to forego the costs, expect to pay upwards of $500/night.
We made our way through the front lobby and began our trek to the hotel’s main restaurant, Philosophy, which features light and local fare with a contemporary European twist. The restaurant is decorated with a mix of eerie antiques that were said to be found in San Miguel De Allende. I was a bit creeped out by the chucky-like figurines hanging on the walls in what looked to be coffins, so we chose to dine outside and enjoy the intoxicating views of the hotel’s pristine beach strip instead. If you’re looking for the best shrimp tacos in Tulum, this is definitely the place to be.
After stuffing our faces silly with some delicious tacos and tasty cocktails, we spent a few hours lounging on the beach, exploring the property and taking some fun photos.
Km 9.5 Carretera Tulum – Boca Paila
Tulum 77780, Mexico
+52 1 984 167 7154 | +52 1 984 688 5124