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best affordable beach resorts: Papaya Playa, a Design Hotels Project

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Papaya Playa, a Design Hotels Project, Tulum, Mexico

You’ve heard of pop-up shops and restaurants. Now meet the pop-up hotel, developed by the Berlin-based Design Hotels brand. Papaya Playa’s 99 thatched-roof cabanas are outfitted with local textiles and hammocks and attract visiting artists, designers, and DJs. They collaborate at a beach amphitheater, spin at Mayan full moon parties, and share freshly baked bread from the clay oven.

Cost: From $50 for bunk beds and a shared bathroom; from $75 for queen-bed casitas with private bathrooms.

Don’t Miss: The entire hotel. It’s scheduled to be open until May 2012, with a possibility for an extension. But we wouldn’t take our chances.


—Colleen Clark


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