It List 2016: the Best New Hotels on the Planet

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Your conclusive guide to the most compelling hotel openings of the year.

Casa Malca in Tulum, Mexico

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Casa Malca’s arrival in Tulum is a little like Morticia Addams gliding into a yoga class: it’s a dramatic, elegant, and slightly Gothic newcomer amid a patchouli-scented crowd. Locals swear that the 36-room property—a whitewashed villa complex fronting a secluded 600-foot-long beach—was built by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar back in the 1980s. Regardless, it’s now in the talented hands of New York–based art dealer Lio Malca, who bought it in 2013 and gave it a thorough redesign. The expansive guest rooms have polished concrete floors and floor-to-ceiling velvet drapes in shades of chartreuse and royal blue—draw them open to reveal views of the ocean or a lovely garden. Even more striking are the works of contemporary art that Malca has installed throughout the hotel: paintings by Kenny Scharf, giant fiberglass ants by Rafael Gomez Barros, video art of clowns by Marion Peck. Some pieces, like the vintage dentist chairs perched on the second floor, can be a little unsettling, but the Keith Haring–papered bar is cheery, and the lure of the wide beach and blue-tiled pool are undeniable. casamalca.com; doubles from $700.

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It List 2016: the Best New Hotels on the Planet

Casa Malca in Tulum, Mexico

Casa Malca’s arrival in Tulum is a little like Morticia Addams gliding into a yoga class: it’s a dramatic, elegant, and slightly Gothic newcomer amid a patchouli-scented crowd. Locals swear that the 36-room property—a whitewashed villa complex fronting a secluded 600-foot-long beach—was built by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar back in the 1980s. Regardless, it’s now in the talented hands of New York–based art dealer Lio Malca, who bought it in 2013 and gave it a thorough redesign. The expansive guest rooms have polished concrete floors and floor-to-ceiling velvet drapes in shades of chartreuse and royal blue—draw them open to reveal views of the ocean or a lovely garden. Even more striking are the works of contemporary art that Malca has installed throughout the hotel: paintings by Kenny Scharf, giant fiberglass ants by Rafael Gomez Barros, video art of clowns by Marion Peck. Some pieces, like the vintage dentist chairs perched on the second floor, can be a little unsettling, but the Keith Haring–papered bar is cheery, and the lure of the wide beach and blue-tiled pool are undeniable. casamalca.com; doubles from $700.

Courtesy of Casa Malca
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