The Papaya Playa Project

Along the beaches of Tulum in Quintana Roo, Mexico, surrounded by Mayan ruins and the coastline of the Yucatan Peninsula, you’ll find The Papaya Play Project in all its bohemian glory. The Papaya Playa Project is exactly that–a project to establish temporary living environments for creative types and those free spirited vacationers looking to connect with the surrounding environment.

This small hostel-like hotel is one of many trending “pop-up” organizations and events, including restaurants, hotels, and weddings (which took place here at Casa Artelexia–stay tuned for the full story!). The goal of The Papaya Playa Project has been to foster sustainability in the already eco-minded Tulum through a vacation experience that brings you closer to the culture and natural landscape of the town (definitely the hippie mentality here). How does the hotel do it? Take a look at the awesome, sustainable experience Papaya Playa has to offer its guests:
Papaya Playa is dotted with 80+ palapa roofed cabanas, sustainably built with "natural and local materials", including wood and bamboo. The cabanas are equipped with comfy beds, towels and small toiletries, and more candles than actual lighting and electricity. There are private bathrooms in some of the cabanas, but many have shared bathroom and shower areas for that "communal" feeling (no you do not have to shower with strangers, shower stalls are enclosed!)

Electrical outlets and the hotel's wifi can be found at the front desk, where you can charge and use your computer or phone–which may sound like a hassle, but with most cabanas sitting on or just a few steps away from the beautiful beach, who needs a laptop?
Papaya Playa's simple, eco-concious cabanas may sound a bit out of the ordinary, but again, sustainable is the goal here. However, the resort does offer certain luxuries, like yoga, spa services, and a restaurant and bar for its guests. Tulum itself is full of cool, outdoorsy things to do like snorkeling, diving, fishing, and exploring the landscape and Mayan ruins of the area.

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