Wondering what kind of luxurious surroundings Pablo Escobar lived in? Read this.
Yes, it’s true, one of Mexico’s most breathtaking and art-filled luxe hotels – Casa Malca – calls Tulum home, and it happens to be the former abode of one of history’s most notorious sons, the late Pablo Escobar. Escobar, who was gunned down in 1993, and served as the core subject of Netflix’s web series, Narcos (in the first two seasons), was one of the world’s wealthiest men and head of the Medellín Cartel. He had an estimated net worth of US$40 billion.
The man known to have made US$60 million daily, invested in properties in his native Colombia and beyond its borders, with Mexico being one of them. The mansion had been vacant for more than a decade, and in 2012 New York-based art collector, Lio Malca acquired it. He gave it a new lease on life, and turned it into an eco-friendly hotel essentially for family and friends in 2015. But he quickly realised its potential and appeal and gave it an additional expansion.
Today, the 35-room hotel brims with creativity thanks to its art-collector owner, who’s fitted it with pieces from his personal contemporary collection, and has even dedicated the bar to Keith Haring’s incredible print work, naming it the Haring Bar. Set against the backdrop of the pristine beaches of Tulum, Casa Malca includes an underground steam room (so Escobar), a rooftop deck and a pool overlooking the ocean. With a focus on locally-produced and harvested, the menu includes traditional Mexican dishes and global dishes, and it comes with an impressive per night price tag of US$670.
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