Tulum, Mexico, with its abundance of trees, beaches and warm weather, provided inspiration for the design of Jungle Keva Tulum, a newly opened, small village of lodges that doubles as a boutique hotel and retreat center for yoga and wellness workshops.
The architectural design of the hotel was headed by JAQUESTUDIO, an architecture firm based in Tulum and specializing in design and development of Mexican projects. Structural engineers Hal Ingenieria and landscape designer Entorno Taller Paisaje also collaborated on the project.
Five 50-square-meter lodges are dispersed in a wooded estate to conjure up the same feeling of “being in a small village in the Mayan jungle,” said the architecture firm.
Each private lodge has a double height room, a mezzanine or “tapanco,” a terrace and a bathroom that’s designed to be used indoors and outdoors. Communal areas include a dining space and a yoga pavilion cantilevered over a pool.
Two mature Zapotec trees rise above the ground in the pool, as if “rising from the pool itself,” JAQUESTUDIO commented.
The studio preserved 70 percent of the site’s natural vegetation.
The interiors and exteriors are all composed of local Mexican materials. The facades are finished in a traditional “Chukum” finish. According to the book Casa Yucatan, the Chukum stucco originates from an ancient Maya technique originally employed to line rainwater cisterns. The historical recipe of resin lists the Chukum tree bark, lime and water; the resultant Chukum finish is water-resistant, reflects light, and magnifies the depth of water.
“The objective was to use materials that age with dignity, so that with the passing of time the architecture acquires character and a deeper sense of belonging,” the studio added.
The project is owned by Kendall Inman, a yogi turned hotelier who started an Indiegogo campaign to fund the development of this “enchanting jungle hideaway.”
Everything you need to know when booking your stay: Jungle Keva Tulum’s room prices start at USD $162. All their materials were sourced locally and designed by local architecture firm JAQUESTUDIO. The facades are covered in an old-world Chukum stucco, and there are two mature Zapotec trees rising from a pool. One of the main highlights of a stay at this hotel and retreat: the five double-height lodges are dispersed among the trees in Tulum, Mexico.
The lodges are located at PONIENTE, MZN 3, LOTE 07, REGION 15, La Veleta, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico. Visit Jungle Keva Tulum to book your stay!
Photos by Cesar Béjar.