Design Hotels™ launched the Papaya Playa Project, its first pop-up resort on a beautiful strip of Caribbean coast in Tulum, Mexico. The project’s creative vibe and off-beat hospitality struck such a chord with both residents and visitors that Design Hotels™ was compelled to keep on going. A post pop-up phase has now been launched to continue the quest for alternative modes of living and being.
“We’re taking the same energy and intensity that we had for creating one of the world’s first pop-up hotels to steer the Papaya Playa Project to the next level: of bringing about a deeper consciousness of the environment and one’s inner-self. We hope to get off the grid, both as a property and as people,” says Claus Sendlinger, founder and CEO of Design Hotels™.
Expect more surprises and out-of-the-box solutions in the next phase of the Papaya Playa Project.
Twisting and Channelling to a higher state of awareness.
Exploring different spiritual paths can be a daunting endeavour. Not so at the world’s first PopUp Ashram™, launching 15 September – 5 November at the Papaya Playa Project. Michael Liss, concept creator, spiritual explorer, and former Managing Director of Butterfield & Robinson, explains the idea,
“We want to create a spiritual retreat for people who are drawn to yoga or are simply asking the larger questions about life, but haven’t figured out where to turn, what to try, or found a practice that speaks to them. PopUp Ashram™ acts like a wading pool where you can test and experience many traditions without having to dive into the deep end.”
A full program of conscious exploration will be offered, both planned and serendipitous, ranging from ceremonies with Indigenous Grandmothers, various types of yoga, to transcendental music and art. Choose from Five-and Eight-day Packages for the complete effect or contact the spiritual concierge on site to customise a schedule.
- Rates for the PopUp Ashram start from US$1,095 for the 5 Days / 4 Nights and US$1,935 for the 8 Days / 7 Nights packages
Pursuing Sustainability with finding infinity.
The Papaya Playa Project is partnering with Finding Infinity, an international grass-roots ecological initiative to implement renewable sources of energy and get the resort completely “off the grid”. At the project, this means innovative wind power technology to minimise noise production and impact on local wildlife, bicycle-powered blenders, solar-heated water, hyper local food served at the resort’s restaurant and bio-diesel fuelled staff vehicles.
As part of Design Hotels™’ commitment to enriching and empowering communities through education and example, regular talks will be held by local and international speakers on topics ranging from water, energy and waste, to community projects throughout the world and seminars on the installation of solar power systems. Regular events also serve to raise funds to benefit schools within Tulum and the region. The Papaya Playa Project’s 2011 New Year’s Event and closing party for the pop-up project in May 2012 have already helped raise funds to outfit two schools with solar power. A wide range of actions will continue to help the local community and inspire its residents to maintain and protect the natural treasures of the Tulum region.