Casa Areca blurs the lines between home and jungle

CO-Lab’s latest minimalist retreat celebrates its verdant setting

Mayan ruins are within hiking distance of this Tulum villa by Co-Lab Design Office, which uses oversized pivoting doors to bring the jungle surrounds inside.

The freshly completed four-bedroom Mexican holiday home has vast expanses of floor-to-ceiling glass that swing back, opening the home to the greenery outside. Tropical leaves fringe the outdoor pool and terrace, while the black steel frames of the panes align, enfilade, creating sight-lines through Casa Areca’s largely open-plan interior living spaces.

The living and dining room can seat 10 guests while a large private roof terrace offers a tempting spot to watch the sunset over the jungle. The villa’s interiors are minimal, with concrete floors complimented by ratan light fittings, jute rugs and wooden furniture. Solar panels power the home, and bathrooms are stocked with eco-friendly shampoos and shower gels.

Casa Areca is a 10-minute drive from the beach and a three-mile walk from Tulum’s ancient ruins, which are situated atop 15-metre-high cliffs overlooking the sea. It starts from £383 per night via Airbnb.

Casa Areca blurs the lines between home and jungle
Photography: Cesar Bejar
Casa Areca blurs the lines between home and jungle
Photography: Cesar Bejar
Casa Areca blurs the lines between home and jungle
Photography: Cesar Bejar
Photography: Cesar Bejar
Photography: Cesar Bejar

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