Villa Verde in Mexico’s Tulum is every bit as verdant as its moniker suggests.
Local practice Co-Lab Design Office crafted the brand new 550 sq m Mexican holiday villa, whose exterior walls are clad in hand-set limestone offcuts and decked in cascading plant life.
Sitting within the exclusive Aldea Zama neighbourhood in Tulum, on the Mayan Riviera, the house ranks high for sustainability. It harvests its own rainwater and is powered by solar energy, while its vast retractable screens open the entire ground floor up to the outside deck and garden, keeping the property naturally ventilated. (If you get too hot, cool off in the villa’s 15 m swimming pool).
On the main level is a large open plan living room, kitchen, dining room – fitted with bespoke cabinetry made from Chukum – and the master bedroom suite, which has its own outdoor bathtub where you can watch the stars while having a soak.
Every window in the house frames jungle views, adding a burst of colour to the villa’s sandy interiors. Villa Verde is available to rent via Airbnb from £628 per night, and also comes with a private rooftop terrace with views over the surrounding tree canopy.
Two more bedrooms are set across the villa’s second floor, overlooking the swimming pool below, and a fourth can be find in villa’s self-contained studio.
And while Villa Verde might channel the aura of seclusion, it’s not far from the white sandy beaches of Tulum, or the throng of the town.