A glimpse inside La Casa de la Playa

March 07, 2024

Discover the details that make this adults-only boutique hotel so unique. 

Welcome to the ultra-luxury hotel in Xcaret. Join me as I take you inside this boutique hotel in the Riviera Maya to show you all the amenities it offers, while also sharing all the unique details that set it apart.  


Architecture at La Casa de la Playa  

Let's start by appreciating its eco-integrative architecture, which embraces nature to create a balance between aesthetics and ethics. 

This masterpiece is the vision of architect David Quintana, who has integrated materials from the region such as limestone, combining it with concrete, wood, and steel. 

Its style is a blend of brutalism and contemporary Mexican architecture, making it very intriguing as you can observe different forms and textures throughout the property's corridors and walls. Its architecture has been recognized both nationally and internationally, recently winning the award for the Best International Design Hotel at the Condé Nast Traveler Awards 2023. 



La Casa de la Playa is located in the Riviera Maya, just 10 minutes away from Playa del Carmen and 45 minutes from the Cancun International Airport. As a guest, your stay includes round-trip private transportation in luxury vehicles.


As soon as you step into the lobby, you feel like you're entering your own living room. You're greeted with a refreshing towel for your hands and invited to relax in one of the seating areas to complete your check-in, which is super quick and highly personalized.

You're offered a welcome drink, and at the same time, your personal butler joins you to inform you about all the amenities available during your stay. They'llcreate a WhatsApp group with you to assistwith any reservations or questions you may have though your stay. 

The lobby is the heart of the house, adorned with pieces of Mexican art, and its lounges are incredibly comfortable. It boasts an impressive view and features a terrace where you can gaze out at the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Additionally, there's a 24-hour Lobby Bar called "El Bar," offering cosmopolitan mixology in a relaxed atmosphere. 

During sunset and into the evening, you can enjoy delightful moments listening to the in-house pianist. And, of course, you can even request a melody to accompany your cocktail. 


La Casa de la Playa boasts only 63 suites, two master suites, and one presidential suite. All of them are beachfront and are distributed across three buildings, Natural, Fiesta, and Wellness, divided into three categories:

  • Beachfront: located on the ground floor with private beach access. 
  • Ocean view: situated on the first level with partial ocean views. 
  • Oceanfront: positioned on the second and third levels with clear ocean views. 

It's worth mentioning that if you stay in any category within the Wellness building, you'll enjoy additional benefits such as a private massage cabin with direct access from inside your suite, an integrated steam system in the shower, and complimentary access to the hydrotherapy circuit at Muluk Spa. 

Inside each suite, you'll find a modern style with décor that is distinctly Mexican and tailored specifically for the hotel. Among the interior design details are: 

  • The Winged Heart: adorned with beads and crafted by individuals from the Wixárika communities in western Mexico, these pieces hold strong symbolic significance, representing their ancient worldview and perception of the divine.
  • The San Pablito Tapestry: hand-embroidered canvases by women from San Pablito Pahuatlán in the state of Puebla, reflecting the beauty that surrounds them in their community. 
  • Onyx seashell: these lamps were handcrafted in the state of Puebla and each one is uniquely shaped.  
  • Nest Lamp: woven from wicker by former inmates, these lamps are the result of a social rehab program. 
  • Pre-Hispanic Bed: the hammock on the terrace was woven by the most skilled weavers from the Yucatán Peninsula. Hammocks are the true "beds" of families in the region. 
  • Bathroom Mosaics: manufactured in the city of Mérida, Yucatán, using an ancient technique where each mosaic is hand-filled, color by color, into a metal mold with the desired design. 
  • Jellyfish Aquarium: serving as a night lamp, but more importantly, these jellyfish are part of a breeding program. Within the hotel, you can visit the sea-life laboratory where you can observe their growth process. 

In addition to these intriguing details, each suite offers a private pool on the terrace, a volcanic stone jacuzzi, electric curtains, a sofa, a dining area for two, a minibar, Nespresso coffee maker, 65" TV, work desk with lamp, and, of course, a comfortable king-size bed. 

The spacious bathroom features a double rain shower, a handheld shower, and a bench inside. It includes a double sink, a vanity area with a mirror and makeup seat, and a double closet. Hair straightener, hairdryer, bathrobe, slippers, umbrella, yoga mat, and a beach bag are also provided.  

Spending a day inside your suite is truly a dream, and if you prefer, you can order room service available 24 hours a day. 

Inside La Casa  

The hotel's concept grants you the freedom to explore the spaces at your leisure. Here, you can serve yourself, relax, and explore every corner whenever you wish, just as you would do in your own home. Below, I'll tell you more about the places you can enjoy inside La Casa de la Playa.  


This space is themed as the traditional Mexican cantinas, where you can find a variety of premium tequila and mezcal labels that you can serve yourself and enjoy accompanied by a slice of orange or lime. You can also choose from a selection of salts such as worm salt, black salt, or grasshopper salt. 

Additionally, you can find local craft beers to choose from, and if you prefer, you can request a mixologist to prepare a cocktail with your choice of tequila or mezcal. ‘La Bodega is open 24 hours. 


The paradise for all chocolate lovers is here. ‘La Chocolatería’ is a space adorned with characteristic elements centered around this product, such as wood grindersand the metate. 

It's a chocolate boutique with the hallmark of master chocolatier Mao Montiel, where you can indulge in his extraordinary creations like salted caramel bonbons, chocorol, duvalín, mezcal-infused chocolates, and many more. Here, you'll also find chocolate in various forms such as pralines, 70% dark chocolate ice cream, hot chocolate, chocolate ice pops, and Mexican candies.

La Chocolatería is open 24 hours, and they even provide little bags if you wish to take some chocolates back to your room or wherever you desire. 


It'sprobably one of the favorite spots for guests. In this cellar, you can find an exclusive selection of national wines curated by the renowned Mexican sommelier, Sandra Fernández. Here, you can choose from 24 different labels originating from 6 states of Mexico. Whether at the table or in the lounge, you can uncork the wine of your choice and savor it in the relaxed ambiance of La Cava. 

You can also book a guided wine tasting with our in-house sommelier to learn more about the different Mexican wines. Please note that this activity has an additional cost.

La Cava is open 24 hours, and if you prefer, you can also select any label of your choice and take it to your room, dinner, lobby, or wherever you please.


Just like being in the study of your own home, `La Biblioteca’ is an intimate space where you can pick up a book and settle into one of its comfortable armchairs to enjoy a moment of reading with a view of the sea. It also features a workstation with a computer and printer in case you need to finish up any pending tasks. 

It's open 24 hours, and you can help yourself to water, beer, or juices available in its minibar.

El Cuarto de las Maravillas  

This is the boutique shop that pays homage to Mexican contemporary talent. Inside,you'llencounter with an exquisite selection of unique pieces crafted by renowned Mexican designers, ranging from jewelry, accessories, and sandals to swimsuits and evening attire. Of course, you'll also find Mexican artwork available for purchase, including the winged heart found within the suites in a smaller version. 

Infinity Pool

This has become the most iconic pool in the Mexican Caribbean, and swimming here is synonymous with exclusivity at its finest. It stretches 131 feet across towards the beach and is suspended over the sea. At the end of this swimming lane, you encounter its transparent wall, and below, a transparent dome that allows you to see the waves crashing just beneath your feet. 

It connects with the hotel's main pool, where you can relax while enjoying incredible views of the Caribbean Sea. Here, the Wet Bar located within the pool is guests favorite spot, as its magnificent mixology ensures you enjoy every moment. 

Sky Bar  

A second infinity pool is located on the rooftop and features a lane with transparent walls that connect one building's pool to another. Beneath this lane, there's also a transparent dome that allows you to see the altitude of this elevated pool. 

The atmosphere of the sky bar feels even more exclusive as the views allow you to appreciate the horizon of the Caribbean Sea while enjoying the music from the DJ and the high-quality cocktails from the bar. It also offers a daytime menu with options such as lobster, tiraditos, ceviche, empanadas, and more.

Muluk Spa  

It is a world-class spa offering region-inspired treatments to provide you with a holistic experience. They use organic products that care for your skin and the environment. 

One of the most iconic spaces is its outdoor hydrotherapy circuit, offering spectacular views and relaxation with various hydro-massage circuits. It also features a steam room, sauna, body jet shower, and cold room. 

The areas are designed to envelop you in an atmosphere of peace and relaxation, with five double cabins with jacuzzi and magnificent views, two salt rooms, two mud rooms, an essence preparation pharmacy, and a relaxation room. 

Muluk Spa is open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, and all treatments are available at an additional cost. 



They say the best part always comes last, and now, I'd like to take you to explore the restaurants inside La Casa de la Playa, overseen by the Gastronomic Ensemble formed by renowned national and international chefs. 

Tuch de Luna Restaurant

Led by celebrity chef Martha Ortiz, who holds a prominent place in the international gourmet scene for her innovative approach, Tuch de Luna is located facing the main pool with breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. It offers an à la carte menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All dishes are creations of Chef Martha Ortiz, who presents an elegant and artistic take on traditional Mexican cuisine. 

Here, you can indulge in a reinterpretation of the traditional tortilla soup or be amazed by the flavor of a fried tamale stuffed with goat cheese. 

As part of its concept, you'll notice that the entire staff is composed of women. 

Estero Restaurant 

Under the guidance of Virgilio Martínez, chef of the restaurant Central in Lima, Peru, which has recently been named the number one restaurant in the world by the prestigious The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, Estero offers a fusion of Peruvian and Mexican cuisine. Its ingredients are characteristic of the Caribbean coast, as well as the Amazon and Andes Mountain ranges. 

Estero provides an à la carte menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner where dishes become a canvas on which products from these two regions are showcased, turning into works of art on the table. 

Here, you'll explore the fusion of ingredients such as seaweed, cacao, lobster, pumpkin, wagyu beef, mushrooms, jerky, barnacle, octopus, corn, sea bass, amaranth, lamb, and many others that will change your perspective. 

Lumbre and Centli Restaurants  

The dual restaurant is led by the Rivera Rio brothers (Rodrigo, Daniel, and Patricio), who are behind the renowned and award-winning Koli restaurant in Monterrey, Nuevo León. Recently awarded as the Best Gastronomic Family in Mexico by the Gastronomic Guide of Mexico. 

In this same space, two concepts take place; on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays it operates as Lumbre, and on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays it operates as Centli, both available only for dinner. 

At Lumbre, you'll find a Northern cuisine concept spanning from Huasteca to Sonora state cuisine, offering delights such as Rib Eye crust, birria, roasted marrow with chicharrón, arrachera, barbacoa, and many other flavors marked by the grill's smoke. 

At Centli, the Rivera Rio brothers pay homage to corn and take you on a gastronomic journey to southern Mexico, exploring the flavors of Chiapas, Veracruz, Hidalgo, and Tabasco. Here, you're encouraged to let yourself be carried away and surprised by dishes like pambazos, octopus sope, ceviche, short rib with ‘salsa borracha, and delicious cornbread. 

I hope this visit to the interiors of La Casa de la Playa has fascinated you as much as it has excited me, as this adults-only boutique hotel promises to become one of the best in the world. 

Cazador de puntos instagrameables, me gusta explorar nuevos lugares de comida y recomendarlos con mis amigos. Soy originario de Guadalajara pero decidí ser costeño ya hace varios años. Me encanta ir a la playa, la fotografía y la tecnología.


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