If your only vision of a tropical holiday in Mexico involves Cancún and undergrads, this is not the place for you.
If, on the other hand, you view Mexico as a culturally rich destination with areas of incredible natural beauty, keep reading.
About two hours south of Cancún along the Riviera Maya is Tulum. And in the jungle near Tulum's beach is the Papaya Playa Project's newest accommodation: the Tree House.
Views? You got it — of both the Caribbean and the jungle. The 377-square-foot space, with a single king bed, was constructed using indigenous Mayan construction principles, with wood reinforced by a sap harvested from the the local chuckun trees. Woods are locally and sustainably harvested, and macramé touches are meant to signal the hotel's commitment to natural textures. All this can be yours for $1,200 and up a night.
Papaya Playa Project (5 images)
The Tree House actually isn't the most expensive property on the premises: that would be the Casa Palapa Beach House (about $4,500 per night), a two-floor, nearly 10,000-square-foot expanse with five bedrooms and a fully stocked kitchen, plus a private butler and the option of a private chef at additional expense. And if you're there on a (relative) budget, look for the $275-per-night one-bed ocean cabanas. King beds, AC, beach views, and small terraces. Sounds like a bargain to us.