Now it’s pop-up hotels: New eco ‘beach pads’ open in Mexico… but not for long

The 'here today, gone tomorrow' pop-up concept has made its way beachside, with a new pop-up hotel camp opening on a stretch of coast in Mexico.

There’s something quite special about dining in a pop-up restaurant, or browsing the aisles of a pop-up shop. Maybe it’s knowing that we are taking part in a unique and exciting experience before it disappears.

The pop-up craze is not just sweeping the backstreets of towns and cities; short-term hotels are also popping up in random places.

This week, Berlin-based Design Hotels group opened a hip, pop-up hotel-meets-camp called ‘The ‘Papaya Playa Project’.

99 temporary eco-cabañas built from local materials hug the Caribbean Sea coastline in Tulum, Southern Mexico – about an hour and a half’s drive from Cancun – and will stay for a limited time only.

The thatched-roof beach pads range from basic to luxurious; some have shared bathrooms and communal bunk beds and others are ocean-facing, with private decks, hammocks and a spa.

Geared towards the social types who don’t want to scrimp on comfort, the camp has a ‘rough-luxe’ vibe about it and there’s plenty to do on-site – from the raw-food and beach shack bar to spa treatments, live DJs, full-moon parties and beach-jam sessions.

The camp will be taken down in May 2012.

Rooms will set you back anywhere between $25 (£16) and $675 (£430) per night.

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