Bea Pernia, Founding Director, Bea Interiors Design designed the recently opened Roc Luxe hotel in Tulum, Quintana Roo, on the Caribbean coast of the Mexican Yucatán Peninsula. The Miami-based interior designer took inspiration from Tulum’s natural habitat.
“Roc’s design was inspired by the natural habitat of Tulum that I relied on to incorporate my design,” said Pernia. “Tulum’s close relationship with nature has encouraged me to apply earthy color palettes, organic shapes, and raw textiles and materials in all areas of the hotel. Wherever you are in Tulum you are surrounded by incredible views, I wanted to create a design that would showcase its natural beauty.
A 12 ft. a large organic egg-shaped dome with trees and palms passing through the holes greets guests as they enter the lobby. Bea worked with local artisans to design and manufacture most of the hotel’s wicker and teak furniture. Bea’s other hotel projects include Hiyakawa Restaurant and Crudos Art House in Miami.
“I think the entrance dome and tunnel would be what is most scenic and surprising for guests from the moment they arrive,” said Pernia. “It gives a pretty impressive first impression. We have added lighting inside the dome that changes color, which gives a whole different adjustment depending on the color applied.
Roc Luxe Hotel is a sprawling beachfront hideaway with 66 rooms, including beachfront bungalows, garden suites, and elevated jungle treehouse-style rooms accessible by a short tuk-tuk ride. .
“When it comes to the landscape, I integrated all of my design into the natural environment that surrounds the hotel spaces,” said Pernia.
The property also includes a beach club with private cabanas, a rimless pool, mezcaleria, Casa Mar restaurant, soon to be opened omakase restaurant, gym and spa. Nearby local attractions include Cenotes, Mayan Ruins, Coba Ruins, and Kaan Luum Lagoon.
“The Riviera Maya, and more specifically Tulum, pays homage to the Mayans and their culture. One of their main sources of income for them is the manufacture of handmade textiles, raw materials and furniture. All of these are imprinted in most of Tulum’s designs, be they commercial, hotel and residential. I wanted to represent this by creating a space that wouldn’t interfere with their original way of life. Therefore, I worked with local artisans to design and manufacture most of the hotel’s furniture and architectural structures. The furniture was handmade with organic textiles in earthy palettes. The structure of the dome was made with ‘Chukum’, a limestone-based stucco mixed with resin from chukum trees, which are cultivated in the Yucatan region and commonly used by local artisans in construction, ”said said Pernia.
Roc Beach Club
The Beach Club has three full-service cabanas, 36 sunbeds, 16 beanbags and nine nests with over 196ft (60m) of beautiful beach and blue waters. The luxury cabins are equipped with butler service via a call button.
“I wanted to add elements and areas that are not accessible to tourists in many other Tulum hotels, like the gym and pool,” Pernia said. “In the beach club, I designed an elevated swimming pool with a wooden and glass deck to create a connection with the sea. Not all hotels in Tulum have one, so I wanted to provide guests with additional amenities. that they wouldn’t normally find in the area.
The main restaurant overlooking the beach club, ocean, and pool offers alfresco dining, a bar, and a menu of local Mexican cuisine and freshly caught seafood.
Mezcalería is a boutique bar inspired by a traditional Mexican canteen and offers a great selection of Mezcal.
Sokkio is a new addition to the Roc Luxe property. The Omakase-style restaurant will be located in a Japanese garden and run by Michelin-starred chef Kamui Sumida.