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Place to Be & Be Seen: Papaya Playa Project. Carrying the Torch for 8 Years and Still Going Strong

By: T.E.M Resident Writer |  November 2020

A Mecca on the beach, Papaya Playa Project has managed to keep its spot as ‘one of the hottest parties to attend in Tulum’, while offering an ‘exotic high end Luxury experience’ in their hotel, restaurant and bar.

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Papaya Playa Project
Photos by Bernardo Flores

Carrying the Torch in Tulum is not an easy feat. With new places opening up every other day, all vying to become the next best thing, few places remain strong, unrelentless in keeping pace, and always ahead of the rest. Papaya Playa Project (PPP): A Mecca on the beach that has managed to keep it’s spot as ‘one of the hottest parties to attend in Tulum’, while offering an ‘exotic high end Luxury experience’ in their hotel, restaurant and bar.

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Papaya Playa Project is a sustainable destination for the creative class, musicians, actors, artists, teachers, scientists, and locals; a place that encourages travel and builds an integral lifestyle. Opened in 2011, it only had simple hut style Cabanas on the beach. Now, the hotel has several rooms with high end amenities and large spacious bathrooms. Some of the rooms come with splash pools on the terrace, some come with rooftop pools, while others have kitchens attached to them. You feel as if you have walked into your own private paradise on the beach in the jungle.

The restaurant offers dishes that are prepared that are locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. The average cost of an entree will run you between $25 to $30 dollars. But don’t let the NYC price tags scare you: every bite is well worth it.

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Papaya Playa Project is well known for their ‘Full Moon Saturday’ night celebrations, bringing people together to celebrate the amazing surroundings, music, the full moon and turn of tides. There is a cover charge to enter, $25, and usually a line, so come early!





If you just want to visit Papaya Playa Project, you can grab breakfast, lunch, coffee, dinner or just chill at the beach. A DJ is there daily from 4pm to 7pm spinning eclectic sounds. Expect to pay $50 for consumption, per person during low season and $100 for high season at their beach club, for the use of their chairs and beds.

Papaya Playa Project is located at Carretera Tulum- Boca Paila Km 4.5, Tulum Beach, Zona Costera, 77780 Tulum, Q.R. Mexico

Restaurant hours 7:00 A.M. - 11:00 P.M

Beach Club hours 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Coffee Shop hours 7:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.


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