Habitas tu­lum

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The low­down You get a jun­gle set­ting and pri­vate beach. Best for Those seek­ing guilt-free lux­ury near the hip­pie-chic town of Tu­lum. opened last year, Habitas Tu­lum was built in con­junc­tion with lo­cal car­pen­ters to min­imise its en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print. Its 32 rooms sit on el­e­vated plat­forms and have thatched roofs, hard­wood floors and se­cluded ter­races. The prime ocean rooms are po­si­tioned slap-bang against the turquoise Caribbean waters, while the Jun­gle rooms are lo­cated be­neath the palms. The ho­tel’s cen­tral point – and its only per­ma­nent struc­ture – is an open-air steel and glass pavil­ion dot­ted with so­fas, cof­fee-ta­ble books and lanterns. The in­for­mal Moro restau­rant has wooden ta­bles ca­su­ally strewn amongst the trees, and head chef Fed­erico Cappi over­sees a Latin Amer­i­can-in­fused menu. Though sight­see­ing is rec­om­mended, you’ll need ma­jor willpower to peel your­self away from the seafront in­fin­ity pool. And for those who refuse point-blank to leave, there’s a jun­gle court­yard cin­ema, com­pli­men­tary bi­cy­cle hire, yoga classes and well­ness area with mas­sage and fa­cial treat­ments. Book it dou­ble rooms from £309 (habitas­tu­lum.com).

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