Bea Pernia, founding principal, Bea Interiors Design, designed the recently opened Roc Luxe Hotel in Tulum, Quintana Roo on the Caribbean coastline of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. The Miami-based interior designer was inspired by Tulum’s natural habitat.
“Roc’s design was inspired by Tulum’s natural habitat on which I relied to integrate my design,” Pernia said. “Tulum’s close relation to nature encouraged me to apply earthy color palettes, organic forms and raw textiles and materials in all areas of the hotel. Wherever you are in Tulum you are surrounded by amazing views, I wanted to create a design that would highlight its natural beauty.”
A 12-ft. tall organic egg-shaped dome with trees and palms passing through the holes welcomes guests as they enter the lobby area. Bea worked with local artisans to design and manufacture most of the hotel’s wicker and teak wood furniture. Bea’s other hospitality projects include Hiyakawa restaurant and Crudos Art House in Miami.
“The entrance dome and tunnel I believe would be what is most scenic and surprising for guests as soon as they arrive,” Pernia said. “It gives a first impression that is quite impressive. We added illumination inside the dome that changes color so it gives a whole different setting depending on the color applied.”
Roc Luxe Hotel is a sprawling, oceanfront hideaway with 66 guestrooms including beachfront bungalows, garden suites and elevated treehouse-style rooms in the jungle accessible by a short tuk-tuk ride.
“Regarding the landscape, I integrated my entire design into the natural environment that surrounds the hotel’s spaces,” Pernia said.
The property also includes a beach club with private cabanas, an edgeless pool, a mezcaleria, Casa Mar restaurant, a soon to open omakase restaurant, gym and a spa. Local attractions nearby include cenotes, Mayan ruins, Coba Ruins and the Kaan Luum lagoon.
“The Riviera Maya and specifically, Tulum, pays tribute to the Mayans and their culture. One of their main sources of income for them is the manufacturing of textiles, raw materials and handmade furniture. All these elements are imprinted in most of Tulum’s design, being commercial, hospitality and residential. I wanted to represent this by creating a space that would not interfere with their original way of living. 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 dome structure was made with ‘Chukum,’ a limestone-based stucco mixed with resin from chukum trees, which are grown in the Yucatan region and commonly used by local artisans in construction,” Pernia said.
Roc Beach Club
The Beach Club has three full-service cabanas, 36 sunbeds, 16 poufs and nine nests with more than 196 ft. (60 m.) of beautiful beach and blue waters. The luxury cabanas come with butler service via a push-to-call button.
“I wanted to add elements and areas that are not accessible to the tourists in many other hotels in Tulum, like the gym and pool,” Pernia said. “In the beach club, I designed an elevated pool with wood decking and glass to create a connection with the sea. Not every hotel in Tulum has them, so I wanted to give guests some extra amenities that they would not normally find in the area.”
The main restaurant overlooking the beach club, ocean and pool offer outdoor dining, a bar and a menu of local Mexican cuisine and freshly caught seafood.
The Mezcalería is a boutique bar modeled after a traditional Mexican cantina and offers a large selection of Mezcal.
Sokkio is a new addition to the Roc Luxe property. The Omakase-style restaurant will be set in a Japanese Garden and run by Michelin-star chef Kamui Sumida.