On the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, right in the middle of one of Mexico’s UNESCO designated biospheres is a small Yucatecan fishing village. This is a unique spot, a culturally authentic place away from the traveling masses and with beautiful beaches that deliver magical sunsets. A small town where folks just live a different pace of life. This is Celestún and this is where we created our beach escape.


Right here, in the middle of nature and Mexican culture, we designed a modern whimsical abode, filled with cozy settings inviting guests to pause and relax. Cool off at the infinity pool or find refuge reading a book in our breezeway to reprieve from the heat of a mid-day sun. Ease into the tropical nights watching the sun set from the rooftop lounge and maybe later make new friends around our fire pit in the courtyard. Off course without the sand and the ocean right at our doorstep we wouldn't be able to call ourselves a beach escape. Considering ourselves fortunate to have found this paradise, we turned it into our vision of tranquility and peace to share with guests from around the globe.


We are Jess & Nicolas and before we started this adventure we ran a design studio in British Columbia, Canada. Our expertise was in top-end modern furniture and kitchens and we also worked as consultants in the areas of interior and architectural design. What drove us then still drives us now, the exploration and learning curve of bringing an idea into practical application. When we came across this empty hotel in early 2015 it captivated our imagination. We fell in love with the blank canvas of this building and its location right by the beach.

It was the proverbial once in a lifetime opportunity so we seized it. This was not planned nor expected. We came to the Yucatán to explore if we would find a small colonial fixer-upper in Mérida we could purchase and work on over time. Instead we totally turned our families life upside down and dove into a journey that would take 3 years to see our vision come to fruition. From complex legalities between 3 nations to cultural differences, language barriers and a new climate to adjust to, we were in for a ride but we embraced it and rolled with the punches.