Popping up in Tulum
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Les Bains and Papaya Playa Project launch collaborative pop-up in Tulum
Parisian savoir-faire in Quintana Roo
Berlin, December 17, 2018 – Starting this December 29, 2018 until March 3, 2019, Les Bains and the Papaya Playa Project join creative forces to bring the spirit from the iconic Parisian property to the shores of Tulum. Two distinct venues—Les Bains Cabaret and Les Bains Rivage—will capture the cultural zeitgeists for which these two Design Hotels™ members are known.

As ambassadors of culture, the founder of Les Bains, Jean-Pierre Marois, and the co-creator and owner of the Papaya Playa Project, Emilio Heredia, have come together to create an experience that imports the wild passion of Paris and sets an enigmatic scene on a one-kilometer stretch of pristine Caribbean coastline. Launched in 2011 as the first Design Hotels™ Project, Papaya Playa has established itself as a playground for communal creativity, surrounded by the lush Mayan jungle.

At Les Bains Cabaret, bonvivants from around the world will gather to revel in a site-specific palapa designed by Denis Montel of RDAI, the same firm that brought the reincarnation of Les Bains to life. A program curated by Scott Bagley, the legendary Master of Ceremonies at Casino de Paris and Crazy Horse, means an entertainment line-up of top DJs, dancers, and music. A French menu by Bruno Grossi brings the flavors of the newly launched Roxo at Les Bains (Paris) to the Yucatan peninsula.

Pleasure seekers looking for a daytime oasis will find the same cultural values translated into the beach restaurant and bar, Les Bains Rivage. Sun loungers dot the white sand beach, while a Mediterranean menu, oyster bar, and international DJs take care of any additional whim. Open everyday 10am-8pm.

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