Saturday, 15 July 2017

MEXICO: Pablo Escobar’s Former Tulum Mansion Is A Good Luxury Hotel, Go Stay There

Acquired by art dealer Lio Malca in 2003, Escobar’s 24-room former holiday home has been renovated and converted into a luxury hotel named ‘Casa Malca‘.

For over a decade the drug lord’s mansion in Tulum, Mexico sat empty, but it has now been renovated and transformed by art dealer Lio Lamca to become the stunning Casa Malca.

Locals claim the so-called King of Cocaine, who headed up the Medellin Cartel that brought in more than $91.5 million per day
, built the whitewashed house in the 1980s.

The eco-friendly boutique hotel is located right on a pristine stretch of a private beach in the popular resort town and comes with a wealth of amenities befitting of the billionaire.

Pablo Escobar was known as the King of Cocaine in his native Colombia.

These include an underground steam room, pool and rooftop deck, and rooms filled with paintings, sculptures and furniture from contemporary artists.

Its restaurant uses fresh ingredients from the property’s garden, or sources products directly from local farmers or vendors.

The hotel has state-of-the-art amenities, an underground steaming room, a rooftop deck, a huge swimming pool, and a kitchen serving up five-star food. Not to mention the impeccably designed interiors and white, sandy beach at your front door.

Guests can stay in one of 26 rooms, or one of nine luxury garden terraces. Which begs the question: how big a holiday home did Escobar need?!

A swanky hotel is just the makeover this old gal was looking for, complete with wall-to-wall museum-worthy art from Lio Malca’s personal collection. It’s certainly more fancy than that Jack Kerouac poster hung up at your last hostel.

From about $670 a night, guests can spend the night in the stunning property, which used to belong to Colombia’s most notorious drug lord.

Lio, who saw the property back in 2003 and started renovating it in 2012, told Cool Hunting he bought the property because I thought it was insane.

I could not believe that in this world, a property like this still exists and hasn’t been taken over by a corporation, he said.

Narcos, which follows the rise and fall of the notoriously violent, powerful and ruthless drug lord.

At the height of his power, Escobar was said to be the seventh richest man in the world, with his Medellin drugs cartel thought to be behind up to 80 per cent of all the cocaine shipped to the United States.

With an estimated worth of $40 billion, Escobar made the Forbes billionaires list of the world’s richest people seven years in a row, beginning in 1987.

He stopped at nothing to protect his drug trafficking business and was said to be behind the murders of thousands of people.

Escobar was behind about 80 per cent of America’s cocaine supply in the 80s and by the 90s, he had a net worth of about $40 billion.

Escobar’s business was so big that in addition to planes, helicopters, cars, trucks, and boats, he even bought two submarines for transporting his cocaine into the United States.

The rise and fall of Pablo Escobar was dramatised in the hit Netflix series Narcos.

Escobar married Maria Victoria Henao when she was just 15-years-old and the pair remained together until his death in 1993.

They had two children — Juan Pablo, who has since changed his name to Sebastian Marroquin, and Manuela.

After Escobar’s death, his family fled the country and travelled for a year before being granted asylum in Argentina.

He was eventually killed on a Medellin rooftop during a shootout as he was trying to flee from the police on December 2, 1993.

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