Modest Holiday Retreat by David Cervera Nestles amongst the Palms in Mexico

A natural finish made from tree sap covers this compact summer house on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, which has plenty of hammocks for relaxing in the shade.

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Designed by local architect David Cervera, El Palmar is sits within a grove of palms in Chuburna – a narrow barrier island north of Mérida.

The home measures just 90 square metres, with enough space for a bedroom, bathroom, living and kitchen area. “It is a simple scheme of three spaces looking to a semi-open terrace to the north,” said the architect.

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Its plan is divided into almost equal sections, which each face the back yard. The first has no end walls so is exposed to the outside, with a hammock strung across the gap overlooking the garden.

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The second, containing the living areas, has full-height glass doors that fold open for access to a terrace that extends from inside. Another hammock stretches in front of the opening.

Finally, the bedroom has tall windows that provide views of a long swimming pool, which runs parallel to the terrace but reaches much further into the palm landscape.

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The building is clad and lined in a local material called chukum, a waterproof coating made from tree sap. This complements polished concrete floors, which are inlaid with mosaics.

Selected surfaces both inside and out are tinted a dusty pink, while others are covered with contrasting turquoise tiles.

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The Yucatan peninsula is a popular vacation spot for both Mexicans and tourists. Resorts like Cancun and Tulum have an abundance of accommodation, including a boutique hotel in Pablo Escobar’s former mansion and an eco-hotel that offers a treehouse suite.

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