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Tristan Schukraft’s Vision for Tryst Hotels and LGBTQ+ Luxury Travel

The gay-owned Tryst Hotels will usher in a new era of luxury and inclusion! The Tryst Puerto Vallarta will open this spring, followed by The Tryst San Juan set to open its all-new property in 2025!

Tech entrepreneur and hospitality visionary Tristan Schukraft is looking to redefine the landscape of luxury travel for the LGBTQ+ community with Tryst Hotels. With an unprecedented commitment to excellence, sophistication, and inclusion, Tryst Hotels emerges as the first of its kind: a luxury brand catering to the discerning tastes of gay travelers.

Situated in the most coveted locations within iconic LGBTQ+ travel destinations, Tryst Hotels are designed to be the epicenter of local gay culture, offering a blend of authentic local flair and unparalleled luxury. Each property reflects a deep commitment to eco-conscious practices, supporting the local LGBT community and working with minority-owned businesses, ensuring that every stay contributes to the community. 


The flagship, The Tryst Puerto Vallarta is set in the heart of Zona Romántica and exemplifies the brand’s ethos. Crafted by the distinguished Estudio Esterlina, known for their acclaimed work at Four Seasons Tamarindo, the hotel is a masterpiece of minimal, modern, and Mexican design. The 55-room sanctuary is engineered for connection, offering an intimate setting for guests to mingle and forge lasting bonds. Signature amenities set the stage for an unrivaled luxury experience, including a breathtaking rooftop pool and bar, and a gourmet restaurant featuring the finest in Mexican cuisine. 

“Tryst Hotels are not merely luxury destinations; they are a celebration of gay culture, where every guest is embraced. Our mission is to create spaces where luxury and identity flourish without compromise,” explains Tristan Schukraft, CEO of Tryst Hotels. 

He added, “Even in resorts claiming to be inclusive, my boyfriends and I will still get side-eye from guests from our swimsuits at the pool. These are true five-star properties that provide all the luxurious amenities, discretion, and services gay men want in the world’s top LGBTQ+ travel destinations.” 


The Tryst Puerto Vallarta will start taking reservations in a few weeks. Schukraft is putting his personal touches on it before he welcomes guests in time for Puerto Vallarta Pride. 

As The Tryst Puerto Vallarta prepares to welcome its first guests in the spring of 2024, the brand looks ahead to its next venture, The Tryst San Juan in Puerto Rico. Last year, Schukraft acquired a beachfront hotel which he rebranded as The Tryst Hotel and Beach Club, open now for reservations. Later this year, he will begin a multi-million-dollar renovation to transform it into a five-star beachfront resort. 

Rendering of The Tryst San Juan coming in 2025 (Photo Credit: Tryst Hotels)
Rendering of The Tryst San Juan coming in 2025 (Photo Credit: Tryst Hotels)

Once the renovations are complete in 2025, the property will feature 33 rooms with expanded balconies and terrace suites, a beach club with an infinity pool, a beachfront restaurant and bar, and an additional rooftop bar offering the best views of Condado. The property was formally known as the Atlantic Beach Hotel and played a pivotal role in establishing the renowned gay beach in San Juan, which is now directly in front of the Tryst Hotel and Beach Club in San Juan. Schukraft plans to announce a third luxury resort later this year. 

The Tryst Hotels are part of Schukraft’s vision for a global portfolio of gay businesses that champion diversity, luxury, and adventure. He also founded MISTR, which provides free online PrEP across the United States to more than 275,000 patients. 

This fall, Schukraft will re-open a newly renovated Circo, a well-known LGBTQ+ nightlife venue in San Juan, walking distance to The Tryst San Juan. He has also entered into an agreement to purchase The Abbey Food & Bar and The Chapel in West Hollywood, the iconic gay nightlife venue, twice named the “Best Gay Bar in the World.” Schukraft is expected to take ownership of both nightlife venues once the ABC license transfers over. In the coming months, Tristan will announce more acquisitions as he expands his company and truly embraces the moniker “the CEO of everything gay.” 

For more information and to sign up to be one of the first to book your stay, please visit trysthotels.com and follow @tryst_hotels on social media.

Vacationer Staff

Vacationer Magazine's writing staff works hard to bring you all the latest LGBTQ travel articles to help inspire and inform.

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