Set among the Caribbean’s lush mangrove jungles and ancient Mayan ruins overlooking the coastline, Waldorf Astoria was designed with the goals of enhancing the natural beauty of the locale and optimizing the guest experience.
A team of experts worked collaboratively to define the aesthetic for the resort.SB Architects, an award-winning international architecture firm focused on designing soulful and inspiring hospitality destinations, led the project design. HBA San Francisco led the design of the property’s interiors including public spaces, guest rooms and suites, spa, event areas, and an all-day brasserie. EDSA, a planning, landscape architecture, and urban design firm, addressed site layout, guest arrival sequence, and design detailing related to grading, paving, lighting, hardscape, and landscape materiality.
Combining Yucatán sensibilities with an ambiance of stylish sophistication replete with luxury amenities, modern essentials, and world-class hospitality, the design embodies feelings of tranquility, authenticity, and rejuvenation. The resort features 150 well-appointed guest rooms and 30 suites with waterfront or mangrove-facing terraces and private balconies, a rejuvenating spa, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, two plunge pools, and multiple dining experiences. To create a distinct theme for the wide range of signature food and beverage options, a different interior designer was chosen for each outlet.
The overall design imbues a connection to nature through modern lines, repetitive patterns, and undulating forms that mimic the sea.
The interplay of widths from balcony to balcony mimics the shape of local sand dunes giving the façade an expressive and well-defined aesthetic movement.
Keeping with the natural Cancun setting whilst introducing the brand’s signature of contemporary luxury, the site also guides guests on an exclusive journey of cultural immersion. Traditional Mexican materials are blended to great effect with modern technology, such as the dark, rich wood paneling and metal detailing used to create the distinctive pattern of the façade and inspired by the textures of local fabrics, particularly quilts. Filtered light contrasts with solid elements and muted palettes, creating a subtle interplay of shadow and light fundamental to the design and ambiance of the hotel.