Minimalism in Mexico: Design Hotel Mar Adentro

Affectionately known as Cabo by its A-list clientele, the Los Cabos coastline is a notorious party hotspot bound by white sand beaches and sparkling blue waters set at the edge of a vast desert and craggy mountain ranges. Occupying the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, the region is made up of two coastal towns: Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, linked together by a 32-kilometre tourist corridor – a string of luxury resorts and world-class golf courses dotting the coastline.

Aerial view

Renowned as the sophisticated sister to the raging Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo, once a quiet Spanish colonial village, has been transformed into a refined resort city, now occupied by fine dining restaurants, high-end galleries and stylish boutiques. It is here, on the outer rim of the Baja Peninsula, that luxury travellers will find Mar Adentro.

There are no signs indicating the road toward this five-star resort, appearing from the outside as nothing more than minimalist white walls with small rectangular openings. Beyond the simple exterior, however, is an entirely different reality. Imagined by architect Miguel Angel Aragonés to mimic the endlessness of the horizon, its design favours the element of water, the structure intended to give the impression that it is floating.

Bar at Nido

Each of the 189 rooms and nine villas provide guests with ocean views – the suites are suspended boxes finished with white tones, floor to ceiling glass windows, clean lines and the most contemporary in-room technology. From the exterior, the sleek minimalist buildings are surrounded by reflective pools bordered by dark stone pathways that lead to the resort’s central body of water. The water is drawn from the sea, desalinated, purified and distributed throughout the resort; the property itself a sustainable water project.

In the centre of Mar Adentro sits the main restaurant, Nido, an oval-shaped bird’s-nest-like structure that has been crafted from twigs by local craftsmen. Inside, a mix of traditional Mexican and international cuisine is served at a communal table twice a day; chilaquiles (corn tortillas topped with salsa) and huevos rancheros (Mexican-style fried eggs) for breakfast, and seasonal ceviche and seafood for lunch. Dinner can be taken in Origen, a white, open-walled restaurant that looks directly out onto the Sea of Cortez, the source of the restaurant’s fresh seafood offerings.

Hotel balcony

The water feeds into Mar Adentro’s wellness concept, one that is realised in the multi-sensory spa. A 608-square metre indoor space, the spa is filled with aromatherapy scents and special compilations from contemporary composers such a John Luther Adams and Johan Johansson alongside classical composers like Bach and Vivaldi. A yoga-training program is also offered to guests at various venues throughout the resort. By nightfall, Mar Adentro is illuminated in a spectrum of hues, the colours controlled by the individual room lighting in each of the guest suites.

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