To design an intimate luxury resort, melding the stark desert environment and Pacific Ocean with the rich history, culture and climate of the Baja peninsula.
The Design Solution
Blurring the line between indoors and out, the HKS-led design team took its cues from the site’s natural surroundings on the Sea of Cortez’s white sand beaches and mountainous desert elements. Stairs, bridges and curving paths connect low-rise, angular buildings with white stucco walls. The suites’ full-height doors of wood and glass frame expansive ocean views. The 18-acre property responds to regional influences found along the Pacific Coast of Baja California Sur as its five dozen suites seamlessly melt into the sloping terrain. Each guest suite focuses on water for sight, sound and feel, creating a guest experience of complete escape and exclusivity.
The Design Impact
The resort’s thoughtfully considered programmatic design elements ensured that back-of-house functions are almost completely concealed from guest circulation areas, lending a feel of considerable guest privacy and intimacy. The project carried home-grown impact too, as local artisans and workers were hired for the construction and craftsmanship of the resort.
- 280,000-square-feet (26,000-square-meters)
- 61 guest suites with adobe fireplaces & private patios
- 16 condos
- Infinity pools and swim-up bars
- Personal butler service
- Wine room
- Golf course
- Wedding and conference venues
- 1999 American Society of Landscape Architects, National Merit Award