The project is located in the heart of Playa del Carmen on an irregular site that slopes down to the sea, with a 140-meter beachfront and a significant area of natural mangrove to be preserved.
▼酒店外观，exterior view ©Image courtesy Paul Rivera
A series of studies of distribution, land use and protection of the natural area led to the development of an architectural program divided into three blocks with architectural solutions that protect and enhance the environment. Each block is designed with a different intention to generate a wide range of sensations, routes and experiences for guests and visitors.
▼首层平面图，plans ©Image courtesy Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos
The first block forms the connection between the avenue and the hotel, creating an interior roadway for pedestrians and vehicles lined by retail stores, generating an informal urban ambience recalling that of the famous 5th Avenue. This indoor street ascends to define the access route to the main plaza, which becomes the motor lobby. Taking advantage of this elevation, the ballrooms are located beneath the plaza, while the back of house areas are located underneath this indoor street.
▼酒店主入口，the main entrance ©Image courtesy Paul Rivera
▼宴会厅设于入口广场之下，the ballroom located beneath the entrance plaza ©Image courtesy Paul Rivera
▼入口大台阶细节，the grand stairs detail ©Image courtesy Paul Rivera
▼入口大堂内景，the lobby interior ©Image courtesy Paul Rivera
▼入口大堂的另一侧面对大海，the lobby facing the sea ©Image courtesy Paul Rivera
The second block is located at the center of the site, forming a visual and spatial connection between the various elements. It takes a rectangular shape, surrounded by a four- story block of hotel rooms. Inside are the fabulous mangrove gardens, which are preserved and used to create a central garden, the perfect setting for the surrounding rooms.
▼被酒店房间环绕的红树林花园，左侧是散步道，the mangrove gardens being the perfect setting for the surrounding rooms ©Image courtesy Paul Rivera
Above this garden and right at the center of the second block there is an open covered pedestrian walkway, with amenities, pavilions and exceptional sea views, which can be seen from the first block. The space beneath this promenade area is employed for the meeting rooms and spa.
▼从入口大堂沿着散步道向海边漫步，the covered walkways ©Image courtesy Paul Rivera
A large curved, conical, stone-clad volume rising from the earth is the principal visual element related to the spa. Its design alludes to the magnificent cenote pools that are unique to this area. Inside an expansive, peaceful space is provided for guests to relax. Beyond the cenote’s top, guests descend a ramp and arrive at a large area that features kiosk that serve different kinds of refreshments one might find in a traditional Mexican market, such as agua fresca.
▼高高耸立的天井象征着本地特有的石灰岩沉积洞穴，成为空间漫步的高潮，the cenote being a climax of the promenade ©Image courtesy Paul Rivera
▼天井下有一片户外休闲空间，可以享用传统小吃，the open space with kiosk providing refreshments ©Image courtesy Paul Rivera
As the closest to the sea, the third block offers the best views, which are shared with the rest of the site and enhanced with a striking 12-meter high window that spans 55 meters wide.
This final block is the heart of the hotel and accommodates the entertainment amenities, with the advantage of the direct contact with the beach. The pools and terraces surround the four-story building providing the rooms and suites with the best views.
▼从“海景之窗”可以直达辽阔的海滩，享受壮丽的海景，the third block has direct contact with the beach as well as fantastic views ©Image courtesy Paul Rivera
▼从游泳池可以通往spa，the entrance to the spa ©Image courtesy Paul Rivera
▼spa位于天井的下方，the spa beneath the cenote ©Image courtesy Paul Rivera
建筑师Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos负责所有的建筑设计，以及spa的室内设计、水池、健身房、俱乐部、蜜月套房、两个餐厅以及饭店后勤区的设计。而Rockwell Group则承担了宴会厅，会议室，两个特色餐厅和凉亭的内部设计。散步道、客房和套房设计由两家公司共同完成。
The selection of materials and finishes was based on adaptation to the surroundings, with sand-colored cladding and stone, extensive use of natural wood, native vegetation, water bodies, and warm, indirect lighting, among other details. The project’s largest and most significant spaces were purpose-designed to showcase artworks. The concept of this art was worked in conjunction with the artist César López-Negrete, and his pieces were specifically created for this project.
Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos was responsible for the complete architectural design and the interior design of the SPA, pools, fitness center, Grand Club lounge, the brides room, two restaurants and the back of the house. Rockwell Group designed the interior of the ballrooms, meeting rooms, two signature restaurants and the kiosks. Together, Sordo Madaleno with Rockwell Group designed the paseo, guest rooms and suites.
▼ 设有艺术品的电梯厅，artworks and elevators ©Image courtesy Paul Rivera
▼客房外的走廊，the corridor of the guest rooms ©Image courtesy Paul Rivera
▼客房室内，room interior ©Image courtesy Paul Rivera
▼艺术品装点的庭院，patio and artwork ©Image courtesy Paul Rivera
▼悬挑层平面图，cantilevered floor plan ©Image courtesy Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas
▼spa平面图，spa floor plan ©Image courtesy Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas
▼剖面图，sections ©Image courtesy Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas
President: Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas
Architecture Leader: Javier Sordo Madaleno de Haro
Project Leader: Andrés Cajiga
Construction Area: 60,000 sqm
Location: Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Project Manager: Daniel López
Design Team: Liliana Reyes, Maricarmen Lazo, Perla Vázquez, Andre Jaques Bodin
Photography: Paul Rivera
English text: Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos
Chinese text: gooood editor Yi Ting