Nestled among lush mangrove jungles and ancient ruins along the Mayan Coast, overlooking the azure waters of the Caribbean, the Hilton Cancun was designed to delight the senses. Combining Yucatán sensibilities with an ambience of elegant sophistication, the design of the 715 Key family estate embodies feelings of tranquility, authenticity, and rejuvenation.
The project was designed collaboratively by a team of experts with the common goals of enhancing the natural beauty of the site and optimizing the guest experience. SB Architects, an award-winning international architecture firm focused on designing inspirational and inspirational hospitality destinations, led the design of the project. HBA San Francisco led the design of the property’s interiors, including public areas, guest rooms, lobby bar, all-day dining concept, and event spaces, while HBA DNA created a bespoke orientation. Planning, landscape architecture and urban design firm, EDSA, discussed site layout, guest arrival sequence and design details related to grading, paving, lighting, landscaping and the materiality of the landscape.
“The building takes on a linear form due to the narrowness of the site compressed between the vast natural and unspoiled habitat of the mangrove on one side and the white sands of the beach on the other. The Hilton becomes a transitional element between jungle and water,” said Stefano Falbo, Vice President/Senior Partner, SB Architects.
The design is classically inspired and contemporary in attitude. Marrying the incredible landscape with striking architecture, SB Architects’ design for the property responds to the natural conditions of the site, creating a continuous interaction between interior and exterior space.
Interiors designed by HBA San Francisco explore the intersection of light and shadow in homage to the sun and its undeniable ability to transform color, texture and form. Bold, sculptural gestures combine with layered finishes, perspective repeats and elements of transparency, creating a nature-inspired spatial experience that gracefully achieves harmony between the playful and the refined.
“Our team took inspiration from the surrounding environment to create an elevated scenario for the interiors in which we infused elements of local culture, art and textiles to keep guests intrigued and engaged as they explore every space on the property,” said partner Meghann Day. , HBA San Francisco. “Hilton Cancun’s design is an expression of precision and a subtle balance between simplicity and selected moments. It echoes our pride in being able to give each project its own authentic appeal.
Connection to nature
The design encourages the use of natural sensory stimuli and biophilia to support well-being, emotional engagement and restoration. Respecting the natural setting while introducing the brand’s signature contemporary luxury, the site is an elegant oasis that guides guests on an exclusive journey of cultural immersion. Classic Mexican materials are blended beautifully with modern technology. Filtered light contrasts with solid elements and muted palettes, creating a subtle interplay of light and shadow fundamental to the design.
The site’s stunning ocean views inspired the biophilic focus for the design, with hues of blue and coral reefs as primary design focuses. Unique reef structures inspired the hotel’s balconies, creating angular focal points.
Arrival area and hall
A winding path through the mangroves sets the tone for explorations of curiosity within and views of paradise beyond. In the lobby lounge, a soft, neutral palette is covered in familiar patterns and warm tones to evoke the warmth of the sun and create a vibrant atmosphere. Flexible seating groups are anchored by area rugs in defined, intimate areas and allow for a multitude of experiences. Stone platforms rise from the ground to become benches while organically curving sofas are elegantly oriented between handcrafted screen elements. Cleverly contrasting finishes and subtle textures encourage customers to experience the space not only visually, but also through touch and feel.
Lobby bar and all-day dining
With beauty in its materiality and balanced forms, the lobby bar is an iconic moment where socializing opportunities are maximized. The exquisite stone material of the bar lends a jewel-like presence. Suspended weightlessly above is an oversized seashell-inspired sculpture, which brings a feminine allure to an otherwise beautiful aesthetic.
Like the lobby, the all-day dining concept is impressive, made up of individual areas where guests can enjoy a unique dining experience on their return. A full-height wall of patterned cement blocks offers passers-by a glimpse of the active space within which a row of sculptural banquettes rest nonchalantly beneath a ceiling of nautical-inspired ropes and pendant lights.
The rooms are a study in understated elegance, a refreshing respite with authenticity and city attitude. Oversized travertine-inspired floor tiles set the stage for a clean, seaside palette while a duo of unpolished wood tones come together to elevate the visual vocabulary.
In the entrance above the bar, a seashell-inspired wall sculpture adorns a woven backdrop to convey an artful welcome and suggest local textures and traditions. A headboard wall where a lighted recess showcases the distinctive natural grain of the tropical wood planks and angled end cuts that subtly reference the architectural language of the hall space makes a defining statement in the bedroom. sleep.
Opposite the bed is a living wood wall ledge, which leads the eye to the dining area where an open weave pendant light casts a warm glow and softly dancing shadows on the surrounding surfaces. Floor-to-ceiling glass, tinted in sultry bronze, echoes the jewel-like elements of the lobby bar and offers the bathroom space a touch of privacy while inviting in natural light and exterior views .
Indoor and outdoor spaces promote well-being
With an ephemeral connection to patterns in nature, modern lines and undulating forms facilitate design’s use of sensory stimuli and biophilia to support well-being and emotional engagement. EDSA has strived to create fluid transitions between interior and exterior spaces to generate an even flow within the volumetric site, while paired aesthetics and broken edges create movement, texture and a pattern of pause. . Physical elements such as pools, water features, decorative retaining walls, and landscape effects are consistently supported by a network of courtyards and pathways that draw guests into and around the property.
“These outdoor spaces guide the user’s journey, allowing guests to experience a unique and luxurious stay,” said Astrid Hoffmann, Director of EDSA. “Designed on the ideologies of flexibility and the human senses, the lightly programmed installations balance excitement and relaxation throughout the day and welcome the sights and sounds of existing nature for a fully immersive experience.”