Mexican Hotel Collection Velas Resorts expands its portfolio with a new hotel in Los Cabos that shelters a distinctly local design narrative born from collaboration…
Ricardo Elias, Principal of Elias and Elias Architects in Guadalajara, who designed the highly acclaimed Grand Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya, Riviera Nayarit and Los Cabos, returned once again as the architectural designer for Grand Velas Boutique Hotel Los Cabos.
The timeless design of the 79-key hotel is one of informal elegance, with neutral tones and a contemporary showcase of traditional Mexican architecture and craftsmanship.
The concept of the lattice of the main façade was to achieve a three-dimensional floral texture of wood, which functions on one hand as a light diffuser into the lobby but also as the differentiator and focal point of the exterior architecture. The most striking thing about this hotel, unlike any other, is that it is terraced in a staggered arrangement that manages to have sunshine in each of the rooms, all framed by the hanging bougainvillea planters.
The stepped building softens its encounter with the beach and the sea and Mexican touches are found throughout, including a lush garden with many local cacti. Another visual highlight, the mosaic design of the bottom of the pool in tiles in shades of green and pink are designed to look like a garden.
Ernesto Vela, Founder and Director of Vela Ruiz Arquitectos, created spaces within Grand Velas Boutique that evoke relaxation with natural materials and a soothing natural palette.
The boutique, lobby, and spa design are under the design direction of Melin Castro, Image Director at Velas Resorts and Director of the interior design firm M.C Design, also based in Guadalajara. A highlight of the resort’s art program is work from renowned Mexican visual artist Adrián Guerrero in the lobby. Guerrero’s work denotes a constant search to analyse human perception supported by the field of philosophy from different levels, generating new reflections and re-signifying what seems to be common to us. A display of art is featured in every corner of Grand Velas Boutique. Alone valued at $100,000 USD, two striking white oak benches handcrafted by Matthias Pliessnig are a visual highlight of the lobby. The sinuous forms each mirror the design lines of the other.
Grand Velas Boutique features 79 spacious suites, all more than 83 square metres, with living area with sofa, walk-in shower, and two queens or one king size bed. With garden or ocean views, each suite’s private terrace is large with outdoor seating, accompanied by a Jacuzzi or plunge pool and fire pit.
A contemporary Mexican design features a neutral palate with handsome textural interest and Mexican art complemented by metal accents. Bathrooms, meanwhile, offer a Vitamin C filtered handheld shower head that neutralises chlorine, which saves water and enhances performance.
Opening later this month, SE Spa at Grand Velas Boutique Los Cabos will provide an oasis of calm and tranquility, where guests can escape and immerse themselves in a sensory journey inspired by the fusion of the ocean and desert unique to the state of Baja California Sur.
Main image credit: Velas Resorts