Lifestyle & Travel

Jul 1, 2017

PACIFIC VIEW

San José del Cabo, on the tip of Baja California South, Mexico, is the host for the recent work of Mexican architect Miguel Angel Aragonés. The region is separated from the mainland by the Cortez Sea, the strip of water which is home to numerous Unesco sites and one of the worlds' richest marine ecosystem.

It shares the title of a known movie from Alejandro Amenábar (Spanish-Chilean director), from 2004, but it's nothing related to it. It shares the northern Pacific Ocean view and it has everything related to it. It looks like several cubic buildings inside the ocean and it is precisely that!

Mar Adentro is the first floating hotel in the world, even though "floating" is not for real. The Hotel and resort is placed real close and all its views lead towards to the ocean. In fact, Miguel Aragonés claims "every single room or space in the hotel provides a view into the ocean".

The hotel was designed in collaboration with local artisans. Its' simple lines stand out in the local landscape and offer limpid spaces that stimulate wellbeing and peaceful living, together with the sky and water.

The hotel centrepiece is a large reflective pool, crisscrossed with some dark stone walkways lined by white sheeted lounges and a unique bird's-nest-shaped sushi restaurant.

On three sides of the pool, a palatial complex of sharp angles white volumes which house a sea spa, an art gallery, a movie theatre, several upscale restaurants and over 200 guest rooms.

The accommodations cover three levels of water terraces. The arrangements and differences in height allow each level to have a clear view of the sea. Each terrace consists of a huge rectangular pool with a solo dry path that splits it in half. Villas and apartments are arranged in each terrace in an arc shape that makes them look like islands, while the panoramic side remains open towards the beach and the sea.

The bigger buildings are blocks of flats, with nude facades and rectangular big windows. These are located on the highest terraces, while the villas are nestled on the lower terraces.

The rooms go from 50 square metres (for two persons), to the 90 square metres suites, the 100 square metres special suites, the two bedroom suites (150 square metres), villas with three bedrooms and 465 square metres and, last but not least, the 620 square metres villa with five bedrooms.

The villas have their own private swimming pool and all accommodations have a private open space with an ocean view.

Mar Adentro is a showpiece of high technology. There is no need to download a bulky app on a mobile phone; the reception staff consigns a tablet to each guest at check-in, with intuitive controls. The idea is to provide the clients with the opportunity to personalize their accommodations as they wish.

With the tablet, the guests can manage everything in their rooms, from regulation of open curtains, heat or cool the rooms to suit the favourite temperature, communicate with the staff, request a new toothbrush or even book a personal chef.

At Mar Adentro, the guests can have all they want without the usual physical interference of waiters.

Moreover, each guest can adjust the intensity and colour of the artificial light, choosing between shades of rose, magenta and tangerine. Thus, in the evening, the facades look like modern paintings, thanks to the different coloured windows.

The interiors have been built by the Italian brand of interior design Poliform, according to a modular system. Together with the architect, they designed 12 different options allowing the guests to obtain larger accommodations according to their requirements. 

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