Waldorf Astoria debuts in Cancun
Hilton announced the opening of Waldorf Astoria Cancunthe brand’s second property in Mexico and its first in the Mexican Caribbean. Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) drew inspiration from the natural splendor of the resort’s setting to create an immersive narrative that enhances its beauty.
“The place – its history and culture – influenced the design of the Waldorf Astoria Cancun in a unique and modern way,” says HBA San Francisco Partner Jacob Royster. “We wanted guests to feel like they are on a journey of discovery that they are inspired to explore further, moving from soft white sand to a modern sanctuary where there is a relaxed sense of luxury, seclusion and peace. ‘plot.”
A simple materiality animates the interiors of the property with an organic quality, while refined details and craftsmanship further promote a sense of place. Warm tropical woods envelop carpeted spaces reminiscent of the tides. Raw and polished finishes abound throughout the design, along with pearlescent inlays and other decorative touches that shimmer like moonlight on the sea. resembling jewels and pearly pendulums, in the hall announces the guests.
Sparkling blue palissandro stone echoes the jewelry motif in the Peacock Alley living room, where translucent shelving and warm metallic accents complete the experience. Among F&B options, Malpeque serves as a signature restaurant anchored by an open-fire grill and lively open kitchen. The all-day dining Chaya Brasserie and traditional Mexican canteen JA’O evoke a friendly atmosphere. The pool bar also serves as a social hub.
In addition to over 68,000 square feet of meeting and event space, the Waldorf Astoria Cancun is home to a Waldorf Astoria Spa. The 40,000 square foot wellness facility includes 21 indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, salon, sauna, spa area, relaxation lounges, outdoor spa pool and garden.
The dwellings are richly layered with textures and tones, as well as a play between light and objects inspired by the dramatic shadows cast by abundant local flora. Each of the 173 rooms and suites has private balconies outfitted with soaking tubs overlooking the ocean, while neutral hues and soft textures instill calm within. Warm metallic tones and bright light fixtures filter through elegant art screens that separate the welcoming sitting area from the bedroom. The bathrooms run the full length of each room, flooded with natural light and defined by a blue shaded mosaic wall. Victoria Villasana’s artwork further enlivens the rooms through an exploration of coral textures.