Design concept: Paradero Todos Santos, Mexico

by | 12 Mar 2021 | Design, Design Concept

In our latest TOPHOTELDESIGN exclusive, we look inside Paradero Todos Santos, a recently opened luxury hotel showcasing the work of Yektajo Valdez Architects, B-Huber and Polen.

Debuting in January 2021 to coincide with the launch of Paradero Hotels, Mexico’s first luxury experience-inclusive brand, this remarkable retreat promises to deliver truly memorable stays.

An experience-led hotel concept

Paradero Hotels has made an immediate impression with the opening of Paradero Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, a 35-suite property located less than 50 miles from San Jose del Cabo Airport. This relaxed surf town represents the first opportunity for the brand to realise its vision of creating a hospitality experience that promotes authentic encounters and minimises environmental impact; over time, the concept will then be rolled out to other pristine locations across Mexico.

This newbuild hotel spans five acres of verdant land within the Mesa farming community, which due to its proximity to the equator is made up of five ecosystems: the desert with 200-year-old cacti, an oasis of 5,000 palm trees, the Sierra La Laguna mountains, miles of the Pacific coastline’s beach and swathes of farmland. Owing to this diversity, Todos Santos is a designated Unesco Biosphere Reserve.

Experiences here range from surfing, guided hikes and farming tutorials to Baja taco tours, cooking classes and cliffside champagne and burrito tastings. Through these experiences, which go hand in hand with sustainability, community development and conservation, the hotel aims to immerse guests in the surrounding nature and connect them with local knowledge and storytelling.

Nature-inspired design for indoor-outdoor living

The scheme is being described by Paradero Hotels as an 80% landscape/20% development project, with a 100,000 sq ft botanical garden at its heart. Mexico City-based landscape architecture firm Polen chose 80 endemic plant species for the grounds, planting more than 20,000 plants in total.

Meanwhile, Mexico-based architectural firm Yektajo Valdez Architects was tasked with achieving a fusion of indoor and outdoor living, where sanctuary-like interiors flow across to outdoor seating areas and the surrounding landscape. Trapezoid in shape, the property has been created with the aim of ensuring each suite features views of the extraordinary terrain.

In terms of architectural design, the hotel is distinguished by its beige-colored concrete structure, with details in tornillo timber and custom-made metal and Mayan triangle patterns throughout. Public areas here include the Living Room gathering hub, a rooftop doubling as a yoga deck, a 130 ft infinity pool, a hot tub and a half-moon lounge deck. And the restaurant offers a theatrical dining experience, with an open kitchen featuring a wood-fired oven and Oaxacan clay tortilla oven.

The 35 suites range from 780 to 2,674 sq ft in indoor-outdoor size, with garden suites extending into the landscape, some with an outdoor circular soaking tub, and rooftop suites offering panoramic views, which can be taken in from suspended ‘star nets’. The Master Casita is then spread over three floors, with its own dining area, kitchenette and plunge pool.

Interior design firm B-Huber, known for projects such as Edition Riviera Maya and Four Seasons Tamarindo, oversaw the enticing interiors, integrating monochromatic tones with a sand and natural colour palette. Furnishings here have been custom-crafted and locally sourced from Guadalajara and Oaxaca, and key items are also available to purchase.

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