Gold Key – Guestroom Upscale
The Highlights: Volume and space denote luxury at this property, and a sense of openness is the central feeling—with a touch of jungle-meets-coastal flair. It is the Yucatan Peninsula, after all, a place that evokes images of lush mangroves, sand, and water.
In guestrooms, natural materials with an understated palette are quietly celebrated. The French gray, honed-marble flooring, meant to be experienced barefoot, offers a cooling, calming quality. Wood ceilings bring coziness to the room; walls covered in chukum—a limestone-based, ancient Mayan stucco with resin from native trees—are balanced by handcrafted millwork.
“The design supports what is found in place, reflecting the wild and tranquil atmosphere. This is a new kind of luxury, one not informed by the cost of opulent finishes but by the craftsmanship and the source and context of the materials,” says Nina Grondin, partner at Curioso.
Design Firms: Curioso, Chicago and Merida, Mexico, and Francisco HanhausenArquitectura y DiseÑo, Mexico City | Architecture Firm: KinceArquitectura, Cancún | Client and Purchasing Firm: Atelier de Hoteles, Cancún | Photo: Daniel Kelleghan