July 23, 2014 | By VACV |
What inspired the design of the new IBEROSTAR Playa Mita?
When I arrived on the west coast, I hiked high into the hills. I found an authentic Huichol community, and they were my inspiration. The whole resort is in harmony with the environment and filled with local, traditional artwork and creations.
Did you source locally?
Of course. A lot of furniture, artwork and materials were sourced locally. All the wooden centre tables, bars and stools were made from fallen trees. We also used Mexican marble and local Devil Ear’s wood.
The jaguar head in the lobby is very impressive.
It’s six and a half feet wide, the largest ever created. We commissioned Huichol artists to create it for us. It took six artists two and a half months. The jaguar is a powerful animal and each part of the beaded decoration represents part of their cosmology.
The Pacific Express Restaurant is surprising.
I was born and raised near a train station. Trains come and go, carrying thousands of people and stories. When I was young, I also travelled by train throughout India, from New Delhi to the holy city of Benares, a trip that had a great impact on me. I wanted to recapture the golden age of train travel so I designed this gourmet à la carte to feel like a dining car on a luxury railroad.
Not all the design is Mexican?
No, we drew international inspiration from South East Asia and had furniture for the guest rooms, a stone sculpture for the spa, and the pagoda near the pool created in Java that represents an old type of building, known as jogloo. It is typical of Java.
How would you describe this resort in one word?
Unique. It’s modern and has the best facilities and service but it also has a strong identity that I hope all our guests will enjoy. We wanted to create an unforgettable space, and I think we have succeeded.