CAPELLA PEDREGAL DE CABO
Seaside Resorts: March, 2013
article by: Scott Whittaker
photography: Robert Reck
Nestled on the Baja peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, the ocean provides a backdrop for Capella Pedregal resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, built into the rugged and rocky mountains. Designed by HKS Hill Glazier Studio, the resort combines a 66-suite hotel, 31 fractional-ownership units and 20 whole-ownership residences into an upscale, luxurious experience for visitors and residents alike. The all-suite hotel offers all guests ocean views and a private or plunge pool. Three superior waterfront units as well as three beachfront bungalows are offered. Guests are treated to the ultimate in style and relaxation with a mountaintop spa, state-of-the-art fitness centre and salon. A resort pool and sun deck link the hotel and the private residence club while the resort restaurant features an impressive view of the pool and ocean.
A modern interpretation of Pacific coastal Mexican vernacular architecture using indigenous materials, the resort blends with the ruggedness of the site, creating minimal visual impact and harmonizing with the enviroment. All the materials used are from the region and crafted by local artisans - the only way to create a true, authentic experience. The beautiful gold's and ochre's of the local quarries, from which the stone for the buildings were extracted, inspired both the exterior and the interior colour scheme. Local craftsmen provided everything from sculptures to hand-carved doors, allowing the guest to become immersed in the local culture.
The mountains presented an unusual challenge - the steep elevation change was not passable. To meet this obstacle and preserve the existing landscape, a passageway was carved through the mountain to reach the oceanfront beyond. Hotel guests drive through the passage to access the resort. Exiting the tunnel, guests are greeted with a stunning ocean view framed by two residence buildings. The site is comprised of a series of small buildings that help to not only preserve the rocky surroundings, but sit better in the steep terrain. This creates a unique setting for each building and achieves incredible, unobstructed views to the Pacific Ocean for them all.