Waldorf Astoria makes its debut in Cancun

Hilton has announced the opening of Waldorf Astoria Cancun, the brand’s second property in Mexico and its first in the Mexican Caribbean. Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) drew on the natural splendor of the resort’s surroundings to create an immersive narrative that enhances its beauty.

“The venue—its history and its culture—informed the design of the Waldorf Astoria Cancun in a unique and contemporary way,” says Jacob Royster, associate of HBA San Francisco. “We wanted guests to feel as if they were on a journey of discovery that they are inspired to explore further, walking from the fine white sands to a modern sanctuary where there is a relaxed sense of luxury, seclusion and intrigue.”

A simple materiality enlivens the property’s decor with an organic quality, while refined details and craftsmanship further promote a sense of place. Warm tropical woods envelop spaces lined with rugs reminiscent of the tides. Both raw and polished finishes abound throughout the design, along with mother-of-pearl inlays and other decorative details that shine like moonlight on the sea. The signature Waldorf Astoria clock – composed of marble and mother-of-pearl and accented with jewel-like rings and pearl pendants – in the lobby heralds guests.

Sparkling blue palisandro stone echoes the jewel motif in the Peacock Alley lounge, where transparent shelves and warm metal accents complete the experience. Among the F&B options, Malpeque serves as the signature restaurant anchored by an open fire grill and lively open kitchen. All-day brasserie Chaya and traditional Mexican cantina JA’O evoke a convivial flair. The pool bar also acts as a social hub.

In addition to more than 68,000 square feet of meeting and event space, the Waldorf Astoria Cancun is home to a Waldorf Astoria Spa. The 40,000 square meter wellness facility includes 21 indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, a salon, sauna, thermal area, relaxation lounges and an outdoor spa pool and garden.

Accommodation is richly layered with textures and tonality, as well as an interplay between light and objects inspired by the dramatic shadows cast by abundant local flora. Each of the 173 rooms and suites boast private balconies equipped with bathtubs overlooking the sea, while neutral hues and supple textures create tranquility in the interiors. Warm metallic tones and glowing light fixtures filter through elegant art screens that separate the welcoming sitting area from the master bedroom. The bathrooms span the length of each room, flooded with natural light and defined by a blue ombré mosaic wall. Artwork by Victoria Villasana further enlivens the rooms through an exploration of coral textures.

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