Aman to make Mexican debut with Amanvari

Aman Resorts, Hotels & Residences has announced the debut of Amanvari, a hotel nestled between mountains and sea on the East Cape of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. Situated on the shores of the Sea of Cortez, Amanvari is scheduled to open in 2020, and will comprise a hotel alongside residential elements.

Taking its name from the Sanskrit-derived words for peace and water, Amanvari is framed by the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range, and fronted by sand dunes on its own stretch of beach. Sitting on what was once the site of a hacienda, the resort is billed as an otherworldly oasis offering moments of solitude in a dramatic desert landscape.

Los Angeles-based real estate firm Irongate will be tasked with the development of Aman’s first Mexican property, with the firm commissioning architects Heah & Co to create a design that allows the landscape to take centre stage. Each hotel pavilion will take the form of an island rising from the earth, allowing flora and fauna to flow uninterrupted below. Resting on legs, the stilted structures are in keeping with Aman’s design ethos of ensuring that destination informs resort vision.

Part of the wider Costa Palmas development, Amanvari is set to comprise 20 bi-level pavilions with floor to ceiling windows opening onto outdoor terraces and wraparound sundecks, some featuring a cantilevered pool. The main pavilion will form the heart of the resort, taking the shape of an open-air beach atrium. This space will host three restaurants, a library and lounge, as well as a 30-metre infinity pool incorporating four hot tubs. The Aman Spa pavilion will unfold in close proximity.

Vladislav Doronin, Chairman and CEO of Aman, says: “As we continue to evolve Aman, staying true to our ethos, brand and the lifestyle it offers, is our guiding force. Our number one priority is embracing our pathfinder spirit, and with it, introducing our guests to new destinations and experiences. In the context of Amanvari, the raw landscape on the East Cape of the Baja Peninsula is a fitting location for our first destination in Mexico and illustrates our continued commitment to curating resorts of architectural distinction. We look forward to delivering an adventure that is a cultural and spiritual odyssey, as well as a discovery and celebration of its terroir.”

In addition to Amanvari, the Costa Palmas master plan includes a Robert Trent Jones II golf course, 18-acres of organic farms, the members-only Costa Palmas Beach & Yacht Club, and Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas. Amanvari is set at the westernmost edge of the community.

“It is an incredible honour and a dream come true for me to have an Aman resort at Costa Palmas,” says Jason Grosfeld, Chairman and CEO of Irongate. “It is a testament to the beauty of the East Cape that Aman has selected Costa Palmas to be their first destination in Mexico. The unique combination of desert, mountains and palm oasis provides us with an opportunity to create an architectural masterpiece at the edge of the Sea of Cortes. We are thrilled to have Aman join the collection of international brands at Costa Palmas.”