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The extraordinary natural surroundings of the peninsula of Baja California, with its semi-desert landscape in shades of ochre and contrasting deep blue of the Sea of Cortes, provide an ideal setting for a new landmark hotel

Project: San José del Cabo Hotel, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Architect and interior designer: Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

From the architects:

Celebrating the integration between landscape, architecture and art, Solaz Los Cabos covers a total area of 9.8 hectares along a section of the coast that includes unique topographical formations.

The architectural concept was guided by this need for the proper integration of the construction into its surroundings. This was achieved through the use of organic forms that refer to the movement of the waves, producing an attractive series of volumes that are adapted to the location.

The selection of materials, planting and construction methods reinforce this concept of integration and were meticulously studied to ensure they would suit this beautiful site.


Services provided by the development are designed to offer a range of accommodation and hospitality options to visitors from both Mexico and abroad. It comprises hotel, apartments, restaurants, spa, amenities, site museum, open plazas and more.

As a result of the natural steep topography of the site, which climbs from sea level towards the north, it was decided to form three large curved terraces running east-west, and to place the hotel rooms at the western end.

The circulation between these terraces is via narrow cuttings that also operate as dividing passageways with dense planting to separate the different functions, generating greater privacy.

Given the slope, each terrace rises above the other in stepped fashion, with south-facing facades meaning that all the spaces enjoy spectacular views of the sea.

The amenities including swimming pools, beach club, sun loungers are located on the lowest level, by the beach.

The access level is located within the principal building. This construction, which displays great plasticity of form and organic movement, resembles three blocks stacked on top of each other.

Each block contains two floors to give a total of six and contains hotel rooms inside.

The apartments operated by the hotel are three volumes of square proportions distributed along the length of the south side of the site. 

The different typologies of this hotel’s suites and rooms emerge from the topography that merges harmoniously with the sandy beach. To reach them, a courtyard-lobby serves as both entryway and bridge between the topographic undulations of the exterior and the welcoming geometry of the interior.

A warm atmosphere created using tropical wood, textiles with fresh, Mexican colors, and lines marked out in stone generate a distinctive contemporary aesthetic in every room.

One of the conceptual pillars of Solaz Los Cabos is the artistic intervention in many of the spaces. Here, Mexican artist Cesar López Negrete creates and exhibits over 400 works of art that commemorate the life and culture of Baja California in ancient times.

His artistic vision complements each detail of the construction, at both the micro-level (hotel rooms) and the macro-level (open plazas and common spaces), in the appropriation of the space and the integration with the site.

The presence of Solaz in Los Cabos is notable thanks to the way the architecture is woven into an integrated landscape project, created in partnership with Gabayet 101 Paisaje.

The palette of plants was complemented with further native species according to the landscape design and the intention of each space.

In this way, the architecture and landscaping harmonize with the external walkways, passages, outdoor amenities, lobbies, restaurants, green roofs on the volumes that descend to the sea, and so on. These landscaped areas seek to imitate the local vegetation and its unique natural setting.

With its contemporary Mexican design, its proper integration into the landscape, and the sum of an integral art project, this hotel is expected to be the next icon in the international hospitality industry.

Credit list

Architect and Interior designer
Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos
Structural engineer
Ing. Jaime Palacios
Air conditioning engineer
DYPRO
Hydrosanitary engineer
Termo Aire Consultores Mecánicos
Fire safety engineer
Viza Fire
Lighting consultant
Luz y Forma
AV consultant
Innovative Design
Construction
Quinta del Golfo de Cortés S.A. de C.V.
Electric engineer
Cien Acres
Systems & special engineer
Innovative Design
Water treatment plant engineer
Hidro Ecología Especialistas en Tratamiento de Agua
Landscape consultant
Gabayet Paisajistas
Acoustic consultant
Omar Saad
Fire safety consultant
Bice Vertical

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Rafael Gamo

09 Feb, 2020