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The Riviera Maya EDITION at Kanai

Riviera Maya, Mexico

Riviera Maya is famous for its extraordinary landscape, including a 400-year-old mangrove reserve, lagoons, magical cenotes, and one of the largest coral reefs in the world. Our design concept was informed by this lush environment and the surrounding water; we wanted to create the feeling that the resort is a natural extension of the landscape and that its three buildings are an extension of a glowing cenote, with a spa at its nexus.

The 52-seat lobby bar made of honed marble is located to the right of the lobby lounge. A monumental feature wall contains a grid of wood niches displaying local ceramics.

The guestrooms focus views out towards the ocean. An intimate sleeping area balances the grand scale. We accomplished this with a custom four-poster bed with draping swag, custom lighting, nightstands, and a curved sofa, allowing the furniture to segment the space and add softness. The Sky Rooftop Villa, a 27,000-square-foot penthouse suite, is surrounded by glass on three sides, providing unbeatable views of the beach and ocean. The classic neutral EDITION palette is differentiated by materials that pull in the embroidery and patterning of the local area to ensure that Kanai is honored throughout the design of the property.

The Lagoon, the resort’s central pool, features floating cabanas and a shallow sun shelf with loungers.

The Lagoon is surrounded by flowing vegetation, a bar, and a pool deck.

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