design et al are delighted to announce that Waldrop + Nichols have been shortlisted for Hotel Under 200 Rooms – Americas & Caribbean Award in The International Hotel & Property Awards 2019.
Nestled on a picturesque beachfront in Naples, Florida and overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort designed by Waldrop + Nichols features sparkling turquoise waters, white sandy beaches and a contemporary lifestyle where guests feel at home. A phased renovation began in 2018 and features luxurious guest rooms, a reinvigorated lobby, and a casually cool vibe for its signature restaurant.
Drawing design inspirations from the natural surroundings of the resort, the interiors showcase the quiet temperament of relaxed luxury. Responding to the resorts natural charm, stunning ocean views and easy-going attitude, the tranquil hotel blends high-end sophistication with a sense of whimsy to create a calming, subtle environment connected to nature.
Welcoming visitors with a quintessential coastal elegance, the lobby celebrates the diverse ecosystems of southern Florida through the use of custom artwork reflective of local flora and fauna, cerused oak, and dramatic wicker lounge seating, evoking a sense of chic luxury softened by nature. The Barcelona-based artist, Sophie-Elizabeth Thompson, created a custom sculpture for Baleen, the signature restaurant of LaPlaya. The sculpture is reflective of a whale bone, and her approach of creating a calm natural subconscious response to the world around her marries with the design approach throughout the property.
From private balconies guests enjoy expansive ocean views. Inside, spacious guest rooms offer over-sized patterned area rugs, four-post beds with Floridian-inspired textiles, and custom designed artwork. It was important to bring a holistic approach to the design through the integration of South Florida’s subtropical beauty, as well as to reflect the easy going attitude of the area with a relaxed interior that balanced refined luxury with a calming palette connected to nature.