The Andaz Mayakoba Restaurants | Andaz Mayakoba Hotel, Riviera Maya, Mexico
The Hyatt Andaz Mayakoba is a full-service resort, currently under construction, located in the Riviera Maya on Mexico’s pristine Gulf Coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Just a few kilometers North of Playa del Carmen, the property spans one kilometer from the inland jungles to the crystal blue sea. CCS Architecture is designing four dining venues for the resort which distributed across the property, each with its own style and atmosphere inspired by local materials, climate, flora and fauna. The ground-up buildings are carefully designed and curated to create a sense of place fitting of the natural landscape. The overall experience reflects casual luxury merged with unique local cuisine together aligning with the Andaz brand.
Cocina Milagro will feature all-day dining and is part of the inland pool and spa area, which is the most family-focused. The restaurant sits upon a stone terrace and provides generous views of the adjacent cenote and mangroves. The restaurant is very much a “pavilion” that has glass doors and full height windows on all sides, allowing the façades to open completely during pleasant weather. The deep eaves provide needed shade from the Yucatan sunlight while welcoming guests to dine in the outdoor loggia.
The interior program has three general areas; the drink bar, the open kitchen-dining room, and the main dining room – which has a small live-fire oven as the backdrop. The separate food and beverage stations support the concept of abundance and choice. Food will be prepared in the open and much of it will be displayed on distinguished wood and stone counters for service.
The materials include a combination of local stone, wood, locally crafted concrete tiles and glass. Large hanging lights, exposed wood beams, and ceiling fans are suspended from the turquoise ceiling; colored to reference the sky and water.
Casa Amate is the properties signature dining destination, a unique restaurant and bar located on a rock outcropping overlooking an inland lagoon. Like all venues, it is reachable by cart but distinctively accessed by foot via a nearby pedestrian bridge. The building is designed as a rural house that may have been created and lived in by an eclectic world traveler with interests in exploration, ecology, astronomy, and artifacts- particularly in Latin America.
As a house, it has domestic rooms that surround a courtyard with a special tree. Each intimate room, converted as it would have been the archeologist’s house has a specific design, each with dining for 16 to 20 people. Near the entry is the “Study”, which incorporates a small bar and will function as a lounge with residential furniture, a map collection, and shelves with artifacts. Beverages are mainly Rum based, but Tequila and Mezcal will be part of the mix.
The next room is the “Library”, which is lined with bookshelves on all walls, plus a large library table that is for groups or for guests to share. At the other end is the “Living Room”, which has a fireplace, shelves for collectables, and large format art with dining at various types of tables and chairs. Lastly is the “Dining Room”, with large sets of doors that connect to the courtyard and overlook the lagoon. This room has more traditional dining furniture and also has art on the walls.
The exterior and some of the interior is made with local stone, combined with stained wood, plaster, tile, and concrete. The colors are more subdued and classic than the vibrant colors of the other restaurants. This will be a precious nighttime destination for dinner and lounging with a sense of history, while remaining contemporary.
Beach Restaurants: Taqueria and Olla Ceviche
There are two restaurant buildings that make up the beach area dining venues at Andaz. Carefully flanking two sides of the pool terrace, each directly faces the sea and are surrounded by sand. This area will be the destination beach club open all day and remaining so into the evening with live entertainment. Similar to local food markets with a variety of places to eat, each restaurant will have different offerings served with their own personality. One will be a taco and beer pavilion with a live-fire grill, while the other will serve ceviche with a focus on tequila. As is typical of the local cuisine, the tacos and ceviche are made fresh to order. Both have similar architecture with a façade that opens to spectacular views and anchored by an open kitchen and drink bar centered under a tall sun-lit coffer. Both buildings have deep overhangs offering shade and easily blur the lines of being indoor or outdoor. The colorful pendant lights, playful stained wood and tiles are vibrant and festive. The marine rope and wood boards affect a coastal feel. The vibe will be modern and chic, while also breezy and authentic, where guests can come and go casually in beachwear.
The Market is the smallest of the destinations and is meant for quick grab-and-go food and beverage purchases, plus various provisional needs. It is strategically located on the path to the inland pool, and nearby the inland all-day restaurant. The open-air breezeway structure recalls a small street-side shop where guests can pass through. The materials simply include local Mayan stone and local walnut wood.