Soleo Marbella Beach Club
This project was carried out for the Fuerte Marbella, a cozy hotel located only a few steps from Marbella's old town. An emblematic fixture of the city, the hotel was celebrating its 60th anniversary, and wanted to take advantage of the fact to update its image, along with the menu of its new restaurant, the Soleo Marbella Beach Club.
The design took inspiration from Marbella in 1957, the year of the hotel's inauguration, when the city was a simple fishing village. José Luque, founder of Fuerte Group Hotels, decided to open the first hotel in the center of Marbella. It is a space inspired by traditional Mediterranean elements, with a sailor vibe drawn from the 1950s.
The idea behind this redesign was to use mirrors throughout the space to reflect the magic of the sea surrounding the diners and allow them to enjoy the landscape from all angles. Meanwhile, tables set with ceramic boards ground the ambience and link to the natural world as do the hexagonal mosaics on the floor. The color palette is filled with reds and browns that evoke twilight in the region, and natural cloths in sailor stripes are an immediate reminder of summer.
The boundaries between interior and exterior space all but disappear due to a design feature built to emulate a ship, which allows diners to enjoy two different atmospheres: a cozier interior area where the attention is on the furnishings make of iroko wood and an exterior area, sheltered by awnings in the shape of sails which, together with the lapping of the waves, gives guests an authentic nautical experience.