Art and travel naturally go hand in hand…
The sense of curiosity, appreciation for culture and an eye for beauty apply to both art and travel. This is something Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort understands deeply.
Located in Los Cabos, the dreamy southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, the Ty Warner-owned art hotel, Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort is a masterpiece of design, perfectly capturing that sense of Mayan mystery and colourful culture that makes the country so vibrant. It also features a number of artworks created by local artists, to help guests really feel a sense of place during their stay.
Interview with Frederic Vidal – An Art Hotel Master
With its name meaning ‘windows of paradise’, this resort truly is an aesthetic stunner. We spoke to General Manager, Frederic Vidal, to learn more about art at Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort.
Why do you think art has such an important place in your hotel?
At Las Ventanas al Paraiso, we strive to immerse our guests in the rich traditions and heritage of México, and art is a wonderful way to do that. We’ve filled our resort with the beautiful colours and textures of artworks by local Mexican artisans, which creates a unique and vibrant ambiance that celebrates the different states of the country and allows our guests to interact with the culture in a meaningful way.
How did you curate the works featured in the resort?
Most recently, when designing and decorating the Signature Villas, the Ty Warner Mansion and the new Residences at Las Ventanas, I travelled to many different regions in Mexico – from Oaxaca to Chiapas to Guanajuato – to individually source artworks directly from the artists, which creates a one-of-a-kind experience for guests staying in our newest and most luxurious accommodation.
“Art has the power to open our eyes, minds and hearts to new experiences and fill us with a sense of wonder.”
What range of artworks is featured in the resort?
We have many original paintings by masters such as Rodrigo Pimental, who painted the beautiful, multi-coloured piece in the reception area, and Barbara Weldon, whose custom-framed oil paintings are showcased in every suite.
Fernando Andriacci’s work includes pottery and large murals, and they are featured in the lobby and the hallways. We also have another beautiful mural by Hampton Hall hanging in the resort’s restaurant area.
Our Signature Villas also feature local artists, such as ceramic vases made by a family-run business in Dolores Hidalgo and ceramic pottery by Gorky Gonzalez, who hails from the state of Guanajuato.
The Ty Warner Mansion houses a variety of art pieces as well. In the main living room, there is a beautiful dragon sculpture carved and painted by son-and-mother team, Claudio Ojeda Morales and Teresa Gonzales Marin. Claudio Ojeda Morales also created a number of catrina, or Mexican skull, sculptures that are displayed in different rooms throughout the mansion.
In what ways does the art across the property give guests a sense of place?
The way art is seamlessly integrated into our guests’ experience is incredibly unique. Not only does our resort act as a gallery for works by local artists, but we have also conceived of once-in-a-lifetime ways for guests to be involved in the creation of traditional Mexican art forms. For example, we offer guests the opportunity to work with a trained local artisan to create their own hand-woven, embroidered Tenango linen, completely customising the colour and pattern for their Mexican keepsake. We also offer guests the opportunity to learn Huichol beadwork from a visiting artisan.
Why do you think it is important to showcase the handiwork of local artisans?
The ‘Sense of Place’ experience at Las Ventanas al Paraiso exposes our guests to the romance and beauty of the Baja region, while also sparking their curiosity and sense of exploration. Our guests are fascinated by the spectacular, one-of-a-kind, works of art that we’ve sourced for our resort, and they appreciate learning about the artists behind the pieces and want to engage with them. We are in awe of the talent of these local artists, and we are committed to supporting them in this very important way.
“Showcasing the handiwork of local artisans is an important way to expose them to a larger audience and give them the visibility they so deserve.”
Do you think art plays a part in inspiring us to travel?
Throughout history, art has played a key role in telling stories, expressing emotions and relaying what values are most important to its people. I’ve found it to be fascinating and incredibly eye-opening to visit a new destination and learn about the art forms created by that particular culture. Because art has the power to open our eyes, minds and hearts to new experiences and fill us with a sense of wonder, I think that art is integrally connected to travel and a major motivator behind our journeys.
Do you have a favourite piece in the resort’s collection?
My favourite artwork in the resort is not something people typically consider art. We have four beautiful, handmade, blow glass chandeliers, created by Ernesto Cruz, an artist in Tlaquepaque Guadalajara. The chandeliers are absolutely divine and they look like a fountain of colours hanging from the palapas. These chandeliers are just another example of how local craftsmanship is so seamlessly integrated into our resort, yet has such a huge impact on the guests’ experience here.
I absolutely love the bronze mermaid, which is beautifully sculpted by Deloss McGraw. There is a Spanish poem about paradise on the mermaid, which is a thoughtful touch that so perfectly welcomes guests to our ‘Windows to Paradise’.
“I worked closely with Ty Warner to choose art pieces that celebrate the beauty and diversity of Mexican art.”
Las Ventanas A Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort is a beautifully designed resort. Would you say crafting a guest experience to perfection is a work of art in itself?
Absolutely. For 20 years, we’ve strived to offer our guests an unmatched experience and prided ourselves in our stunning accommodation, luxurious amenities and impeccable attention-to-detail. Just as an artist puts a great deal of hard work, ingenuity, and love into his/her art, we are extremely dedicated in making sure each and every guest has a memorable stay from start to finish. The care and devotion from our entire staff is nothing short of a work of art.
If art inspires you to travel, see our coverage of the ARK Sculpture Exhibition.
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