Casa Amate at Andaz Riveria Maya
- Hyatt Hotels
The Hyatt Andaz Mayakoba is a full-service resort 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 recently completed four dining venues for the resort which are 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.
Casa Amate is a unique restaurant and bar located on a rock outcropping overlooking the 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 modern 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 classic dining 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 on location. This is a precious nighttime destination for dinner and lounging with a sense of history, while remaining contemporary.