Luxury on the Dunes

Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, is a modern articulation of Mexico’s cultural and artisan traditions.


In Mexico, artisan traditions like weaving, wood carving, and metalworking are so integrated with the culture that they inform every aspect of life. For travelers to the Central American country, these traditional forms and objects grant a sense of place, a vital part of the travel experience.

Zadún, the latest resort in the Ritz-Carlton Reserve portfolio of properties, was conceived on this principle. Perched along the San José del Cabo coast with long views of the Sea of Cortez, the resort celebrates both the cool beauty of the sea and the arid landscapes of the region. Mexico City–based Abax Arquitectos designed the property as a series of buildings that blend into the environment, each oriented toward an unobstructed view.

The work of Mexican artists played a paramount role in the design. A monumental corten steel sculpture by Arturo Berned takes center stage in the arrival pavilion, while a cage-like, lattice “skin,” also of corten steel, wraps Candil, the resort’s agave bar. On the guest room terraces, a sculptural art piece by Monica Bizzarri and Raquel Charabatti lights up in the evenings, its aesthetic changing according to the time of day. 

Conceived by UribeKrayer, the guest rooms make use of indigenous materials like wood and stone, and showcase the work of Mexican handcrafters. Weavers in Oaxaca, for example, designed and produced handwoven textiles for the pillows. Each room also features a framed ethnographic textile as its focal point. The design is a carefully curated amalgam of modernity and tradition that is faithful to its context, respectful of the land, and authentically luxurious. 

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Text by Daphne Nikolopoulos

Photography Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton

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