Hospitality Design - May 2015 - (Page 169)

perspectives places nicaragua By Ellen Marchman and JoAnn Greco 1 RENEWABLE RESOURCES A new crop of properties embraces community and sustainability In recent years, Nicaragua has quietly beckoned to expats looking to set up shop in Central America. Historical design, unabashed beauty, and opportunity attract creators, dreamers, and makers-dedicated to sustainability efforts, natural building, and community integration- to several coastal locales. Tribal Hotel New York-based Yvan Cussigh (known for Bar d'Or and the rooftop bar at the former 60 Thompson) and his childhood friend Jean-Marc Houmard (owner of Manhattan hotspots such as Bond Street and Indochine) were drawn to Nicaragua because "there was still a sense of discovery," Cussigh says. The duo opened Tribal Hotel-located in a former co-op in the center of Granada, a historically rich town that opens to Lake Nicaragua-having sketched the seven- casita boutique property by hand. The hotel is tucked into a neighborhood where families relax in rocking chairs during the day and where restaurants light up at night. "We intentionally chose a neighborhood off the plaza," Cussigh explains. "You feel like you are coming home instead of returning to a hotel." Tribal has a decidedly urban flair with black and white tiles in the foyer, Turkish kilim rugs, and Tibetan gold singing bowls and artifacts collected during the duo's excursions around the world. A Copacabana-esque pool is a focal point for the outdoor living room that serves as a breakfast nook, reading lounge, and a tranquil space to retire for cocktails. Stylish guestrooms resemble a colonial home with ample attention paid to both the outside living space and the interiors. Local blacksmiths forged metal in a traditional firepit for the iron and rope chairs, while lamps, sconces, and candleholders were hand turned and baked by a potter near natural reserve Laguna de 1. Maderas Village's musicians' lounge has accordion glass doors that bring in the Pacific views. Apoyo. Nicaraguan wood is used throughout, with handmade sliding glass doors bringing in natural light and offering pool views. Buena Vista Surf Club Across the way on Nicaragua's Pacific Coast, Marc Krop and Mariƫlle Mulder built Buena Vista Surf Club, a completely self-supporting eco-lodge on the cliffs of Playa Maderas. The country's infrastructure being fragile at best keeps them continuously reimagining and renovating. The duo spent most of their money finding a water source, and because power is expensive and goes out frequently in Playa Maderas, they take the property off the main power grid and use solar power the majority of the day. Finding a sweet spot between rustic luxury and sustainability, the property has grown to include six freestanding treehouses. A mix of Nicaraguan wood, local palm fawn, and stone make up the breezy cabanas where it is not May 2015 169

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - May 2015

Online TOC
From the Editor
Business Sense State of the Industry
Sustainable Studio El Mangroove
Project Breakdown Tuscany Penthouse
Trends Lighting Design
Trends Serviced Apartments
Places Chengdu
Places Dubai
Places Nicaragua
5 Questions for Ingo Schweder
Profile Connie Kolman
Trends Marsala
Window Coverings
HD Expo Preview
From the Show Director
Places Las Vegas
ICFF Preview
ICFF Studio
Drake Devonshire
Baccarat Hotels & Residences New York
Aman Tokyo
Le Cinq Codet
Q&C Hotel/bar
The Goodland
Hotel SP34
Martha Washington
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge
Urban Cowboy
Vincci Gala
Vino Veritas
The Grey
Stacked at Ozo Chaweng Samui
Bottega Americano
Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co.
Parq Restaurant & Nightclub
Ad Index
Back Space

Hospitality Design - May 2015