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Project Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

In the Details
History and location inspire D'Aquino
Monaco's Ritz-Carlton redesign
By Kathleen Kervin

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Photography by Don Riddle

hen New York-based D'Aquino Monaco was tasked with
revamping the guestrooms and suites at the Ritz-Carlton
Grand Cayman, designers looked no further than the
property's setting and past. "We were referencing the
Caribbean in a strong way-representing the natural environment
and also drawing on British colonial history," explains designer
Carl D'Aquino, while also providing a more contemporary concept
to appeal to a younger generation of travelers.
To do that, the team brought in an attitude of handiwork that
starts with the beds. In king rooms, for instance, carved twoposter headboards are stained in a deep mahogany fi nish, a strong
reference to British colonial four-poster beds. Behind, a fullwidth screen of cerused oak upholstered in a shimmering fabric
is embroidered with a large, modern interpretation of the island's
caperberry flower. In queen rooms, the bed-backing screens

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feature a cast-plaster seashell motif. The rooms' green curtains
also showcase embroidery that recalls the island's silver thatched
palm leaves. "Not only does it have the imagery of the tropics in
the vegetation but also it is this reference to hand craft that is
appropriate for the area," says partner architect Francine Monaco.
Guestrooms feature a cool pearlized color palette of silver,
gray, and blue hues that complement the creamy pattern in the
carpet and the customized, neutral colored furniture collection.
"You want to treat the room almost as an apartment, where there's
a dining and sitting area," D'Aquino explains. "There's a chaise
or a very gracious club chair in every room." To maintain a sense
of serenity, televisions in the rooms are hidden behind patterned
sliding screens. "We really wanted to create a sense of place
and welcoming in the room that wasn't cluttered by the typical
accouterment of a hotel room," Monaco says.


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Project: Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman
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