A new hotel will take over the Mediterranean coast in April 2021. Luxury, comfort and serenity are part of Ikos Andalusia, the first all-inclusive luxury complex of the Greek hotel chain Ikos Resorts in Spain. A set of high-end apartments that never ceases to amaze us with its design and sophistication and that aspires to become a benchmark for luxury tourism at an international level.
But where is this great complex located? To be exact, Ikos Andalusia is located on the shores of the Mediterranean , between the towns of Marbella and Estepona (Malaga). A relaxing oasis on the Costa de Sol whose project has been led by the architect and designer Diego Gronda – renowned for developing concepts for St. Regis, Luxury Collection, Nobu Hospitality; Mandarin Oriental or Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, among others, Studio Gronda has made the master plan for the project, as well as its architecture, interior design, landscaping and lighting for the new hotel.
To build this great hotel work, Studio Gronda has fully designed the transformation of seven independent buildings with 411 rooms and suites; a restaurant area that houses six restaurants run by five Michelin-starred chefs and six bars; spaces for leisure and well-being and 4,000 square meters of swimming pools. In other words, a large-scale, powerful, innovative project.
A new exclusive and differentiating resort, integrated into the natural environment of the area through architecture and design that promote serenity and sophistication.
A minimalist architecture, modern in its essence and local in its roots
If Ikos Andalucía stands out for something, it is for creating a unique experience for the visitor. In its facilities we find ample spaces so that the user can enjoy an exceptional beach environment that, in addition, has other additional rooms inside the hotel that complete the life of the coast. It is in the complex itself where we can enjoy different services, gastronomic and sports offers, also through the architecture itself.
Two hundred-year-old olive trees that symbolize the culture of the area welcome guests, located on both sides of the access to the complex. Carefully selected elements and materials. At this point, where the seven buildings of minimalist architecture stand out , sand-colored, modern in its essence and local in its roots. Each building is a tribute to the ancient towers of the wind. An architectural design of Arab origin used in ancient times to reduce the temperature in buildings and that seeks to enhance the Mediterranean Sea, where the complex’s facilities flow.
Ikos Andalusia: art in a Mediterranean environment
The Studio Gronda team has selected all the finishes present in the main building in order to create a quality experience and provide each area with a particular identity. In this way, the transition from the common area to the private areas has also been taken care of in detail.
The stucco walls framed in warm illuminated corridors accompany the guests to the rooms, located in three-story buildings, with a separate hall, sea views and bordered by gardens that bring together plant species typical of southern Spain.
In addition, Ikos Andalusia has multiple outdoor and indoor pools designed for all members of the family, more private areas and an ‘ infinity’ pool . Designed in a waterfall, they guide guests towards the beach.
The complex has spaces designed for the well-being of its guests, including a Gym or a Spa with the renowned Anne Sémonin Paris products. The Spa consists of nine private treatment rooms, in addition to a suite, a large relaxation room inside, and a hamman , a sauna and different types of signature showers, which link to an outdoor walkway with an indoor pool of twenty meters long.
Overlooking the pool, the Italian menu of ‘Fresco’ stands out
One of the restaurants in this large complex is ‘Fresco’, a space overlooking the pool, with an Italian menu and dominated by a large wooden ceiling that juts out into the open-air dining room and decorated with large chandeliers.
At one end of the main hall, a raised platform displays the cuisine prepared at the moment and highlights a wood oven for making pizzas. Art is also present in ‘Fresco’ and is displayed on the tiles that dress the walls.
Anaya cooks Asian cuisine in a quiet and intimate setting
The lower floor houses ‘Anaya’, with Asian cuisine in a quiet and intimate setting. A restaurant with careful decoration and a perfect selection of materials, in whose interior the space offers a semi-private and an outdoor area with tables located around a large blossoming cherry tree that marks the personality of the space.
Two iconic restaurants overlook the beach
‘ Provence ‘, a French bistro and the Greek proposal ‘ Ouzo ‘ share common seating in the outside garden. ‘Provence’ is the most elegant proposal in the complex, with vintage-style mirrors, Thonet chairs and natural wood panels that line its walls.
For its part, ‘Ouzo’ presents a ceiling made up of hundreds of clay vases, recalling the ancient Greek vessels. In addition, it houses a commissioned work of art in the dining room, a hand-painted mural that surrounds its three walls as a reflection of ancient Greek culture.
Ikos Andalusia completes the gastronomic offer with ‘Beach Club’
‘Beach Club’ is an informal and ethnic restaurant overlooking the sports area and the beach , where the different natural textiles that hang from the ceiling with large woven pendant lights stand out. Wood paneling defines your walls and floors.
‘Flavors’: the 1,000-square-meter restaurant with international cuisine
On the first floor of the main building is ‘Flavors’, the 1,000 square meter restaurant serving international cuisine , whose characteristic point is its large glass wine cellar. The decoration of this gastronomic space gives continuity to the wooden lattice -which also provides the possibility of creating different spaces-. At the end of the restaurant, a large kitchen makes it possible to enjoy live gastronomy.
Bedrooms with a Mediterranean, timeless and sober atmosphere
In the bedrooms, STUDIO GRONDA is committed to following the design line, creating a Mediterranean, timeless and sober atmosphere. The access door to the room is made of natural wood, providing warmth and each of the bedrooms houses different pieces of art.
On the sand-colored walls, the wooden latticework stands out again and, for the floor, custom porcelain tiles have been used. Also, the lighting that bathes the entire room provides an atmosphere that encourages relaxation . Regarding the furniture, a sand-colored sofa extends towards the terrace and a large divan dress each of the rooms.
Mediterranean nature surrounds each of the buildings
But if there is one thing that draws attention to this great complex, it is because of its surroundings. The Mediterranean nature surrounds each of the buildings and can be enjoyed from the rooms. Gardens with pines, palm trees, plants and plant references take center stage.
Pools designed for the whole family
Do you sign up for this refreshing bath in one of the multiple outdoor and indoor pools that are part of Ikos Andalusia? The hotel complex has swimming pools designed for all members of the family, more private areas and an ‘ infinity’ pool . Designed in a waterfall, they guide guests towards the beach.