In the article “Cool in the Heat” in July 2014 issue of Condé Nast Traveler, the editors share three of their favorite high-design beach-side hotels – the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii, Fountainebleau in Miami Beach and Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve on the island of Puerto Rico – all of which prove that modernism in the tropics wasn’t just a mid-century fad, but a new architectural style built to last.
Here’s what they had to say…
“At many seaside hotels, the beach, not the resort, is the main attraction. Perhaps that’s as it should be. Nonetheless, the hotel that both complements its beachside setting and holds its own against it remains a rarity. These properties do just that, blending with the superlative stretches of sand and sea they overlook and with their clean, sharp lines and graphic shapes, offer a stark juxtaposition to the color and lushness of their surroundings. They are also monuments to the two decades after World War II, when their three iconic settings – Hawaii, Miami, and Puerto Rico – were redefining what, and where, a vacation could be. To stay in one of them, then is not just to experience a great architectural legacy but to follow in the grand tradition of the modern-day sun seeker, who made the tropical getaway a fact of American life.”
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Big Island, Hawaii
Fontainebleau, Miami Beach, Florida
Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Puerto Rico