*브라질, 케노아 비치 리조트 스파 [ Osvaldo Tenorio ] Kenoa Beach Resort and Spa in Brazil

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브라질 북동부 해안, 알라 고아스 지방에는 사람들의 손떼가 덜 묻은 하얀 모래사장을 갖고 있는
해변가가 있습니다. 그곳에 자리 잡은 케노아 바라 리조트는 수려한 자연경관을 최대한 활용한
럭셔리 리조트와 스파로 세계 여러 사람들에게 사랑 받고 있습니다.
케노아 리조트가 추구하는 럭셔리는 인공적인 공간을 마감하는 재료의 금액이 아니라
값어치로 셀수 없는 자연을 최대한 활용하여 이곳을 찾는 투숙객들에게 선사하고 있습니다.
지역적 재료의 선택과 코디네이션은 외부 자연환경을 내부로 유입시키는 중요한
역활을 하고 있습니다. 내부 공간에 아무렇게 놓여 있는 듯한 거친 나무와 돌마저도 디자이너의
섬세한 의도된 자연적 배치가 아닐까요?
저는 그렇게 생각합니다. 럭셔리가 가지고 있는 고급스러움이란 오래되어 좋은 것에서 시작하는
클래식과 같은 의미가 아닐까 생각합니다. 그렇습니다. 오래되어서 좋은 자연은 인간이 맛 볼수 있는
가장 럭셔리한 공간이 아닐까 하는 생각이지요.
오래된 처마선 끝자락에 위치한 풍경사이로 흘러가는 구름이 내는 소리는
오래된 툇마루에서 나는 나무 뒤틀림과 같이
오래되어서 좋은 공간과 같지 않을까요?

황금빛 모래사장과 코코넛 향기와 오래된 나무 향기와 어울리는 공간은
그 자체가 럭셔리이며 우리에게 둘도 없는 안식처 일 것 입니다.
아마도 그것을 잘 알고 있는 건축가의 최소한의 인공적인 디자인이
이와 같은 아름다운 리조트를 만들어 낸 것 같습니다.
유난히 오늘 오후의 햇살이 그립습니다.


reviewed by SJ

Here at Yatzer, we have the privilege of sharing many luxury resorts from all over the world with our readers. Marvels of architecture and design, sprawling landscapes, breathtaking restorations and innovations alike, our discerning eye never tires of the many different ways that beauty can take shape and design can be brought to life.  While it is a general rule that we take what we choose to feature on our pages very seriously, every so often, we come across a property that stops one of us in our tracks. A game changer.  Kenoa Beach Spa & Resort, member of Design Hotels™,  is one of these occurrences. Of course a beach setting is always a sure thing for yours truly, but in my experience the most talented designers find a way to tell their story by using what the earth has given them to work with in a brilliant way. Most of the time, this means editing themselves – as ''under'' designing a space takes so much more expertise than adding things in.


Nestled into an untouched corner of the world on Brazil’s northeastern coast, 30 km south of Maceió, the capital of the state of Alagoas, Kenoa is a Brazilian bathing beauty on the fine white sands of the Barra de São Miguel beach.  Founder Pedro Marques dreamed up the possibility of this luxurious retreat located just on the edge of an environmental sanctuary and architect Osvaldo Tenorio is the man responsible for making it happen through his design. Inspired by nature’s “primitive forms and calming essences”, Tenorio joined team Kenoa in their effort to create a place that simultaneously showcased and respected its surroundings. ''The project comes with its own genetic code, translated through various references, colors, textures, and aromas that promote the relationship between nature, man and the desire for simplicity, privacy, luxury, and comfort''.

The words ''exclusive'' and ''luxury'' are thrown around with such ease these days that true exclusivity and true luxury are sadly lumped in with the watered-down versions that have come to pass as acceptable experiences in society today -- the versions that almost anyone can have access to. At the Kenoa Resort, there aren’t hundreds of rooms boasting ocean views, or a celebrity chef at the hotel restaurant.  Not just anyone can have access to Kenoa.  Instead, Kenoa Beach Spa & Resort ''delivers a world-class hideaway experience that only the fortunate few can enjoy, and that Brazil is proud to present.'' The minds behind Kenoa knew that the key to true exclusivity is its location in the world; tucked away on a pristine beach alongside intoxicating coloured waters. The Kenoa Resorts’ luxury is found in its privacy; ''…a place where luxury is defined by its earth-given beauty.''


As an extension of this idea and their untouched surroundings, it was only natural for the Kenoa team to create the 23 villas and suites with a mindful, eco-friendly philosophy. Locally grown foods served at the restaurant, furniture created out of tree trunks of reclaimed wood and energy efficient LED lighting are only a few mentions of the many efforts that the Kenoa takes to live in harmony with its environment. They have a knack for sustainable living, describing the resort as a “first wave eco-chic design resort”.

Blonde driftwood and exposed sand colored brick is a common denominator throughout the property, connecting it to all the natural materials. Neutral base colors extend the spa vibe into each of the 11 suites and 12 villas. Such a color palette allows the bountiful sunlight to illuminate each and every single room and hallway. Luxury rears its head in the private pools or the delicious views of the ocean and the lush greens of the surrounding sanctuary. Gazing out from the floor to ceiling glass windows, it seems like nature handcrafted this view personally for the guest. The rooms themselves are warm and cozy courtesy of tactile furniture, textured fabrics, fur throw rugs and leather ottomans. Indigenous art allows you to feel far away from home yet connected to the human condition. The bathrooms are a favorite; the stand-alone tub may as well be heaven on earth. The open air shower and stand alone stone sinks offer a perfect amount of sensuality. A spa, restaurant, wine bar and lounge solidify Kenoa’s status as a luxury resort. There is something to treat every part of your body.



The Kenoa Beach Spa & Resort has ''it''… that natural edge. It is an example of pure beauty that has been showcased properly and given great reverence by the architect Osvaldo Tenorio. He knew when to design and when to just leave it be. The materials are perfection and the layout, poetic. It is real life and raw feeling. The design and aesthetic come together to evoke emotions that cannot be put into words, only images come to mind; Kenoa is a fresh-faced beauty with no makeup, tangled beach hair curly with salt from the ocean, bare feet sinking in warm sand. It is soft white linen that blows in the evening sea breeze against freshly tanned bare skin. It’s the scent of lime and sugar, the sound of ice against a martini shaker, coconut oil and orange afternoon sun.

...Framed ''by the golden sands and turquoise blue beaches, the careful design can be appreciated in its small details, created to make being in this location a unique experience.'' The Kenoa Beach Spa & Resort has just raised the bar.




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