South of Cancun, the Fairmont Mayakoba creates a nature-inspired hub for a bunch of neighbouring resorts

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Fairmont’s Maykana Seaside Membership on Mexico’s Riviera Maya used pure parts and Mayan design to encourage its panorama of swimming pools, eating places and cabanas.BRAD TORCHIA/Handout

Though Mayakoba is just 10 kilometres from Playa Del Carmen, the gated group feels a world away from the Mexican celebration vacation spot. Mayakoba’s guests choose the secluded luxurious of its 4 resorts and personal residences, which is anchored by the Fairmont Mayakoba.

Surrounded by nearly 600 acres of pristine lagoons, jungles and seashores, Mayakoba, which interprets to “village of water,” has at all times put nature first. However even travellers trying to reconnect with one another and the panorama crave slightly social interplay on their getaway, so the property has simply undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation culminating within the unveiling of the Maykana Seaside Membership.

Overlooking the Caribbean, the membership is a brief trolley or bike experience from the lodge. As the primary of the resorts to broaden its seaside facilities, Fairmont’s Maykana has additionally change into a vacation spot for company staying on the neighbouring Bayan Tree Mayakoba, Rosewood Mayakoba and Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, who all convene on the artfully designed house.

“The idea for the seashore membership was impressed by the Mayan pyramids,” says Luis Yunta, director and architect at Room 1804, which led this redevelopment. “The design incorporates a equally terraced strategy, with a number of staggered platforms that begin within the sand on the seashore main as much as the roof, culminating in a singular water characteristic.”

Fairmont’s Maykana Seaside Membership, CieloBRAD TORCHIA/Handout

Mixing conventional parts and artisan craftsmanship, Maykana was constructed out of supplies mirrored in nature and utilizing Mayan stones, shapes and hues impressed by the crystal-clear turquoise water, tender sand and swaying palms. “Connection to nature was paramount for this redesign – with the ability to part the house into terraces that every provided their very own expertise made this doable,” Yunta says. “Guaranteeing that every house related on to the seashore – whether or not poolside, at a hearth pit, in an intimate cabana, or underneath a palapa – forges this inimitable reference to nature.”

Throughout the membership, there are 5 eating places named after pure parts. Select between eating from the all-day menu within the open air at Brisas, sitting instantly on the sand to get pleasure from a menu cooked on the wooden fireplace grill at Fuego or making a reservation for dinner on the Greek-inspired Gaia Seafood Restaurant. In case you are eating poolside or in one of many cabanas, company can order from Aqua’s expansive menu of Latin-influenced cocktails and dishes. “A private favorite is Cielo, the place earth and air meet the ocean,” says Yunta, who describes it as the proper spot to catch a golden sundown.

“The redesigned house affords a totally transformative expertise to all travellers, permitting company to get pleasure from a drink or a meal however nonetheless really feel like they’re a part of a cohesive property,” Yunta says. Again on the Fairmont, the revamp additionally enhanced rooms and communal areas together with the Willow Stream Spa, whereas reimaging eating places together with La Laguna and Tauro. For the final word seaside escape, request a seashore entrance casita room with direct seashore entry by way of a non-public stairway that leads right down to the sand. There are additionally guesthouses set inside lush mangrove timber overlooking the canals that snake via the property. – CALEIGH ALLEYNE

Rooms from $475/evening. For extra data, go to


In southeastern Ontario, the Black Bear Ridge golf course affords good-looking areas for group escapes

Black Bear Ridge can set up personal yoga lessons, in-house cocktail mixing tutorials and hikes via a whole bunch of acres of wooded trailsHandout

Discovering a getaway spot that matches a considerably sized group may be difficult. Reserving one that gives ample lodging whereas prioritizing boutique hotel-level design is close to unimaginable. However at Black Bear Ridge, a championship golf course and burgeoning resort group north of Belleville, Ont., prolonged households, wedding ceremony events and company retreaters can all relaxation stylishly in short-term luxurious leases that every match as much as 40 company.

“Whereas our core buyer base is the golf group, we’re beginning to entice teams from throughout the province who’re drawn to our premium, large-group lodging and proximity to Prince Edward County,” says president and managing associate Alex Sharpe. These properties – known as Wallace and Carter – had been designed by Carlo Colacci, whose signature mixture of daring color and classic curiosities helped outline Toronto’s Drake Resort and all of its offshoots. Within the Carter home, Colacci’s scheme consists of partitions hung with work by rising artists, playful lighting, groupings of retro furnishings and bedrooms outfitted with bunk-style beds.

For company who don’t golf, Black Bear Ridge can set up personal yoga lessons, in-house cocktail mixing tutorials and hikes via a whole bunch of acres of wooded trails that reach to the Moira River. For people who do, there are 27 holes plus a golf academy and driving vary. For everybody in between, this season will see the debut of a nine-hole “bocce golf” course that marries mini putt and garden bowling.

Additionally debuting for 2023 is the Jones Home, which Sharpe calls Black Bear Ridge’s model of a luxurious lodge suite. It can sleep as much as 4 in a extra intimate house outfitted with Candice Kaye Design wallpaper. In the long run, the property will broaden to incorporate facilities for tennis and swimming in addition to Black Bear Ridge Village, a campus of properties, a brand new membership home and spa. – ANDREW SARDONE

Full home leases from $399/evening. For extra data, go to


Claudia Gutierrez’s textile items weave artistic storytelling into lodge areas

Gutierrez additionally takes personal commissions and sells her works at exhibitions and on-lineHandout

This shall be huge 12 months for Ottawa-based multidisciplinary artist Claudia Gutierrez. Because the recipient of the SAW Prize for New Works in 2020, the Juror’s Selection Award at DesignTO in 2021, and an award from the Ontario Craft Council in 2022, her sensuous textile work has garnered consideration from trade insiders. Now, she’s poised to impress a wider viewers via work for Toronto’s Gladstone Home lodge and the AC Resort by Marriott in downtown Los Angeles.

By means of artist residencies in Canada and Mexico, Gutierrez has honed her inherently supple follow, which sees lengths of wool (all of which she purchases from an Oaxaca-based artisan-focused non-profit, the Cosa Buena Basis), cotton and linen embroidered into items that manifest distinctive narratives. “My father is from Acapulco,” she says. “He at all times advised me in case you’re going to review something creative, you need to go to Oaxaca; it’s the epicentre of tradition.” Her signature use of knots additional punctuates these storylines, creating a component of sculptural corporeality.

Highlighting that she’s drawn to the dichotomies of artistic output – female and masculine statements; the hypocrisy in what’s deemed craft versus artwork – Gutierrez can be taken with the facility of embroidery to convey worth by way of discernable passages of time. “If you see every sew, you are feeling the time it took,” she says, including that her subsequent sequence will embrace documenting her approach as a sort of efficiency artwork.

Along with her public house initiatives, Gutierrez additionally takes personal commissions and sells her works at exhibitions and on-line. She typically finds “patrons placing my items of their bedrooms – I’m at all times seeing them in intimate areas.” – ODESSA PALOMA PARKER

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Korea’s Sulwhasoo distills one in all its bestselling merchandise in a sculptural vessel

Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum Restricted Version, $144 at Nordstrom ( and Sephora (

Taking aesthetic inspiration from the porcelain, or baekja, of the Joseon Dynasty is a intelligent transfer for Korean skincare firm Sulwhasoo. For the limited-edition launch of its First Care Activating Serum, the bestselling product is housed in a vessel that borrows from the quiet fantastic thing about a standard moon jar. As an alternative of the serum’s signature amber cap and daring black textual content, this alabaster model turns the skincare product into an artwork object. “The flowing curves and borderless design signify the great thing about magnificence and ease of Korean aesthetics,” Judy So, the model’s assistant advertising and marketing supervisor in Canada, says, including that the baekja impressed bottle “transcends the boundaries of language and house.”

Based in 1966, Sulwhasoo is predicated on rules of a holistic magnificence that lives in concord and stability. Knowledgeable by Korean natural drugs, founder Suh Sung-Whan developed a line of skincare merchandise that tapped into the facility of ginseng. The herbaceous strategy took off and, in 2004, the primary Sulwhasoo boutique opened its doorways in Hong Kong. Six years later, Sulwhasoo crossed the Pacific, making its North American debut at Bergdorf Goodman in New York. It helped to usher within the present obsession with Ok Magnificence, a skincare strategy that’s broadly outlined by its a number of steps and layering of light-weight merchandise together with serums and essences.

Sulwhasoo’s First Activating Care Serum is utilized post-cleanse to brighten pores and skin whereas serving to it to raised soak up the merchandise that comply with. “You’ll be able to really feel the normal aesthetics and deep magnificence within the mild contact transmitted to your fingertips,” So says. – CAITLIN AGNEW


With its first Canadian location, %Arabica brings Kyoto espresso tradition to Toronto

Whereas the beans %Arabica brews are from varied factors around the globe together with Colombia, Ethiopia and Indonesia, the main target is on espresso beans grown in Hawaii, the place Shoji owns a espresso farm.Handout

Regardless of it being a quiet midweek afternoon in early January, there’s a 20-minute lineup to get into %Arabica, a brand new café at Toronto’s Yorkdale Procuring Centre. Clearly phrase has gotten out concerning the Japanese import, which opened the doorways of its first Canadian location in December.

The Kyoto-based model, which has 140 areas around the globe, is rising rapidly. Two extra Canadian shops are within the works: Union Station in Toronto, opening in April, and Whistler, B.C., opening this summer time. Founder Kenneth Shoji spent the primary weeks of 2023 in Egypt scouting for extra new outposts. The model’s modern, minimalist design ethos means every of those areas is superbly photogenic. Due to an nearly unique use of white partitions and furnishings and a glass storefront, Yorkdale’s concession seems to be like a espresso laboratory. Different areas have trademark design touches nodding to the native aesthetic. A café in New York’s Nolita neighbourhood options uncovered brick partitions, whereas a just lately opened spot in Marrakech consists of zellige and bejmat tiles made in Morocco.

Whereas the beans %Arabica brews are from varied factors around the globe together with Colombia, Ethiopia and Indonesia, the main target is on espresso beans grown in Hawaii, the place Shoji owns a espresso farm. The menu is purposefully concise, consisting of solely eight coffee-based choices – from espresso to darkish latte – and three non-coffee drinks together with matcha latte, chocolate and a lemonade made utilizing a recipe from Kyoto. The purpose, as is the case with many Japanese connoisseur specialties, is mastery. All beans are roasted in home at every café, and a custom-made Slayer espresso machine offers baristas better management throughout the brewing course of. – MARYAM SIDDIQI

For extra data, go to arabicacanada.espresso.


Bangladeshi know-how and Canadian type come collectively in upstart label Ahiri

Bangladeshi know-how and Canadian type come collectively in upstart label Ahiri.Handout

“We’re all about pushing the envelope,” says Michael Jafine, the top designer of Canadian trend startup Ahiri. “And giving [our customer] one thing that helps them develop right into a trend fanatic.” Ahiri goes about this mission with staple items which can be each directional in type and accessible in worth. Scrolling via the model’s digital store, you’ll discover easy crew neck T-shirts, bias-cut maxi skirts and op artwork print knit attire, all for lower than $300 a pop.

Ahiri was co-founded by Ahnaf Ali and Sheetu Latif in 2021 as a regionally designed, extra sustainable various to quick trend manufacturers reminiscent of Zara and Shein. With Jafine on the helm, its first assortment for fall 2022 was what he calls a “broad stroke” strategy. “From gentle to wild, we have now to consider who our buyer is, and construct one thing with our scalability,” says Jafine, who studied at Parsons College of Design and is a former apprentice of the Row and Proenza Schouler.

Its development is feasible partly as a result of Ahiri’s items are made in factories owned by Ali and Latif’s third associate, a Bangladesh producer specializing in moral garment manufacturing. The services are LEED gold licensed, making certain decrease carbon emissions and environmental high quality. Its ladies staff are supported via on-site childcare, free sanitary merchandise and authorized support. “We’ve been in a position to push the narrative on what it means to be manufacturing in Bangladesh,” Jafine says.

Now in its sophomore season, Ahiri is nudging its buyer’s sense of sartorial journey additional with an explosion of retro styled pink items that oscillate between hard-edged and Barbie impressed. Jafine describes it as Valley of the Dolls meets Y2K. – RANDI BERGMAN

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Model Advisor travelled to Mayakoba as a visitor of Fairmont, and to Corbyville, Ont., as a visitor of Black Bear Ridge . The businesses didn’t assessment or approve this text previous to publication.