CONCEPT: When Kerzner International opened the 600-suite Cove Atlantis on Paradise Island in the Bahamas this spring, the objective was to create an experience for guests that was one step more luxurious than Kerzner’s existing Atlantis property on the island.
This goal permeated every aspect of the interiors that designers Jeffrey Beers, founder/principal, Jeffrey Beers International, and David Rockwell created, starting with the resort’s lobby, restaurants, and other public spaces and extending to the guestrooms and even the bathrooms.
Nowhere is the striking bathroom design more evident than in Beers’ dramatic bathrooms for the public space and Aura Restaurant as well as other designers’ work on the bathrooms in the Azure and Sapphire Suites, which along with the Ocean Suites, comprise the guestroom inventory.
EXECUTION: In each case, the feel and energy of the bathroom design is intended to evoke the resort’s connection to water. “The Cove sits on a peninsula surrounded by lush landscaping, fresh water pools filled with lilies, colorful fish and waterfalls,” said George Markantonis, president/managing director of Kerzner International Bahamas. In an effort to bring the outside in, “every guestroom has unobstructed views of the turquoise waters,” while the bathrooms in the public space and restaurant are meant to evoke this mysterious underwater world.
Beers’ custom-designed colorful graphic ceiling for the public bathroom, for example, dominates the space. Guestroom suites, meanwhile, feature deep soaking tubs, glass-bricked rain showers, granite vanities, and marble floors.
RESULT: Guest response to the overall design has been highly positive. “The bathrooms generally are much more spa-like, which is consistent with the water surroundings and fitting since the resort also features a major full-service Mandara Spa,” said Jeffrey Beers International’s marketing director, Marybeth Raymond. “Guests have really been impressed with the ample use of stone and other natural elements.”