The collaboration between Kerzner International, whose portfolio of luxurious destination resort brands consists of One & Only, Atlantis and Mazagan, and the Buddha Bar Beach brand, which now has venues at Abu Dhabi, Baku, Mykonos and Santorini, recently bore new fruit with the opening of a new venue at the Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort in Morocco.
The new venue, which is located on the beach with a breath-taking view of the Atlantic Ocean, features a blend of gastronomy, hospitality, wellness, and mixology, with music in Buddha Bar’s signature style livening up afternoons and evenings.
Sedley Place was briefed to work with the Kerzner and Buddha Bar teams to develop a distinctive guest experience, based on transforming a small beach terrace to create a new, enhanced outdoor experience. The new space, planned by Sedley Place, now consists of a relaxing lounge area with a robata grill and a sophisticated dining section with sushi bar, the two joined together by a new, large deck. The deck features loungers and cabanas, an outdoor bar and a DJ booth, while the restaurant includes spectacular sunset views on the menu.
As part of the space planning exercise Sedley Place also designed a second development phase, which will consist of four big cabanas with their own private terraces, and these will join the four-person cabanas constructed as part of Phase One.
In addition to the space planning, Sedley Place was responsible for the overall design concept which took its cue from the Buddha Bar Beach brand aesthetic. It employs a palette of natural materials deployed throughout the detailed design and the FF&E, and Sedley Place supported the local team during the build programme to ensure the design was skilfully executed.
The project was notable for three reasons. First, the design works with the topography of the beach, the multi-level decking cascading down the sand dunes onto the beach in a sympathetic manner.
Secondly, considerable time has been spent on developing a lighting scheme that would contribute to and enhance the venue’s overall vibe. In the words of Maciej Szczotka, Associate Interior Designer on the project, “Our lighting proposal has been specially tailored to this unique project. It allows the Buddha Bar team to use the outdoor space during different times of the day or night and to create an exclusive ambience for each.”
Thirdly, the design recognises the impact of the setting by providing stepped, cushioned areas for sunset watching.
The new venue opened recently and is already proving a great success with residents and tourists. “The design creates a vibe and an atmosphere on the beach that bridges the gap between the indoor and outdoor. It truly extends the offering at Mazagan, broadening the market appeal, whilst respecting and celebrating the location”, Mick Nash, Sedley Place’s Managing Director.
To find out more watch our video on the project here.