We are Jess & Nicolas and before we started this adventure we ran a design studio in British Columbia, Canada. Our expertise was in top-end modern furniture and kitchens and we also worked as consultants in the areas of interior and architectural design. What drove us then still drives us now, the exploration and learning curve of bringing an idea into practical application.
When we came across this empty hotel in early 2015 it captivated our imagination. We fell in love with the blank canvas of this building and its location right by the beach.
It was the proverbial once in a lifetime opportunity so we seized it. This was not planned nor expected. We came to the Yucatán to explore if we would find a small colonial fixer-upper in Mérida we could purchase and work on over time. Instead we totally turned our families life upside down and dove into a journey that would take 3 years to see our vision come to fruition.
From complex legalities between 3 nations to cultural differences, language barriers and a new climate to adjust to, we were in for a ride but we embraced it and rolled with the punches.