AECOM completed the landscape architecture of the Park Hyatt Mallorca, a new luxury resort set within the Cap Vermell Estate. It is the first Park Hyatt Resort in Europe and the first Hyatt Hotel in Mallorca, providing 142 guestrooms and 16 suites. Recreational facilities will include swimming pools, a fitness center and a spa.
The landscape architecture of the five-hectare resort reflects the style of traditional Mallorcan hillside villages and farmhouses. The design draws inspiration from the native landscape to blend the site with the surrounding mountainous region on the northeast coast of the island. In addition to landscape architecture, AECOM collaborated on the delivery of the masterplan for the Park Hyatt Mallorca, and provided economic and cost consultancy.
The architecture was done by DSA Architects International. AECOM’s approach was to marry the built environment with the natural flora and vegetation of the island. An important aspect of the landscape design was to merge the boundaries between interior and exterior spaces. AECOM worked with the architects to position the buildings, creating spaces to showcase planting and public spaces. There is also a central water feature in the piazza between the reception, bakery and tapas bar.
The steep topography of the site was retained, with the hotel buildings positioned across three main terraces. Terracing was a strong design direction from the early stages of the project and additional smaller terraces typical of traditional Mallorcan hilltop settlements are scattered across the development. A key feature of the hotel’s landscape architecture is a stream that runs through the site, following the route that a river would follow. In the central piazza at the heart of the development is a clock tower visible throughout the site.
Natural plants including native pines, Holm oaks and vertical Cypress trees were introduced across the site to blend the development with its surrounding scenery.
The planting design is more ornamental, reflecting the region’s agricultural past. Clusters of buildings will house hotel guests, and each cluster has one of Mallorca’s fruit-bearing trees, including lemon, fig, almond and olive trees. The landscape design replicates the island’s traditional village hillside farms, where buildings are typically surrounded by orchards.
Locally sourced Spanish stone was used to create low drystone walls reminiscent of “tanques”, the traditional agricultural terracing found in the region.
Additional landscape features include a sunken olive grove and a central 300-year-old olive tree located outside the reception building. The main pool cascades down the slope, while the pool bar is tucked between the pools and next to a waterfall bridge. The spa has a vista over the hotel and of the surrounding mountains and the ocean.