How the Baja California Peninsula inspired BAMO’s design for Chileno Bay Resort & Residences

Chileno Bay Resort & Residences by Auberge Resorts opened, with the design helmed by San Francisco-based interior design firm BAMO, which took inspiration from the property’s location. The design team used a palette that complements the natural environment, leveraging the floor-to-ceiling windows and the climate with indoor/outdoor spaces.

The beachfront hotel and residential resort is located within the 1,200–acre Chileno Bay development. It has 60 guestrooms with up to 885 square feet and 32 residential villa suites in two, three, four and six-bedroom layouts.

An architectural identity was established and reinforced throughout the property, providing a break from traditional Mexican architectural and interior expectations. Buildings dot the landscape in symmetrical arrangements, with broad, horizontal wood rooves that are bisected by stonewalls and white plaster exteriors, contrasting with the land and sea. The architecture also maximizes the ocean front views and indoor/outdoor living.


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The villas and guestrooms have an airy feel. At the entry to the units, local art selections sit below deeply colored plaster ceilings. Natural materials were also abundantly used, as well as a color palette of blues and golds. There are also full-height windows for views of the ocean.

Photo credit: Aaron Leitz

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