If Havana and the Bahamas "had a baby" and decided to open a hotel in the Arizona desert, what would it look like? Meet The Scott Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, defined by beachy-chic interiors awash in neutrals and natural materials (cue seagrass) combined with antique-like fixtures crafted from gold and brass, plus a smattering of Mission-style craftsman furniture.
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Concept and design firm AvroKO's inspiration for the hotel's public spaces combines four influences, explains Emily Dille, the resort's director of marketing communications. There's: "The colors and comforts of 1930s Havana, the elegant geometry of the Bauhaus, Mission Revival architecture, and the airy, minimalist beauty of the Arizona desert." It's a departure from the aesthetics you normally see in the region (heavy on southwest style), with a resort-y eclecticism reflected throughout the property and its 204 rooms. What we love most is how surprisingly accessible the design is, with furniture and accessories from Anthropologie, West Elm, Crate and Barrel, Schoolhouse Electric (light fixtures), and Serena and Lily. More personal touches were sourced from Etsy or custom created by AvroKO.
"A blend of brass details, rattan and caning, hand-painted portraiture, painted murals on canvas, lush flora, and more were used to get the authentic Havana vibe while simultaneously elevating the space to a world traveler's lounge," Dille says.
"While most of the building's structure was left intact, the rooms and restaurant were completely transformed," Dille says. Cane accents and narrow slats on the headboard are signs of quality craftsmanship, yet there's still a high-low mix thanks to an IKEA pendant.
Potted succulents, gold-finish fixtures (right on down to the towel bar) and natural materials (such as the seagrass basket beneath the marble vanity) are key elements in pulling together The Scott's design, even in the bath.
The Canal Club
Seamlessly blending the interiors with the outdoors, greenery drapes over sectional backs and a tree thrives in the middle of The Canal Club, the resort's restaurant and bar. It was completely gutted and redesigned to fold in spacious lounge areas adjacent to the bar, with couches, oversize chairs, and cafe tables.
Mint green-and-white striped chair cushions and hanging macrame plant holders create some vintage glamour by the pool.