Azulera Resort

Brasilito Bay, Costa Rica

An eco-sensitive resort that embraces the natural environment

Brasilito Bay, Costa Rica

Completion Date

1.1 million SF

Project Type
Concept Design

Professional Credits
Associate Architect: Zurcher Arquitectos

Planning for environmental responsibility and enjoyment

All of our hospitality designs consider what makes each place unique. On the rugged northwest coast of Costa Rica overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the experience of the tropical rainforest is unparalleled.  We focused our master plan on preserving the forest, managing water and hardly disturbing the land, allowing nature to remain the center of enjoyment.

Character in context

We emphasized the importance of the landscape by the natural character of the architecture, low in scale, built of local natural materials and surrounded by vegetation. The climate also allowed us literally to open up the interiors to the outdoors. The wine bar is an open air pavilion and the guestrooms enjoy expansive private decks and pools.  

Master planning for variety

The varied terrain, irregular property, and leisure market led us to create several zones that can be developed over time. On the denser southwestern site, three landscaped axes organize views toward the ocean: two for hotel guestrooms and one for branded hotel condominiums. The northwestern part of the site groups villas and low-rise apartment buildings around a Greg Norman golf course.  


Robert Blaser, AIA

Principal, Design Practice Leader
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