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Delight your visual senses at Terra Nostra and Ramona

March 4, 2014
Delight your visual senses at Terra Nostra and Ramona

NIZUC Resort & Spa offers it guests the choice of ten restaurants, bars, and lounges; each renowned for their culinary excellence and atmospheric design. Here, we take a look at the design of Terra Nostra and Ramona, in which architect and interior designer Alejandro Escudero has recycled industrial objects and colonial-era decorative arts.

At the far end of the resort, the Mediterranean restaurant Terra Nostra resembles an upscale casual Italian bistro, marked with industrial details. Bulbous porthole mirrors punctuate the walls, while large metallic lamps – repurposed from an old soccer stadium – hang from the ceiling and spotlight the tables below. Escudero complements the traditional black-and-white checkered table clothes with an intricately patterned black-and-white cement tile floor. The tiles, now manufactured in the nearby town of Mérida, are known as Mosaicos de Pasta. Fittingly for Terra Nostra, the style originated in the Mediterranean and was first introduced to Mexico in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries when French and Spanish ships dumped the tiles on Yucatan beaches, having packed them for ballast. Local artisans developed their own tiles based on the designs and they soon became common on the floors of haciendas, colonial mansions, and homes in the historic center of Mérida.

Ramona is NIZUC’s Mexican restaurant led by chef Bladimir Garcia who is committed to creating contemporary interpretations of traditional Mexican dishes. Like Garcia’s cuisine, Ramona’s design and decoration is also a modern twist on Mexico’s heritage. The restaurant occupies a spectacular setting overlooking the beach and is fittingly inspired by ancient Mayan forts established along the coast of the Yucatan peninsula. Monumental limestone walls provide a stronghold to the outside, while wooden shutters open to views of the balcony and lagoon. Escudero has utilized seventeenth-century stone doorframes at the entrance of Ramona, and repurposed railroad tracks to create a distinctive wine cellar that shines bright at one end of the restaurant. A mural replicating an illustrious sixteenth-century fresco from the Convento Augustino in the city of Malinalco adorns an interior wall. The Colonial-era mural portrays a garden paradise growing around the tree of life; it is a vibrant garden filled with lush vegetation and animated wildlife, an appropriate image for NIZUC as it borders a 29-acre nature preserve.

A visit to any and all of NIZUC’s restaurants will not only delight your taste buds. It will also heighten your visual senses as Escudero – through design and decoration – brings cultural history to the cuisine restaurant serves.   

Written by: Rebecca Gross ,Graduate student, MA in the History of Decorative Arts and Design, Following a Six Week Tour Of Latin America