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Acapulco hasn't had the best rap in recent years. Once a haven for the gorgeous and glamorous, the resort's 1950s heyday seemed all but a distant memory. That is until Grupo Habita - the hoteliers behind Distrito Captial and Habita Monterrey - announced, back in 2008, a major overhaul of vintage Acapulco outcrop, the Hotel Boca Chica.
Reopened this month, the residence - now owned by Mexican architect Fernando Romero, a former protégé of Rem Koolhaas - marries the old world charm of the original hotel with a sharpened sense of contemporary style.
Pulled together by a design team headed up by Frida Escobedo and José Rojas, the pale greens and understated shades of the Boca Chica's 30 guestrooms are complemented by a smattering of vintage furnishings, original lattice brick work and terrazzo floors - while each of the hotel's six suites feature outdoor living rooms and private gardens.
With a restaurant headed up by sushi chef Keisuke Harada - of New York's Bond St. - poolside massage cabanas and the deliciously named Coco Wash disco, the Boca Chica marks a return to glittering Acapulco standards.
What's more, Mexican artist Pedro Reyes has designed a one-off installation (of sorts) to be unveiled in line with the opening - a floating island, which will bob buoyantly in the ocean fronting the hotel.
The doughnut-shaped, hollow white structure has been built to mimic mid-ocean rafts, the kind of which were used by pre-sunscreen bathers to catch the rays. Described by Reyes as an 'unknown floating object', the island features an interior pool and a geometric pattern of windows, which dapple the light within.