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Mr. Quintana

David Quintana

VP Strategy & Development, Grupo Xcaret

David Quintana is an award-winning architect and the Vice President of Strategy and Development for Grupo Xcaret, the leader in sustainable and socially responsible tourism in the Mexican Caribbean.

Mr. Quintana's unique vision and diverse experience led him to incorporate innovative and sustainable concepts when designing Hotel Xcaret, an eco-conscious resort that highlights the very best of Mexico while redefining the traditional all-inclusive concept. Passionate about finding ways to exhibit Mexico's unique culture and nature, Quintana continuously seeks innovative ways to bring the region's distinctive offerings to life in a way that has never been seen or done before.

Mr. Quintana's father, Miguel Quintana Pali, a renowned architect and President and CEO of Grupo Xcaret, inspired him to purse his current career path. The father/son duo has worked together on multiple projects in the past, such as developing Xenses, a half-day recreational park that awakens visitors' senses and challenges their perceptions through sensorial journeys in water, air and land.

Mr. Quintana's goal during the construction of Hotel Xcaret Mexico was to ensure that guests kept Mexico in their memory as a result of the uniquely crafted experiences offered throughout the property. He successfully captured the country's eclectic culture by integrating locally-inspired design, style and architecture. The hotel features 900 spacious guest suites, 11 distinct dining destinations, multiple swimming pools, a world-class spa and wellness center.

Apart from his expertise in architecture and design, Mr. Quintana has helped shape Hotel Xcaret Mexico as a place that represents every aspect of the vibrant destination through all forms of art, including top-class gastronomy, culture and music.

Please visit http://www.hotelxcaret.com for more information.

Mr. Quintana can be contacted at dquintana@experienciasxcaret.com.mx

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.