Open Waters

The first hotel to open in Puerto Rico after the 2017 storms, the 96-key Serafina Beach Hotel is definitely on a boutique scale. That didn’t stop Lionel Ohayon, founder, ICRAVE, from creating a design that embraces both volume and white space. For Serafina Restaurant Group’s first hotel, Ohayon was determined to capture the expansive quality of the ocean and its transparency.

The main answer to Ohayon’s self-imposed design challenge was, naturally, to emphasize every square foot of available space. A double height lobby seems even loftier with a floor-to-ceiling mural and delicate pendent lights hung on almost-invisible supports. In the guestrooms, organically shaped mirrors reflect light, but also make the rooms seem to double in size.