The residential and tourist complex "Hotel Suites Albaizin del Mar" immersed in the Leisure Island has its origin in the new ideas of businessman Francisco Maximiliano Megías, to be able to develop an imaginative and different urbanism trying to proliferate by the year 1988. Priority for the planning and execution of the current form was to be apart of the grid architecture present in the excessive urbanism that has overshadowed the extraordinary beauty of the Spanish coast.
The vision was to promote the construction and operation of these facilities to begin in Almuñécar a tourism conception different from the impersonal mass model. The dream was to turn this setting on a unique and different place of the various tourist destinations in Andalusia. Over 30 years of hard work the complex has attracted many travelers from all over the world who always have pleasant memories of their stays, especially by the beauty, the beaches, the people, the landscapes and the climate.
To get a clearer idea of the emergence of the project you can see the impact it had in some media of the time.
Andalusian Architecture and the future of Almuñécar.
Almuñécar, as the whole of the Costa Tropical, thinks that it is still possible to recover the Andalusian flavor that traditionally distinguished it. That starts with a special conception of tourism development based on the level of quality of life that the city can offer and follows necessarily a new urban design. Francisco Megías, promoter in the Costa Tropical, has taken the first step with works like "Albayzín del Mar";- and the furure «Leisure Island».
"We had to do something where people feel comfortable with large spaces, terraces, gardens, balconies, large windows and even a sidewalk to break with the usual image of a block of flats aseptic and uniform" refers Megías. It remains as an essential criterion: that each home will suit the person who inhabits it, that every corner fills the life of a person who are normally residing in these new buildings or anyone who pass their vacations in it, both in summer and winter."
Francisco Megías, claims that the construction, the urban planning, is what shapes a city and often molds the forms of life of its citizens. Is not about breaking, but only to exploit the natural resources that an area like the Costa Tropical can offer to add it all up and give it to tourists. We say not to the square systems of the facades, cool colors and flat walls.
The planning of the Urban Joint “Albayzin del Mar” immersed in the Leisure Island, serves original designs, new shapes, lighting, continuous movement on the roofs, overhangs, the niches, and the domes and, above all, white lime, tropical plants and the thousand details that make up a home that is born of imagination and fantasy.
"We must achieve that building, nature and man can be integrated through elements, noble and simple at the same time, so that the tourist is almost like in another world. Therefore, if the outside is a successive set of sensations and single images that are part of a homogeneous whole, the interior, each room is part of every individual living in it."
Andalusian Flavor, White Colors.
In the case of Albaizin del Mar every room is totally different from the others, each housing-suite is unlike any other in forms and decorated with sets of cupboards and niches to fully dress the housing-suite with life.
This future urban model can be one of the main attractions of the city and one of the key aspects of the Costa Tropical for tourism that demands the originality of the South-, hence we talk about the Almuñécar before Albayzin del Mar and the Almuñécar after it, clearly betting on the latter.
Francisco Megías advocates recovering the Andalusian village as a model, highlighting the white lime for the future Almuñécar, a city that will grow to the slopes with two-story buildings at most, large green areas and the constant play of movement and architectural forms.
On the sidewalk, dreamed and realized by Francisco Megías, there is already a precedent of how to use more and better the public road, the simple street from the buildings located on Avenida Costa del Sol, has all the necessary ingredients so you can: walk, rest or play, as isolated from everything. The sidewalks are planned as fantasy spaces with tropical plants that separate car parks, fountains, mirrors, and dolmens ending in walls that rise and fall, the entrance to the garage and the lightings, always indirect and hidden, are whims dreamed, like a thousand different ways able to attract to conquer.