The Nautilus Hotel
The Nautilus Hotel
Concept & Architecture
Visitors from all walks of life are drawn to the Malaysian island of Langkawi, renowned for its placid white-sand beaches, mysterious local legends, and abundant aquatic biodiversity. The Nautilus Hotel is envisioned as a seabound ship, the long undiscovered jewel of Cenang beach, one of the island’s most beautiful locales nestled where the Straits of Malacca meet the crystal blue waters of the Andaman Sea. Through the Nautilus’ breathtaking architectural design and enchanting décor guests are invited to embark on a nautical journey carrying them ever deeper into the boundless charms of the sea.
Fair Winds and Following Seas
Entering the hotel is akin to immersion in a marine world. Guests are greeted by double volume ceilings with natural curves and timber mimicking a ship’s deck. A custom artwork installation fashioned from recycled yarn and textiles captures the essence and vitality of the island’s coral reefs and forms a colorful, captivating backdrop for the reception desk. Fluted walls transition from stone to select timber as one travels from the lobby to the dining space. Bespoke furniture introduces the color, texture, and patterns of the local Malaysian craft scene. Neutral off-white tones on walls, floors, and ceilings bring to mind the breaking waves on the shore, while spherical lighting fixtures draw inspiration from the strange, mysterious lifeforms at the bottom of the sea. Blue accents in myriad shades and patterns mirror the vast sea outside the hotels full-scale windows.
A Captain’s Retreat
Guests retreat to private quarters fit for a luxury ship’s captain. As with other areas of the hotel, the guest room designs symbolize oceanic elements. The light timber tones of the fluted millwork and floors evoke images of Malaysian palms. Light beige textured walls borrow from the surrounding sands. Blue bathroom wall tiles and pebble wash flooring call out to the sea. Custom room artwork and loose furnishings, such as woven rattan fabric and intricate leatherwork, add flourishes of the local craft scene. Traditional weaving patterns decorate throw pillows and bed runners. Outdoor beach furniture and selected plants enhance the outdoor terrace’s tropical ambience, a perfect environment for enjoying soothing vistas of the surrounding sea.