NEW YORK—Nobu Hospitality will open Nobu Ryokan Malibu on April 28. Transformed from a 1950s vintage beach motel, the resort has 16 accommodations over two stories, offering panoramic views and an ocean-facing courtyard with a garden displaying native plants.
Architects Studio PCH and Montalba Architects, and designers TAL Studio, Shawmut Design and Construction, C.W. Eisner and Nikita Khan, spearheaded the design concept, which attempts to balance the flow of energy, neutral color palette and organic materials. Rich, natural material palettes of teak, bronze and limestone carry throughout the interior and exterior, channeling the minimalist aesthetic of traditional Japanese inns while evoking the laid-back spirit of the property’s location, according to the company. Each guestroom has been individually designed, incorporating natural California views and Japanese design elements such as tatami mats, sand-colored limestone walls and hand-crafted teak soaking tubs.
The property will be the first to open in Nobu Hospitality’s Ryokan Collection, which consists of a group of individual and exclusive retreats located in exotic destinations and gateway markets. The hideaway retreats offer distinctive service and luxury products each set with an authentic Ryokan-inspired style, according to the company.