PEDRO MARQUES

Pedro Marques, owner of the Kenoa Exclusive Beach Spa & Resort in Brazil.
  • BRAZIL

BEAUTY AND THE BEACH

Pedro Marques was fast on his way to becoming an engineer when inspiration hit – he would use the magical experiences he had in his parents’ summer beach house to create one of Brazil’s most naturally inviting resorts: Kenoa - Exclusive Beach Spa & Resort.

On Brazil's stunning northeast coast in Barra de Sao Miguel, former Deloitte engineer Pedro Marques became inspired by his family's summer house and began developing KENOA, a beach spa and resort that leaves no wishes ungranted. With no prior hospitality experience, it was a ...

“KENOA is not solely a reflection of me, but also of my family and loved ones, and of the people who worked with me over the past years. The hotel, today, is a sum of all these influences.”
PEDRO MARQUES
A view of the Kenoa Exclusive Beach Spa & Resort with steps down to the beach front.
A glimpse of one of the rooms at the Kenoa Exclusive Beach Spa & Resort, in Brazil.
The Kenoa Exclusive Beach Spa & Resort at night. A man is gazing at the sea at the Kenoa Exclusive Beach Spa & Resort in Brazil.
A view of the outside of the Kenoa Exclusive Beach Spa & Resort in Brazil, with detail: endless trees piercing through the hotel.

... combination of entrepreneurial skills and a solid network of friends and family that have made KENOA one of the most stunning resorts in all of Brazil. Marques, who grew up in Portugal, set out to build a hotel from the point of view of the guest; with local interior designer Osvaldo Tenório, he did just that. While KENOA is firmly rooted in the area, the interior design reflects a global vision. With artifacts from Africa to South America, the resort is a "labyrinth of treasures." KENOA is at one with its natural surroundings. The most striking illustration of Marques’ vision is the ecological fantasy created by seemingly endless trees that pierce through the hotel. Reforested eucalyptus trunks blend into the stark exterior, making it appear as if the hotel rises from the green. “Our aim is to make KENOA sustainable, without compromising on service, comfort or luxury,” he says. “I am a firm believer in the idea that one can offer top-notch facilities and still be green.” Thus, recycled materials, reclaimed wood and highly efficient LED lights are found throughout the hotel. To save energy, staff uniforms are never steamed, and there is, of course, a resort-wide ban on plastics. “I have been involved in every step, decision and detail [of designing and building the resort], which makes it a very personal journey. KENOA is not solely a reflection of me, but also of my family and loved ones, and of the people who worked with me over the past years. Today the hotel is a sum of all these influences. You could say that while everything goes via me, not everything is me.”

Man waliking his dog along the beach at the Kenoa Exclusive Beach Spa & Resort in Brazil. Pedro Marques, owner of the Kenoa Exclusive Beach Spa & Resort in Brazil. A view of the veranda of the Kenoa Exclusive Beach Spa & Resort in Brazil with wooden details.
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