After her first trip to Los Cabos, Mexico, salon owner Bambi Montgomery knew it wouldn't be her last-and that next time, she'd mix business with pleasure. "The place immediately drew me in with its unique tone, beauty and attention to detail, and the tenderness of the people," she says. "I started planning Hive on the return flight to Chicago."
Now open, and catering to tourists and locals alike, Hive occupies a 3,000-square-foot, two-story space overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range. Designed in subdued earth tones and natural materials, the spa features custom interiors produced by local artisans, rich teak and marble accents, floor-to-ceiling windows and curved walls. The open spaces keep it airy and fresh, while muted colors and supple fabrics give the space a cozy feel and contribute to the overlying theme.
"Hive is quite literally a nest, a cocoon where the cares of the daily world are kept at bay," explains Montgomery. "The Hive mission is to ensure guests leave our haven with a renewed spirit, feeling better about themselves and the world around them."
Owner: Bambi Montgomery
Location: San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
Opened: May 2006
Total square feet: 3,000
Salon setup: 4 styling stations,
6 spa treatment rooms, 3 manicure stations, 3 pedicure stations
Construction time: 6 months
Construction cost: $300,000
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