“ZEST” is quite a revolution in the usually predictable realm of luxury hospitality. This striking space is the creation of acclaimed international restaurant designer Henry Chebaane who has conceived a refreshingly hip alternative to the usually predictable hotel all-day dining restaurant.
Located inside the JW Marriott Absheron Baku, one of the region’s most prestigious hotels, ZEST is already attracting widespread acclaims throughout the city for its invigorating mood and design as well as the fresh service delivered by the management team.
The branding, lighting and interior design take inspiration from Miami’s South Beach and Sydney’s Bondi Beach combined with the citrus groves of Lenkaran, the subtropical southern region of Azerbaijan.
The highest ceiling point at 8,5 meters is covered with “VITAMIN SPRITZ” a stunning lighting art installation, made of 101 globes and 2500 rods of translucent yellow, orange and lime floating in space while gently pulsing through the day as part of a sophisticated scenography created by Blue Sky Hospitality design studio.
A second large scale art installation, also by Henry Chebaane, is “DUCK MARMALADE”: a whimsical spread of 1500 orange rubber duck floating inside an eleven meters pool of granite and white marble.
“ZEST lifestyle café” provides guests with an all immersive environment of laid-back luxury merging art, retail, bar and dining, this includes a flower atelier, exclusive books, cult fragrances, limited-edition urban vinyl art, a coffee bar, a patisserie, a salad pantry, pizza oven and all day café.
The modern Mediterranean cuisine is focused on health and wellness with inspiration taken from across Turkey, Lebanon, Greece, Spain and Sicily as well as local dishes rich in fruits, herbs and vegetables.
The entire space invigorates customers with a crisp palette of pale oak, white marble, linen Corian and polished stainless steel punctuated by pops of vibrant citrus colours. Modernist furniture, intricate custom millwork and numerous design details deliver a cosmopolitan vibe with strong style but understated elegance.Location: Baku, Azerbaijan
Designer: Blue Sky Hospitality / Henry Chebaane
Client: Yeni Absheron Otelli LLC
Area: 990 M2
Photographer: Emil Khalilov & Michael Koeditz