intu Costa del Sol

intu Costa del Sol is the world’s first retail resort, located within five minutes' walk of Torremolinos, Spain

intu costa del sol
  • Project Data

  • Location

    Torremolinos, Spain

  • Size

    235,000 square meter site

  • Services

    Architecture, Landscape, Wimberly Interiors

intu Costa del Sol is the world’s first retail resort. Set to be the largest construction site in Western Europe as it makes way for more than 100,000 square meters of green spaces, 70 restaurants, 12 neighborhoods, two hotels, a huge concert venue, an on-site circus and more, the brief for intu Costa del Sol was clear: assist the Client in redefining and reinventing destination retail as a resort experience.

Involving more than 70 designers from WATG and Wimberly Interiors London and secondments from our studios in Irvine and Singapore, alongside retail experts from intu, the project draws on WATG’s more than 70 years of exceptional hospitality-led design and a deep understanding of the guest experience. Over 18 months, the collaborative process between WATG, intu and a range of local and international consultants analyzed customer demographics, experiential attractions and guest journeys.

intu Costa Del Sol

The outcome, which is inspired by the end-user, is an unparalleled retail experience that is curated through a hospitality lens. Treating shoppers as guests, intu Costa del Sol visitors will be taken on a high-end journey that begins from the moment they arrive at the site and continues until the moment they leave. Through understanding the customer psyche as that of a hotel guest, rather than a shopper, the project emphasizes leisure and luxury, empowering visitors to move at a slower and more deliberate pace than a traditional retail property – ultimately creating a more welcoming and engaging experience for guests, staff and tenants, and driving positive results for all parties.

intu Costa del Sol is anticipated to open in 2023.

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