Crème de Los Cabos: The Top Five Resorts

In a previous post, I wrote, quite eloquently might I suggest, about various things to do once you arrive in Cabo San Lucas.  Working backwards (my normal orientation), it might be worthwhile to give some serious thought as to where you are going to reside during your upcoming holiday in Cabo San Lucas.

I should warn you at the outset that even with my vaunted (or is it taunted?) descriptive powers, after reading this post it will not be an easy selection.  That is because I intend to lay before you the five most luminous objects in the entire Cabo San Lucas panoply.

Five Gold Stars

Whether your intent is to impress a partner,  indulge a passion, or ingest a prawn the size of a West Indian manatee, you can’t possibly go wrong booking your stay at any one of these little gems.  OK, there is one way to go terribly wrong – booking with another travel company – but let’s not even go there!

Here are my recommendations in no particular order.  I am already destined to offend all those resorts who failed to make this short list so inflaming the passions of hotel partners who were selected by ranking them seems both provocative and ill advised.

Las Ventanas Al Paraiso

Las Ventanas al Paraiso

As fate would have it, I have already written a captivating little treatise about the first of our five resorts which you can read here.  Another aspiring blogger, Larry Olmsted, who writes for such obscure publications as Forbes, USA Today and Golf Travel also contributes his modest insights.  By some miracle, should you find your thirst for knowledge still unslaked after reading my mesmerizing piece, I suppose you could trundle over here and read Larry’s workmanlike article.   Don’t blame me if it pales in comparison to mine.  Just lower your expectations and you should be fine.

Capella Pedregal

Capella PedregalYou will search long and hard to find any resort in the world with a more impressive setting.  The picture you see above is your first view after exiting a long tunnel cut through the heart of a mountain.  The infinity view framed by the dancing tongues of fire elicits an audible gasp from most first time guests.

I was a guest there a couple of years ago and several fond memories still float like dainty lily pads on the tranquil surface of my memory.  The Auriga Spa was a spectacular setting to relax and rejuvenate.  One of my favorite recollections is taking a cooking class from the well-known chef Marco Bustamante on ways to prepare three unique varieties of ceviche, one of my favorite delights.

One&Only Palmilla

One And Only Palmilla, Cabo San LucasIf you go to this resort’s website, which I strongly suggest you do, you will find this rather immodest description, “One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos Resort, a retreat of gracious splendour, where exhilaration and serenity thrive in blissful harmony.”  Bear Bryant, longtime head football coach at Texas A&M and the University of Alabama famously said, “It ain’t bragging if it’s true.”   This property has every right to extol its virtues however loudly it cares to.

Every stay includes complimentary welcome Tequila, golf, a bottle of wine, spa and more.  As for accolades honors and awards, if these were medals and ribbons, the entire resort would be draped like the chest of a tin horn Generalissimo from some third world military junta.  Let’s just say if Conde Nast and Travel & Leisure are singing your praises, there must not be too many flys buzzing about!

Secrets Marquis Los Cabos

Secrets Marquis Los CabosLet me share a little insider secret I have learned from extensive personal experience.  There are no bad Secrets Resorts.  I have stayed at Secrets the Vine, Secrets Vallarta Bay, Secrets Silversands, Secrets Wild Orchid and Secrets Maroma Beach and visited a couple of others.

Each and every one of them exhibited the same exemplary personal service and luxurious accommodations.  AMResorts, the parent company and a division of Apple Vacations, has every reason to be proud of what they are quietly crafting from the Caribbean to the sun-drenched shores of western Mexico.  As a bit of a wordsmith myself, a personal tip of the hat to whoever creates these incredibly alluring names:  St. James, Wild Orchid, Aura, the Vine, etc. Their very names are siren calls to serene settings.

Esperanza, an Auberge Resort

Esperanza, an Auberge ResortAuberge is truly more than just an incredible string of resort pearls.  It is not an exaggeration to say it is a lifestyle.  If you question that assertion, just spend a little time dawdling over the pages of their iconic blog, The Art Of Living.  The blog itself is a destination! The resort in Cabo, as do all their resorts, reflects the worldly charm of the CEO Mark Harmon.  You might enjoy this interview with him in the May issue of Robb Report

One of the nicer features of the dining experience is the fact they showcase ingredients from local farmers and fishermen.  As followers of this blog well know, I am a great aficionado of spas.  You should know that The Spa At Esperanza has been named the number one spa in Latin America by Travel & Leisure magazine.

OK, the table has been set.  Five glorious, unique, stunning slices of paradise.  For most of my readers, devouring all five courses is impractical due to lack of time or financial resources.  As a quick aside, if you don’t possess those two limitations, we really should get to know one another better!

Given those limitations for us mere mortals, which resort will you choose? 

Consummate Cabo: Las Ventanas al Paraiso

Here is my self-appointed challenge for this post.  I shall attempt to tell you about the second of the three jewels in Rosewood’s royal Mexican tiara without submerging you in a sea of superlatives.   Trust me, it is going to be more difficult than it might sound for such an amazing place.

Last post our focus was Rosewood Mayakoba.  Now we turn our attention to Las Ventanas al Paraiso.  For those sad souls who have never had the privilege of visiting “The Window to Paradise”, thisLas Ventanas in Cabo San Lucas resort glistens like a white cactus flower in an endless desert.   The architecture is minimalistic yet remarkably elegant.  When you first set foot on the property,  it  offers the promise of a welcome oasis and refreshing respite from the parched landscape of your daily life.  It is a promise richly fulfilled by inspired cuisine and matchless hospitality.    (Good grief, so much for my intentions at the outset.  We are just getting started and I have you already mired up to your hip waders in metaphors.  Despite my best intentions, I am slinging superlatives around like a Waffle House fry cook serving up hash browns.  OK, deep breath.  Let’s try again.)

The Sea Grill at Las Ventanas in Cabo San LucasDining at Las Ventanas not only satisfies the palate but soothes the jangled nerves.  When you are on vacation, if you’re the least bit like me (I know, scary thought), it’s not about chowing down but chilling out.  It is imperative that the mood be as mellow as the food is delicious.  So indulge me a moment.  Gaze a few seconds at the picture to the left.  Then, imagine you have just enjoyed a leisurely, mid- afternoon lunch at The Sea Grill. They have just brought you this mango dessert and a piping hot cappuccino you see pictured here.  For the next hour you gaze out at the lapping waves, savoring your dessert andDessert at the Sea Grill at Las Ventanas letting your mind drift like the flotsam you occasionally see bobbing on the ocean waves.  Startled from your trance by two feuding sea gulls,  you glance down at the table suddenly realizing you haven’t turned on your phone in over two days.  Oh, well.

It is nearly time to saunter, sauntering and meandering being the only two gaits permitted on property, over to the spa for your Milk & Honey Bath Ritual with Wrap.  Or did you sign up for the Four Hand Energy Restoration treatment, you wonder.  Surely not.  Four Hands???

And so, you struggle on for days, battling such decisions of great moment.  Which spa treatment today?  Shall I golf or play tennis?  Should I have the rack of lamb at dinner a second time with so many other wonderful selections?  But it was soooo succulent.

Now perhaps, if I have done my work properly, notwithstanding my embarrasing lack of literary restraint, you understand why this second jewel is called “The Window To Paradise”.  Next post we will explore Rosewood’s third, and to those of us with a certain bent, the crown jewel in this tiara fit for a princess.  At that point, I will ask you which of the three is most likely to be added to your personal bucket list.  So do come back.  If you don’t, you will have to live with the responsibility of denying my little poll scientific credibility and, surely you agree, that is a heavy burden to carry through life!