Being a consummate travel professional (no giggles, please), I admittedly approach my personal travel a little differently than the average vacationer. Because a large percentage of the travel I do could be considered a combination of business and pleasure, I always travel with an eye out for the unique, the fascinating, the “New Next” to steal a phrase from Texas Monthly magazine. It is my own relentless “quest for the best” to share with you. Think of me as a sort of Indiana Jones searching for the Ark of the Covenant only without the chest hair and female entourage.
This past week was a perfect example. I serve on the advisory board for the travel behemoth, Travel Leaders. We had our quarterly meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico, not exactly a shabby site for a business meeting. One thing I will say about the travel industry, we do meetings right! I was especially pleased to discover that we were staying at the Secrets Puerto Los Cabos. As the title above suggests, this post (and the next several) will introduce you to the newest, nicest and neatest development in one of my favorite destinations in all the world.
First a quick geography lesson. Did you ever stop to think about the fact that the destination is called Los Cabos and not El Cabo (cabo meaning cape or tip in Spanish)? The reason is that at the very tip of the Baja Peninsula there are actually three capes: on the western side is the Cape of San Lucas where you find the town of Cabo San Lucas; the Cape of San Jose where the town of San Jose del Cabo is situated; and finally, there is an Eastern Cape. Just east of San Jose del Cabo is Puerto Los Cabos sitting right on the border between these latter two capes. In between the first two capes is the stretch of land known as The Corridor. Are you starting to remember why you hated geography class so much!
Not to worry, for our purposes we are going to focus all our attention on Puerto Los Cabos. This amazing development is the brain child of the Sanchez Navarro family comprised of a father, at least two or three sons involved in the business and a nephew. To date I have only had the pleasure of meeting Rafael who directs the sales and marketing, a deficiency I hope to remedy soon. I did Google the rest of the family and they all look like stars of a Mexican telenovela. I would love to meet the rest of the “cast” even though in their midst I would no doubt look like one of those character actors brought in for comic relief! Their company is aptly enough named Grupo Questro and, as you will read below, the entire family obviously shares my passionate quest for the best.
Puerto Los Cabos is a planned development nestled in the hills of the Sierra de la Laguna mountains with its own spectacular marina and 18-hole golf course. The existing course is the only course I have every played where the front nine was designed by one world-class architect, Jack Nicklaus and the back nine by an equally famous luminary, Greg Norman. This marriage made in heaven, alas, is temporary seeing that the Greg Norman half will become the front nine of his own eighteen hole signature course and the Jack Nicklaus half will become the back nine of his own 18-hole course. Nothing like picking out your next spouse while still married! And you thought geography was complicated.
With the time I have remaining, I am going to tell you about two incredible resorts currently in progress (J. W. Marriott and Ritz Carlton Reserve) and then invite you to come back soon and read about two magnificent resort properties you can book right now (Secrets Puerto Los Cabos and El Ganzo). Over an ice-cold Negra Modelo (the best beer in Mexico, by the way), Rafael explained to me that the construction I could see next door from where we were sitting on the terrace was a J. W. Marriott that is slated to open late this year. The best I can offer you at the moment are the various artist renderings below. To read a news release about the property, click here.
In case you are not aware, apparently Ritz Carlton was just not quite ritzy enough for some folks so a few years back they launched the Ritz Carlton Reserve brand. This new property is described in their news release which you can read here. “Nestled along 800 feet of oceanfront along Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, 124 private, single-story, oceanfront villas will each have breathtaking panoramic views across the Sea of Cortez in an area of outstanding natural beauty.” Again, here is an artist rendering.
Lest you assume the only option today for visiting Puerto Los Cabos is bringing along a pup tent from home along with a can of pork and beans and a few matches, in the next several posts I will tell you about two remarkable places you can book now. By way of a tease, while both are magnificent, one of these two is perhaps the most unusual and intriguing hotel concept I have ever seen! It may take a couple of blog posts to do it justice.
I’ll be back soon. Why don’t you invite a few friends to join us next time as we continue our “quest for the best”? This will be one time I can promise you won’t be disappointed. In fact, why not sign up to follow this blog and you will never have to be disappointed again? Cheers!