On the beach in San José del Cabo, this chic, whitewashed property is peaceful from the moment you walk through the 20-foot antique door marking the entrance. Giving a glimpse of what’s in store, a waterfall wall and Indian marble floors lead to a breathtaking lobby centered by a circular rope structure dropping 1,200 feet from the ceilings. A staircase leads to the main focus, an open-air chapel overlooking the ocean, an obvious favorite for brides; at least two weddings take place here per week. Featuring five pools and three restaurants, this hotel-and-time-share hybrid, has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere with spacious one- to two-bedroom suites and villas, and more than a dozen giant three-bedroom penthouses. The villas are more like sleek apartments with full kitchens, Jacuzzi tubs, and king beds with hypoallergenic sheets and intricately carved headboards. White and black decor, spacious balconies, pullout sofas, and top-of-the-line appliances are a nice touch. A salon, pool, fitness center, and full spa facility round out the perks.
Eye-catching accommodations mix ivory-colored bedding, couches, chairs, and curtains with dark wood accents, including hand-carved headboards for the king-sized beds. The floors are polished stone, the patio terraces oriented towards striking seaside vistas.
Spacious jacuzzi soak tubs and glass-doored walk-in showers headline the elegant bath facilities.
The lobby is truly breathtaking, a wow-factor welcome of the highest order. Guests enter through a giant antique doorway to a large marble-floored lobby centered around a unique, almost chandelier-like rope sculpture, with descends to within a few feet of a small (by comparison) circular fountain. Flanking staircases lead up to the spectacular open-air wedding chapel.
The deluxe infinity pool is impressive even by Los Cabos standards, a massive three-level expanse overlooking the beach with raised inset fire dancing platforms and an enormous palapa-topped swim-up bar whose hanging ropes echo the magnificent lobby.
The adults-only serenity pool is a quieter, more secluded option. Kids also have a dedicated pool.
Shaded beachfront massage tables with an aural backdrop of lapping waves are one of many soothing wellness therapies available from PAZ Spa. Aromatherapy is also a specialty.
Treadmills, elliptical machines, exercise machines, and free weights are all available in the state-of-the-art fitness center.
Scheduled activities include yoga and Pilates.
Chef and restaurateur Javier Sosa is responsible for the resort’s signature dining experience. Javier’s Restaurant & Bar serves up delicious homestyle Mexican cuisine, with al fresco dining available on a patio deck with a gorgeous view of the Sea of Cortés.
El Café is the place to-go for the morning coffee fix, while the swim-up bar, Flor de Noche, is perfect for cocktails and other refreshments.
Shopping and dining center Plaza del Pescador is within walking distance. Large grocery stores and downtown attractions are easily reached by taxis. Bus service runs constantly between San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, and regional bus lines offer a dozen trips daily to Todos Santos and La Paz. Rental cars are a preferred option for those who don’t want to spend most of their time at the resort.
Bullfighter turned chef Pablo Velez’s El Matador Restaurante (10-minute drive to Paseo de los Marinos) offers a unique fine dining experience, as does Flora’s Field Kitchen, which is set in the middle of a 10-acre farm just outside of the city (10-minutes to Ánimas Bajas).
12 Onzas Tap Room and Baja Brewing Company are the top stops for craft beer aficionados. Both are a few steps from the intersection of Calle Álvaro Obregón and José María Morelos in San Jose del Cabo’s historic Distrito del Arte.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This is the most stylish and luxurious resort on San José del Cabo’s resort-crowded Playa Hotelera. It’s an immaculately maintained property, epic in scope, with superb views and stellar service.