Cabo Living: Fall, 2007
article by: Cabo Living
photography: Cabo Living
Long a landmark community of upscale homes on a hill overlooking Cabo San Lucas, Pedregal is one of the original luxury developments that made a significant mark on the Los Cabos landscape. Pedregal was inspired by the vision of family patriarch Don Manuel Diaz Rivera, a Cabo pioneer who had acquired 360 acres of prime real estate just up the hill from then sleepy Cabo San Lucas and created the premiere luxury home development in the area.
With views overlooking the Sea of Cortez, Cabo's marina, and the Pacific, Pedregal was designed to be "a place where peace and harmony sit on every corner and tranquility resides in every heart," as Manuel Diaz Rivera said back in 1974. The gated mountainside community, which acts as a picture postcard backdrop for the town, offers heart-stopping 360* vistas, and its homes and cobble stoned streets represent the best of Old World charm in the region's most prestigious neighborhood. Now, after more than 30 years of development, Pedregal includes over three hundred homes ranging from 3,600 square feet to over 20,000 square feet.
As wonderful as that location has been. Manuel Diaz Rivera's words have recently taken on a new meaning, as a high concept community is currently being developed in Pedregal. Don Manuel's eldest grandson, Juan Diaz Rivera, now leads the family's project team in developing the community's last untouched site- acres of breathtaking cliff-side and beachfront land, with unrivaled views of the Pacific Ocean and Cabo San Lucas. This exclusive site is the planned home of Capella Pedregal.
Capella Pedregal is a top-tier development that literally brings new heights to the luxury living lifestyle in the area directly above Cabo San Lucas, a resort complex that includes the 66-room Capella resort and world class spa that is a stunning example of inspired architecture and interior design. The hotel and spa complex shares the location with the fractional ownership Capella Residences and full ownership Capella Casonas. The entire compound is conceived as a quaint Mediterranean village-style complex that blends modern style and traditional Mexican culture. The new development is the combines vision of Capella Hotels and Resorts President and CEO Horst Schulze, a former Vice Chairman of the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company, and the Diaz Rivera family, pioneers of the original Pedregal gated luxury community.
Capella Pedregal is designed to offer unprecedented luxury in a resort that incorporates the natural wonders of the Baja coast with a world class beachfront hotel and spa, private yacht club, beach club and shared and full ownership homes for a very lucky few. Upon completion there will be 31 shared partnership Residence properties, and 20 private full ownership Casonas.
Ownership at Capella Pedregal Residences and Casonas also include membership in the Capella Yacht Club. The Yacht Club consists of a fleet of Viking 61-foot sport fishing yachts and 70-foot cruising boats. An ideal platform for sport fishing competition, each Viking has three staterooms, three bathrooms, a spacious kitchen, living and dining area as well as the latest technology and fishing equipment. Ancillary craft such as kayaks are also provided, as is dive compression equipment. Yacht Club members (and their guests) can enjoy the use of many boats in the club fleet while paying only a daily fee to cover fuel.
Among the lavish amenities available through ownership at Capella Pedregal is the transportation service afforded owners who are greeted at the airport by a driver and escorted through Cabo San Lucas into a private tunnel that has been carved through the mountain. The light at the end is the shimmering Capella Pedregal resort complex perched on the hill high above the beach and ocean.
Once at Capella Pedregal, owners have access to a world of luxury services, including a personal majordomo who can provide fresh squeezed juice in the morning, fresh salsas, chips and other snacks, and can even provide day care service if an owner needs to run an errand. The spa at Capella Pedregal has treatments designed by Sylvia Sepielli and includes a yoga terrace on the beachfront at the front of the foot of Pedregal cliffs and also mountaintop Curanderos suites influenced by the wellness and ritual traditions of Baja healers.
Capella Pedregal also offers four restaurants on the property, including a cliff-side grill literally suspended over the ocean serving fresh seafood in a poolside dining environment.
Capella Pedregal, when complete in the spring of 2008, will be the product of a visionary design team that includes Paul Duesing Partners, who overlook the concept of the entire project of Capella Pedregal. Nunzio DeSantis of Dallas-based HKS Inc. will provide all architectural planning, and landscape architect Charles S. McDaniel of SWA Group will create the landscaping for the property. The developer for the project is Richard Holland of HotelVentures LLC.
Capella Pedregal promises to be a crowning achievement for the Diaz Rivera family. What began as one man's vision years ago has evolved into an enduring family legacy that continues to provide the highest standard of luxury in the hills and cliffs that have long been the scenic backdrop overlooking Cabo San Lucas.