UNDER THE MEXICAN SUN
Dallas: May, 2013
article by: Paul Rubio
photography: Dallas Magazine
Mexico's epicenters of traditional and contemporary luxury are luring globe-trotters to revel in a glamorous renaissance of epic proportions.
The southern capes of the Baja Penisula, or Los Cabos (visitloscabos.travel), are some of the world's most fabled shorelines- and for good reason. The aquamarine crossroads of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez dazzle with astounding natural beauty and a handful of resorts that flawlessly capture an extraordinary union of desert, sea and modern opulence.
Between the 20-mile corridor uniting the towns of Cabo San Lucas to the west and San Jose del Cabo to the east, several exalted resorts battle for the title of Mexico's "it" hotel, each delivering a bespoke incarnation of paradise. Stellar service, dreamy vistas, showstopping design and refined accouterments are givens. It's the fine details that set these juggernauts apart, leaving jet-setters and glitterati with multiple definitions of heaven on earth.
Near Cabo San Lucas' iconic Land's End, Capella Pedregal (capellahotels.com/cabosanlucas) is the newest of the ultraluxe hotels and embraces the apex of taste and style, while imparting an unwavering ambiance of utter romance. Cover to cover, a stay at Capella Pedregal reads like an epic fairy tale. The prologue; the grand entrance through Pedregal Mountain by way of tunnel, whereupon a vision of light reveals a postcard-perfect image of tropical paradise, while impeccable modern architecture mingles with sleek reflection ponds, and low-lying cacti flush towering date palms exposed to a brilliant blue sky and cerulean waters. The narrative; the potpourri of paths along swathes of virgin beach with Land's End in the horizon, whale-watching by day and stargazing at night from the en-suite infinity pool, sipping guava margaritas and fine wines with new friends at the hotel's largest swim spot, and enjoying unabashed pampering in a private over-water pavilion at the 100,000-square-foot ocean-view Auriga Spa.
The 66 rooms, suites and family villas in all nine of Capella's rock-hewn low-rise structures overlook the ocean- there's not a bad view anywhere in this high-design enclave. Intricately studded with etched, mesquite wood doors open up to elegantly designed Mexican sanctuaries. Framed by exposed wood trusses and panoramas of sea and sky, spaces are decorated with custom-made hardwood furnishings, exquisite candelabras, hand-embroidered lampshades and artistic textiles revealing colorful journeys through the country's diverse regions.
You'll spend far too much time at Auriga Spa, likely indulging in one of the cleansing or revitalizing signature treatments inspired by the lunar cycle. Despite its mammoth size, the spa intentionally keeps its number of treatment rooms to 10, each one is like a lily pad where you enter from land and can exit directly into the pool's shallow ponds.
Experiential eats also add to the Capella Pedregal high. Tucked into the cliffs on the property's western perimeter. El Farallon is a new take on a old-fashioned outdoor fish market, where selections of fresh-caught seafood change daily. At Crudo, lunch light on fresh sashimi, sushi and cerviche to save room for complimentary guacamole and chips delivered to your room every afternoon. At signature restaurant Don Manuel, a Mexican gastronomic tour de force may include octopus aguachile, lobster tamales, tamarind-and coconut-glazed duck breast, and macadamia-crusted sea bass. Or, amp up the romance factor and dine on the beach. Under starry skies, the resort transforms its stunning shore into a private open-air dining room (tiki torches and rose petals included), with Champagne at the ready and a decadent multi-course meal savored at your leisure. It's just another example of how every whim is accommodated to perfection.