Escapes: Winter, 2009
article by: Romana Lilic
photography: Robert Reck, Francisco Estrada
Just Like Heaven
A couple of steps from downtown Cabo San Lucas and the Marina, before entering Capella Pedregal gate and its 1,000 foot private tunnel Dos Mares carved through the mountainside, you can hardly imagine what awaits for you on the other side. Upon arrival, facing a breathtaking expanse of azure sea and sky, a friendly greeting welcomes you. You feel comforted as if stepping into the home of a cherished friend. You immediately forget where you are and what you are here for. Is this heaven? Maybe, maybe not. But after spending some time here, you will begin to wish heaven is as nice as Capella Pedregal.
Capella Pedregal is nestled in one of the most coveted pieces of land in Cabo San Lucas. It is laid on 24 beachfront acres at the southernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez near the legendary rock formation known as Land's End. It is the only luxury hotel and residence resort with immediate proximity to the world class Marina and just a couple of steps from downtown Cabo.
The Capella Pedregal story started more than 30 years ago with Don Manuel Diaz Rivera, an architect, visionary and family patriarch who brought his family to Cabo San Lucas in the 1970s, when it was still a small, 900 inhabitant fishing village. He was in search of a place where they could work, live and thrive together while building a dream . He purchased land that would become Pedregal de Cabo San Lucas in 1974, recognizing the great potential in its glorious views of both the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean. Several years and three generations later, the Diaz Rivera family continues to live in Pedregal and continues to build the family dream. Pedregal has become one of Cabo's most exclusive neighborhoods with more than 340 homes built along its cobblestone streets bringing the charms of Old Mexico into the 21st century with every modern convenience.
The community's last untouched site of breathtaking cliff side and beach front land with unrivaled views of Cabo San Lucas, was saved to become home of Capella Pedregal Resort and Residences, a resort development of unprecedented beauty and luxury, and the magnum opus of the Diaz Rivera family legacy.
The opening of Capella Pedregal in July 2009 introduced the esteemed Capella brand to both Mexico and North America. Capella Pedregal promises the unique benefits of the finest boutique hotels- including superb architecture and interior design, the utmost privacy, individualized service and attention to detail- combined with amenities and activities found only in the world's great luxury hotels and resorts, available to both hotel guests and residents. Capella is a brand focused on customer choice, and offers choices that no other hotel group in the world can match.
"At Capella Pedregal, each guest will feel cared for as if he or she is at the home of a treasured friend, with every need anticipated and each wish fulfilled through our 'sixth' sense service," said Peter Bowling, General Manager at Capella Pedregal. "We will always draw from the best local resources to create unforgettable, authentic Mexican experiences based on the guest's personal interests."
This exclusive hideaway encompasses the Capella Pedregal Yacht Club, an intimate 66-room Capella Resort and Spa: 31 shared- and full-ownership Capella Residences, 19 shared- and full-ownership Capella Casonas, and a whole ownership, six-bedroom Capella Estate Villa, all with dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez.
Auriga Spa is laid in the heart of Capella Pedregal, breathing in and out a pure essence of luxury living. With a name inspired by the heavens and a distinctive approach to wellness, Auriga offers much more than pampering. It's design concept and signature treatments utilize the varying energies of the lunar cycle to relax, restore and realign the mind, body and spirit. Auriga Spas are known throughout the world for their authentic representation of local healing traditions, and Auriga at Capella Pedregal is no exception with its treatments enhanced by Mexican folk healing practices and integrative wellness programs designed to enhance the lives of each quest. Once you've tried Auriga Spa, it will certainly become your favorite wellness retreat in Baja Sur.
Capella Pedregal offers three exclusive dining options: the casual Beach Club; El Farallon, a dramatic seaside grill with cliff side tables overlooking the crashing waves below; and Don Manuel's, Capella's signature fine dining restaurant The highlight of Don Manuel's is Su Cocina, your kitchen, which transforms itself throughout the day. In the morning it is a bustling Mexican market, where you can smell the freshly baked bread, just out of the oven and choose among a variety of fresh fruits and juices, handmade tamales steaming in a cazuela, and other Mexican specialties. After lunch Su Cocina hosts cooking classes with a hand's on approach to learning many of the popular recipes served, and in the evening it becomes an interactive kitchen to chat with the chefs and sample daily antojitos or appetizers. "Don Manuel's is a fine dining restaurant in terms of setting, presentation and service, but is unpretentious in the quality of the food and its casual atmosphere if you prefer to eat family style, which is really the sense of Mexico," explains Marco Bustamante, Capella Pedregal's Executive Chef, whose restaurant at Capella Hotel in Velden, Austria, earned a rare distinction of a Michelin star within six months of its debut.
In addition to its restaurants, 24-hour-in-room dining is offered, and Private Chef Services available to Capella residents. If you are coming back from a successful day of fishing on one of Capella yachts, the chef and his team will be more than happy to prepare the catch for you.
Capella Pedregal is the only Private Residence Club in the world to offer shared ownership interests in a Yacht fleet with boat slips at Cabo Marina, one of the most exclusive marinas in North America. The fleet of Viking sport fisher and cruiser yachts is available to Capella Residences, Capella Casona owners, and hotel guests.
Baja culture pervades every aspect of Capella Pedregal with guestroom interiors that blend modern and traditional Mexican elements. Each hotel room boasts magnificent ocean views with a private plunge pool in every room. The Casonas and Residences are oriented like sunflowers that open up themselves up to the beautiful views that surround them.
Capella Pedregal guests, who wish to experience Cabo, will find the vibrant shops, dining and entertainment of Cabo San Lucas town within easy reach by foot, bike, personal car or resort valet. Beware through, once you have come to Capella Pedregal, you may not want to leave at all. If there is heaven, let's hope it looks like Capella Pedregal.