Jet Set Elite Traveler: May, 2011
article by: Tom Zenner
photography: Capella Pedregal
By the time the first particles of rubber from the wheels of your airplane make contact with the asphalt landing strip, and well before the cabin door opens and you inhale your first intoxicating whiff of Cabo San Lucas air, it's impossible not to have allowed your mind to wander a few minutes and wonder: Will the next few days live up to what you've read and heard? Can a stay at the breathtakingly spectacular Capella Pedregal, an ultra-exclusive grandeur, service, personal touch and majestic coastal and historic beauty and architecture actually be on par with the glowing recommendations and reviews?
The answers are a resounding and emphatic Si, and that instantly becomes apparent the moment your chauffeur-guided luxury SUV enters the 300-meter long tunnel, Dos Mares. It has literally been carved in the world with completely private access.
Capella Pedregal is just minutes from bustling downtown Cabo, yet seemingly a world away thanks to its secluded location, sitting on the region's most coveted parcel of land, a 24-acre site at the southernmost tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula. It's where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez, close to the legendary rock formations known as Land's End.
Reminiscent of a Mediterranean mountainside village, with a design that celebrates traditional Mexican culture mixed with sophisticated modern elements, it's very easy to see why the hotel has rung up as many awards as it has A-list celebrity endorsements. The reason why is simple. Every room provides sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, and if you choose to stay in one of the eight 1,638 square foot Estrella Suites, or one of the three coveted Villa Suites that range from almost 2,600 square feet to 4,266 square feet, you will have direct access to your own private beach, with butler service, a private plunge pool, fire pit and ample opportunities to make your stay one of the most memorable of your entire life.
Location is a key selling point for Capella Pedregal, and after the stall provides a private ride on gold cart to the end of the tunnel, you are literally just minutes from the restaurants and nightlife of Cabo. Brace yourself, though, for the possibility that you might not want to leave. And you certainly don't have to leave the property to enjoy a world-class dining experience. Under the tutelage of self-trained Executive Chef Marco Bustamante, Capella Pedregal's three distinctive dining establishments feature refined, traditional Mexican dishes which evoke a true "Baja" feel.