Cabo San Lucas at the bottom of the Baja Peninsula in Western Mexico has more than a few charms that keep the L.A. glitterati coming back for weekend escapes between film shoots. And those usually require immersion in deep luxury at the confluence of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez where The Resort at Pedregal stands, and its chic and in-demand restaurant, El Farallon, rises from the rocky cliffs.
The Resort at Pedregal provides a rarefied stay in Cabo San Lucas. With only 113 rooms and a focus on romance, this luxury resort by the sea is not the quarry of party seekers and spring break crowds. Rather it is where you can go in Cabo San Lucas and get a sense of quiet, enjoy some extremely good seafood, take walks on clean, deserted beach strands, soak in your own private pool and hear the soft roar of the ocean all night from your room.
The first thing you notice when arriving at the resort is its remoteness. While it is within a five-minute walk to the bustling marina and of designer shopping venues, parked yachts and busy café bars, a castle-like tunnel through the cliffs separates the resort from all that and gives the Pedregal a sea-facing world all its own.
There you find guestrooms and suites that feel like royal guest quarters in some Mediterranean castle keep. Rooms have ceramic tile flooring and wide windows overlooking the ocean or the marina. They have private plunge pools and sun terraces and romantic fireplaces. Each guest is given a personal concierge, and a personal chef should they want one. In the room guests will find a bottle of tequila and an in-room refreshment center full of complimentary beverages and treats. Every afternoon an ice bucket is delivered along with two Coronitas and a side of chips with fresh guacamole.
Recently, the Pedregal added the three-bedroom Villa Collection – an exclusive, 4,391-square-foot villa with a living room and floor-to-ceiling windows. It has an open balcony, a private infinity pool and a fire pit, as well as loungers and a barbecue area. Naturally, the lay out also includes a full kitchen and dedicated butler service – an ideal set up for families in a wedding party, friends who want to vacation together or families.
Surrender to the Moon and the Sea
At the heart of The Resort at Pedregal find the Luna y Mar Spa, a labyrinth of wellness and healing overlooking the ocean beyond. The 12,000-square-foot oasis of peace features 10 private treatment rooms, all opening onto a special spa pool that contains eight relaxing floatation pods. Two elaborate couples suites provide private hot tubs.
Both the men’s and women’s areas offer a healing hideaway with intricate Moorish tile work and steam, sauna and ice rooms. Daily seaside Yoga is offered and special yoga-focused retreats with midnight meditations sessions can be booked for the asking. Treatments are themed according to Moon, Sea and Mexican Folk remedies cleverly infusing local herbs and plants into the mystical and archetypal forces of nature.
For the active set, a fitness facility is open 24 hours, and a daily regimen of fitness classes, TRX, cross-training, Pilates and even boot camps come with the resort experience.
A Taste of Perfection
Dining, too, is a central experience and dinner at El Farallon can be considered the hidden gem of the resort, if not Cabo San Lucas, itself. One of the most in-demand tables in town, El Farallon takes the bounty from the seas as it comes in daily from local fishing crews and displays it upon shaved ice for guests to select. The catch is then cooked to order with a heady display of sauces and garnishes and a slew of creative sides. The setting, too, is sublime – outdoors, under the sky and stars as waves crash into the rocks just below.
Ahead of dinner, guests can enjoy the Champagne Terrace that provides a selection of at least 15 different Champagnes by the glass that can be sipped in full or sampled in flights paired with house-made moles.
Mexican-inspired dining happens in a terrace restaurant overlooking the ocean called Don Manuel’s Restaurant and Su Cocina. Both the breakfast buffets and dinner offerings are elaborate in choice and culinary innovation. Su Cocina is an exclusive dining option for up to 10 guests, who get a special menu and the chance to watch the culinary team prepare each dish in front of them.
Discovering special flavors and dishes they want to take home, guests can take culinary classes at the resort that include participating in events such as tequila or wine tastings, learning how to prepare classic regional ceviches, demystifying tamales, and whipping up magic salsas and moles.
For those who want to move beyond the beach to discover some of the other wonders of Baja, the Resort at Pedregal’s new menu of exclusive experiences offers a bounty of choices – from swimming with Whale Sharks, to island hopping and sunrise stand up paddleboarding.
Art and Culture in the Los Cabos
Two art colonies remind wanderers that Los Cabos has culture, too.
San Jose Del Cabo, at the upper eastern end of the 20-mine resort corridor that has Cabo San Lucas at the bottom end, remains a charming and walkable town that is anchored by a church, numerous art galleries, creative notion stores, comely boutiques, a smattering of desirable restaurants and cobbled streets to keep it all within its colonial roots.
The Mission San José del Cabo was founded in 1730 and it was a notable supply stop for galleons traveling to and from the Philippines. The expansive town square is the site of festivals and art walks. On Thursday evenings from November to June, art works fill the campus and most stores stay open late.
The other jewel of the area is Todos Santos, a colonial art town in the cooler nearby mountains about an hour’s drive away. It’s a preserved mission village that still seems caught in the 19th century except for the phalanx of colorful notion boutiques lining the main street. Find handmade jewelry, bright cotton wraps and dresses, drawings and paintings of local artists, handspun pottery and food items in the shops inhabiting the old adobes there. The Misión Santa Rosa de las Palmas founded in 1723 and renamed the next year as Nuestra Señora del Pilar de La Paz can be toured and a central museum is free for the wandering as well, offering a look into what the town was like in the preceding centuries through photos and artifacts.
In fact, a stay in Cabo San Lucas can be stuffed with all manor of exclusive experiences, from diving, to whale watching to shopping to learning. And a stay at the Resort at Pedregal allows visitors to have it all.
The Resort at Pedregal
Camino del Mar 1
Cabo San Lucas
Baja California Sur, Mexico
Phone: +52 624 163 4300
Toll-free: (844) 733 7342; 844-PEDREGAL
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