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Winston Baker Proudly Announces The 2016 Los Cabos Film Investor Summit

The Los Cabos International Film Festival will be hosting award-winning director Julie Taymor, producer Gastón Pavlovich and the who’s who of film finance with Winston Baker this November including industry leaders from City National Bank, Shamrock Capital, Black Label Media, Wild Bunch, IM Global, and more…

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29, 2016 — Winston Baker, the leading global producer of entertainment and finance conferences, and the Los Cabos International Film Festival are proud to announce the inaugural Los Cabos Film Investor Summit to be held on November 10-11, 2016 at the ME Cabo Hotel in Los Cabos, Mexico.

“Our goal is to make this Summit a staple event hosted annually in Los Cabos to foster an on-going conversation between Latin American filmmakers and film finance experts from around the world. It will be an exclusive invitation-only platform for producers and investors to collaborate in an intimate and high-level setting,” said Katherine Winston and Amy Baker, Co-Founders of Winston Baker, in a joint statement.

The illustrious speaking faculty includes Keynote Speaker Julie Taymor, an award-winning director of theater, opera and film. She is best known for directing the Walt Disney Company’s production of “The Lion King” on Broadway, for which she became the first woman to win the Tony Award for directing a musical, in addition to a Tony Award for Original Costume Design. Taymor has also worked in film, directing notable films such as “Across The Universe,” “Titus” and “Frida.”

Los Cabos Film

The confirmed roster also comprises of leading film financiers and agents such as:

– Vincent Maraval, Wild Bunch – Sebastian Raybaud, Anton Capital
– David Acosta, City National Bank – Jon Oakes, Bold Films
– Anthony Beaudoin, Union Bank – Molly Smith, Black Label Media
– Jason Sklar, Shamrock Capital – Helen Lee Kim, Good Universe
– Todd Steiner, Comerica Bank – Kimberly Fox, Mad River Pictures
– Phil Hunt, Bankside Films – Alex Walton, Bloom Media
– Nick LoPiccolo, Paradigm Talent Agency – Emily Gotto, Protagonist Pictures
– Claiton Fernandes, California Filmes – Ivan Orlic, Seine Pictures
– John Penotti, Ivanhoe Pictures – Guillaume de Chalendar, Bank Leumi

 

“Beyond the heavy hitters from the dealmaking side, we have also confirmed prolific producers such as Gastón Pavlovich, Juan de Dios Larraín, Luis & Nicolás Puenzo, Ciro Guerra & Cristina Gallego, and Cristian Conti as summit participants,” said Alonso Aguilar Castillo, Director of the Los Cabos International Festival.

Sponsors and partners of the summit include IM Global, Vine Alternative Investments, Akin Gump, and The Hollywood Reporter. For program updates, please visit http://loscabosfilminvestorsummit.com/.

About Winston Baker

Winston Baker produces conferences globally for the entertainment industry addressing strategies for finance, innovation and growth. In particular, Winston Baker is the leading producer of film finance conferences, successfully creating and organizing the Film Finance Forum ® Series and hosting sold out conferences across the US, Europe, Asia Pacific, China, and Latin America. For more information: WinstonBaker.com / @WinstonBaker.

About Los Cabos International Film Festival

Every November, Los Cabos International Film Festival features the best talent from Mexico and Latin America to the North American market, through a carefully curated film program and a dynamic industry platform spearheaded by Los Cabos Meet-MART. For more information: cabosfilmfestival.com.

 

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Seasonal Golf Specials in Los Cabos

World-Class Courses Offers Discounted Greens Fees, Twilight Rates

Golfers who visit Los Cabos this summer can expect well-conditioned courses, plenty of availability, a friendly Cabo welcome—and deeply discounted green fees. Summer is family vacation time, but it’s also the season that invites golfers to take a swing at bargain rates on a bevy of world-class venues.

For example, at Palmilla Golf Club, recently treated to a $3.5 million renovation, “dynamic pricing” enables players to take advantage of adjusted rates based on demand, availability and other factors. The club offers discounted rates starting at $105 for an 18-hole round at Palmilla, the “Grande Dame” of Los Cabos golf and the first Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course built in Latin America. For an ultra-luxe vacation, the 27-hole facility’s golf packages feature accommodations at One&Only Palmilla, a world-class property ranked in the top 1% by TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards.

At Cabo del Sol, the outstanding 36-hole complex with superb designs by Jack Nicklaus (Ocean Course) and Tom Weiskopf (Desert Course), segmented pricing through Sept. 30 entices golfers with the best values of the year. For instance, from 12:30 to 3:20 p.m., green fees on the Ocean and Desert layouts are priced at $150 and $100, respectively. Rates drop to $115 and $75, respectively, after 3:30 p.m. Discounted replay rates are available at Cabo del Sol, as are attractively-priced golf packages in conjunction with the Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda del Mar.

Summer Golf Deals in Los Cabos

The spectacular 13th hole at Quivira, one of many world-class courses in Los Cabos offering discounted greens fees this summer.

At Quivira Golf Club (pictured above), its Jack Nicklaus-designed course marked by sheer granite cliffs, huge windswept dunes and rolling desert foothills, players are privy to summer rates in two time slots through Sept. 30. Quivira’s mid-morning rate to play a world-class layout with more oceanfront exposure than any other course in Los Cabos is $267 (11 a.m. to 1:24 p.m.). The twilight fee, available from 1:36 to 3:00 p.m., is $227. Rates include food and refreshments at the club’s four comfort stations. ‘Stay & Play Packages’ at Pueblo Bonito resort properties are available.

All three Questro Golf courses in Los Cabos offer significant seasonal discounts through Oct. 31. Puerto Los Cabos, situated on the outskirts of San Jose del Cabo, boasts a unique composite layout with nine-hole designs by Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus. (A third nine by Nicklaus is under construction and will open next year). The 18-hole green fee at Puerto Los Cabos is $195. The twilight rate (after 1:30 p.m.) is $135. In addition, dynamic pricing at Puerto Los Cabos brings low season rates down to $115 based on availability. Complimentary refreshments are served at a pair of on-course palapas.

At Cabo Real, centerpiece of a resort development with 3.2 miles of beachfront, an 18-hole green fee of $180 and a twilight rate of $125 after 1:30 p.m. are promoted on the club’s Robert Trent Jones II-designed layout, a superb layout that climbs from the beachfront into steep desert foothills high above the Sea of Cortes.

Questro Golf’s Club Campestre, located five minutes from downtown San Jose del Cabo and a local favorite, is a Nicklaus Design course chiseled into sloping desert terrain that offers excellent value. In addition to an 18-hole green fee of $140 and a twilight rate of $100 that starts at 11 a.m. Campestre also has a dynamic pricing structure that reduces green fees on selected dates to $75, arguably the best bang for the buck in Los Cabos.

Among other amenities, green fees at all Los Cabos facilities include shared golf cart, use of practice facility and bottled water.  

About Los Cabos:

Situated at the tip of the 1,000-mile long Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos is home to award-winning hotels, resorts, championship golf courses, rejuvenating spas and world-class sport fishing. With a unique landscape of dramatic desert and dazzling beaches, Los Cabos is an exotic escape within easy reach of most U.S. and Canadian cities. For more information, images and videos from Los Cabos, visit www.visitloscabos.travel, follow us on Twitter@LOSCABOSTOURISM and visit us on Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.

 

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Pueblo Bonito Offers Turtle Protection and Release Program

Hundreds of endangered sea turtle hatchlings are set free on Cabo’s beaches

It’s that time of year! Summer marks the start of the nesting season for the sea turtles that call Los Cabos home. Through mid-December, hundreds of turtle hatchlings will make their way from the beaches of Cabo San Lucas to the sea. Because the hatchlings are easy prey for natural predators and humans, these gentle reptiles need all the assistance they can get in order to reach maturity and increase their numbers.

Since 2003, Pueblo Bonito Golf & Spa Resorts has made it an important part of the company’s mission to take part in ecological conservation efforts, notably Cabo’s world-renowned Turtle Protection and Release program. Pueblo Bonito believes in educating visitors and residents alike about the importance of active conservation. The annual Turtle Release program provides a fun and fascinating way to assist Mother Nature.

Pueblo Bonito offers turtle protection and release program

Each year, the resort’s team of naturalists observes adult female turtles during their annual summer return to Los Cabos. The beaches in Cabo are important nesting grounds for five species of sea turtles, three of which nest: Pacific Ridley, Leatherback and Galapagos Green Turtle.  Once the location of the nests is recorded, they are marked and protected after the female turtles return to sea. Fences and structures are erected to safeguard the nests from birds, animals and humans until the turtles hatch, usually from late September through mid-December.

For guests and owners visiting Los Cabos during the fall season, Pueblo Bonito offers the opportunity to assist conservation team members as they release the hatchlings from the protected nests. Guests and owners enjoy hands-on participation during a truly rewarding experience, one that creates wonderful memories as well as photo opportunities.

Because there is no way to know exactly when the turtles will hatch, there is no predetermined schedule for the releases. When the eggs in a nest begin to hatch, the director of the ecological program notifies the resort. The event is then organized to allow interested parties to participate. The release is scheduled for just before sunset on that same day. The newly hatched turtles are set free on the beach in front of Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort & Spa. In 2015, more than 420 hotel guests from Sunset Beach, Pacifica and Montecristo participated in 33 sea turtle liberations.

Owners visiting their homes in Quivira Los Cabos are invited to take part along with guests at the Pueblo Bonito resorts. Those visiting Los Cabos during the turtle release season can check with the concierge desk at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort for details:conciergesunset@pueblobonito.com.mx. The satisfaction of aiding an endangered species is an unforgettable experience!

Pueblo Bonito offers turtle protection and release program

Guests can check the resort’s Facebook page for updates and interesting information.

About Quivira Los Cabos

Quivira (pronounced key-vee-ra), Mexico’s premier luxury residential resort community, is situated at Land’s End on the Baja Peninsula, with more than three miles of pristine golden beaches, picturesque desert cliffs and panoramic ocean views. This exclusive 1,850-acre master-planned community, founded by renowned resort developer Ernesto Coppel, is a paradise of elegance, serenity and service. Occupying a spectacular natural landscape, Quivira Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, is complemented by an exclusive oceanfront clubhouse. Quivira Los Cabos is the ultimate destination for residents and guests to live, love and celebrate life.

About Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts and Spas

Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts and Spas has eight award-winning resorts in two destinations, Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlán, all offering luxury all-inclusive options. Each of the properties has its own personality, design and ambiance, yet all share the same high level of impeccable quality and distinguished atmosphere. In Cabo San Lucas, the adults-only Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort  is the ideal setting for a romantic getaway, while Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort, with its large, all ocean-view suites, is perfect for families. Montecristo Estates Luxury Villas, an exclusive gated community, features private two- or three-bedroom villas spaced along a bluff overlooking the Pacific. Pueblo Bonito Rosé Resort & Spa and Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos, both located on El Médano beach, have the best to offer vacationers looking to be right in the middle of all the Cabo action. In Mazatlán, the elegant jewel Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa overlooks the Pacific Ocean and a private beach, while the charming Pueblo Bonito Mazatlán, is located in the famous Golden Zone. Both resorts are great for family vacations and romantic getaways.

 

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Princess Cruises Offers Exceptional Cruise Savings During Great Getaways Sale

5 Day Cabo Getaways Start at $349

Princess Cruises is offering a up to 35% off on short getaway cruises during the Great Getaways Sale, based on double occupancy.

Guests will enjoy the Lotus Spa & Fitness Center, top-notch live entertainment and world-class cuisine made fresh from scratch, as well as fantastic cruise destinations. Getaway cruises from both coasts, range from three to five days and offer a convenient way to get on board and enjoy a cruise vacation. Guests can choose to enjoy the beaches of the Caribbean, charming coastal towns in California, Mexico, or Canada and New England.

In addition to special cruise ship savings, guests can book with reduced deposits of only $50 per person. Third and fourth guests will also save with fares starting at $99 per person.

Princess Cruises Offer Exceptional Cruise Savings During Great Getaways Sale

Great Getaways Sale cruise deals include:

4-day West Coast Getaways — $259 interior; $399 balcony per guest

6-day Western Caribbean — $449 interior; $649 balcony per guest

5-day Cabo San Lucas Getaway — $349 interior; $599 balcony per guest

5-day Canadian Atlantic Provinces Getaway — $599 interior; $649 balcony per person

Additional details about the “Great Getaways Sale” can be found at princess.com/sale.

Other cruise deals and promotions can be found at princess.com/cruisedeals.

All cruise prices are perperson, based on double occupancy.  The “Great Getaways Sale” is available now through 11:59 p.m. PDT on July 20, 2016 and is open to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Bermuda.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel consultant, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company’s website at princess.com.

About Princess Cruises:

One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise line and tour company operating a fleet of 17 modern cruise ships renowned for their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, all provided with the experience of exceptional customer service. A recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess carries 1.7 million guests each year to more than 360 destinations around the globe on more than 150 itineraries ranging in length from three to 111 days. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK).

For further information, contact:
Brea Burkholz,  bburkholz@princesscruises.com, 661-753-1542
Negin Kamali, nkamali@princesscruises.com, 661-753-1539

 

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Cage Fighting Comes to Cabo

The first ever MMA (mixed martial arts) event in Los Cabos, WTC III, was held July 2nd at the spectacularly situated outdoor theater of the Pabellón Cultural de la República, which looks out across the Cabo San Lucas Marina towards Land’s End.

It was a bit of a departure for the cultural center, which since its inception in 2011 has largely hosted dance recitals, book fairs and film screenings. On Saturday, however, an octagonal cage stood center stage, flanked by an announcer, scantily clad ring girls, and a brace of on-call EMTs. Beer vendors roamed the steeply graded stands selling cold cans of Tecate.

Cage Fighting Comes to Cabo

Photo courtesy of Mauricio Rodriguez.

Cabo combat sports aficionados were treated to 10 bouts across weight classes ranging from 121 to 185 pounds. Although half the combatants hailed from La Paz, other Baja locales were well represented – including Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo, Ciudad Insurgentes, Loreto, San Felipe and Ensenada – as were mainland states Sinaloa and Queretaro.

The officially sanctioned melee was organized by Mario Martínez, president of WTC (Welcome to the Cage) and owner of Malosos MMA Club in La Paz, and followed on the heels of two previously successful events in Baja California Sur’s capital city.

Unfortunately, local toughs Daniel Garcia (San Lucas) and Jose “El Primo” Castillo (San Jose) both went down in defeat. But the raucous crowd and high-level of sponsorship bodes well for future events, and Martinez has eyed Saturday, Dec. 3 as a target date for the next WTC event in Los Cabos.

 

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Solmar Group’s Rancho San Lucas DevelopmentTaking Shape in Los Cabos

Exclusive coastal resort will feature a Greg Norman-designed golf course

Rancho San Lucas, an 834-acre master-planned resort community taking shape on a dramatic site along the Pacific Ocean 20 minutes from downtown Cabo San Lucas, will debut phase one of the development in winter 2017.

Greg Norman, whose design firm celebrated the opening of its 100th course in Australia earlier this year, has created a preliminary routing for Rancho San Lucas that features seven holes set in rolling dunes near the sea, ocean views from 17 holes and an island-style green.

Rancho San Lucas

Artist rendering of Solmar’s Rancho San Lucas development, set on the Pacific Coast north of Cabo San Lucas.

“Known for employing a ‘least-disturbance’ approach with his projects, a Greg Norman-designed course was a natural fit for Rancho San Lucas, a development devoted to conserving the true nature of its environment,” said Claudia Velo, Director of Marketing for Rancho San Lucas. “This partnership with Greg Norman solidifies Rancho San Lucas’ commitment to create a unique, quality product deeply rooted in the love for the land,” she added.

According to Brad Wheatley, Director of Golf Operations, the 7,263-yard, par-72 course will be carved into gently sloping terrain creased by deep arroyos and canyons. “It’s a gorgeous piece of property with beautiful cardon cactus and palo blanco trees,” Wheatley said.

During a recent design visit, Norman discussed numerous course improvements, including re-vegetation plans to conserve endemic flora and fauna and enhance the landscape’s natural features. “What a magnificent piece of Mother Nature I have to work with,” Norman said after his site tour. It (Rancho San Lucas) will be one incredible golf course within a truly unique development.” The course is expected to open by late 2017.

Rancho San Lucas

Situated along a 1.2-mile stretch of white sand beachfront backed by a thick desert forest, the community will be home to the destination’s second Grand Solmar property. Occupying a rustic, rural setting, Grand Solmar Rancho San Lucas Hotel & Resort, featuring a Mexican-Spanish architectural style, will offer a harmonious balance of modern luxury, natural beauty and environmental sensitivity.  A winter 2017 opening is planned for the 600-room hotel.

The residential offer at Rancho San Lucas includes two different real estate opportunities: The Estates and The Villas. The Estates, the community’s most exclusive address, has 32 single-level estate homes and 36 luxury condos. The Villas, located on the development’s highest vantage point, features 134 homes and spectacular views.

The resort community at Rancho San Lucas will include a Mexican-style shopping village with dining and entertainment options; a community park with a lake and amphitheater; a tennis center; and hiking and biking trails, among other amenities.

 

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Boom Times in Los Cabos

Construction projects are booming throughout Los Cabos, from the Pacific Coast north of Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Los Cabos, the luxury development located just outside San Jose del Cabo. Even the East Cape – a 70 mile stretch of coastline known for its pristine beaches and off-the-grid communities – is not immune, with at least two new high-profile projects in the offing.

One need only drive the 20-mile tourist corridor which connects cape cities San Lucas and San Jose to see the incredible changes that are underway. Enormous building sites teeming with workers rise up every few miles, while the intervening highway lanes are littered with orange cones – for rerouting, and also for the additional entrances and exits needed to accommodate the ambitious new resorts that are transforming the coastline.

Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons, Nobu, Hard Rock, VieVage, Montage, Solaz and Le Blanc are among the many brands moving into Los Cabos, pushing maximum hotel capacity from 14,000 to 18,000 rooms in the space of a few short years (2015 – 2018). That’s an increase of about 22%; a massive leap. And of course resorts in Los Cabos promise an impressive array of amenities, which means more new golf courses. Already home to 14 impressive courses, including three of the world’s 100 best loops (per Golf Digest), new Los Cabos layouts are on the way from major champions Fred Couples and Greg Norman, among others.

Boom times in Los Cabos

Construction continues at VieVage Los Cabos, a new resort and residential development at Chileno Bay.

Whether this meteoric growth is sustainable or not is a very good question. There are many reasons to believe it is:  steadily rising tourism rates in Mexico, increased numbers of flights and tourists to Los Cabos, and beefed up infrastructure most prominent among them.

Los Cabos saw a 14.7% rise in tourism in 2015, and Mexico as a whole has seen a similar jump in 2016. Flights to Los Cabos were up significantly in 2015, and more gains are expected as carriers take advantage of new liberalized aviation agreements between the U.S. and Mexico. Southwest Airlines, in particular, has ramped up flights to Los Cabos from destinations around the U.S., and is currently seeking permission to expand its Mexican service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). A new toll road from the Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) to Cabo San Lucas has helped alleviate some of the traffic congestion in an area that is now home to almost 300,000 people.

But it is debatable how much these new developments help local merchants, who have suffered in the wake of the new trend towards all-inclusive resorts. One good storm or incidence of cartel related violence could set the area back substantially, and it still remains to see how a desert area with a limited water supply is going to cope with rapidly rising demands. Yes, desalinization is a requirement for new properties, but desalinization brings its own problems, including harmful impacts on local fish populations. You know, the reason tourists came here in the first place.

What’s not debatable is the remarkable comeback from the situation some 18 months ago, when the vast majority of hotels were still struggling to recover from Hurricane Odile, the category 4 storm that devastated the area during the evening and early morning hours of September 14 – 15, 2014. The storm, with sustained winds of up to 165 miles an hour, knocked out running water, not to mention phone and internet service, pretty much everywhere south of La Paz (530 transmission towers, 1350 transformers, and nearly 8000 telephone poles were put out of commission).

Boom times in Los Cabos

Billionaire Dennis Washington’s $150 million dollar yacht Attessa IV is often docked in Cabo San Lucas, and has become something of a symbol for the growth of the Land’s End city. Photo courtesy of Michael Kull.

Every place is engaged in a constant state of flux. The granite monuments at Land’s End may have been holding steady for 30 million years, but everything else in Cabo San Lucas seems to have been shifting and changing at a rapid rate, especially during the last 50 years.

In 1960 the community consisted of about 300 people,  and the center of commerce was a tuna cannery.  By 1970 several landmark hotels had been built, from tourist corridor based properties like Hotel Las Cruces Palmilla and Hotel Cabo San Lucas to the Hotel Hacienda on Medano Beach. The Transpeninsular Highway opened in 1973, the year dredging began on the Cabo San Lucas Marina. Baja California Sur became the 31st and final state of Mexico in 1974, and Don Luis Bulnes opened Hotel Solmar a few hundred yards from the cannery he had once managed. By 1990, the population of Cabo San Lucas numbered 16,059. Twenty years later it had grown to 68,464.

Hurricanes and other disasters arrived at intervals, as if to illustrate the inherent unpredictability of historical processes. There was even a tornado in the early 1970s, the first and hopefully the last.

CSL Plaza 1947

Construction booms are nothing new in Cabo San Lucas: this picture shows the building of the town square in 1947. Photo courtesy of Museo de Historia Natural de Cabo San Lucas.

I thought about change often after Hurricane Odile, when many of my favorite neighborhood hangouts in Cabo San Lucas were closing. Live in a place long enough and there is a history associated with every person and place you know. Walk by a certain storefront and the last three or six or nine businesses to inhabit the space spring immediately to mind, as well as the ways in which your life was different when each one was open. The change is constant and unstoppable. New businesses open. New people arrive. Old bars and restaurants fade away. Old friends die.

The influx of new hotels and resorts is just the latest manifestation of an age old cycle, one that has been going on since the first inhabitants, the Pericues, arrived on rafts from Melanesia some 10,000 years ago.  The whole place started going downhill, as far as the Pericues were concerned, when Hernan Cortes showed up in La Paz in 1535 seeking pearls and precious treasure; and escalated around 200 years later, when Jesuit missionaries began urging the men to foreswear their polygamous lifestyle. They beheaded Nicolas Tamaral, founder of the mission in San Jose, for that reason in 1734. But their rebellion didn’t staunch the onrush of change. The Pericues were culturally extinct a little over 30 years later.

And so it goes…into the present time, as people bemoan the developments encroaching upon Playas Chileno and Santa Maria, and the new luxury properties popping up like pimples on the East Cape, fouling its immaculate complexion.

Boom times in Los Cabos.

Beachgoers confront the new Montage Los Cabos development at Santa Maria Beach.

That the current massive growth spurt is causing consternation to many residents and long-time visitors is thus entirely predictable. Almost everyone who falls in love with a place wants it to stay just the way it is; if it were in their power, they would ban all progress from that point forward.

Who knows that during the first half of the 19th century Cipriano Ceseña, reportedly the first person to build a permanent dwelling in Cabo San Lucas proper, didn’t wince when he saw others moving in and think “there goes the neighborhood. “

Seen from that perspective, the Land’s End community has only been going steadily to hell for about 185 years.

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotels and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.  For  more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

 

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Fred Couples to Design Twin Dolphin Golf Club in Los Cabos

Ohana Real Estate Investors, LLC (Ohana) announces plans for a Fred Couples Signature Golf Course and Twin Dolphin Golf Club within its development in Los Cabos, Mexico. The 18-hole course will feature views of the Sea of Cortez from its perched location within Ohana’s 1,400-acre master planned community on the Golden Corridor between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, which also contains the private residential community Maravilla Los Cabos and the upcoming five-star resort and residences Montage Los Cabos. The community is located on the site of the former iconic Hotel Twin Dolphin, and the golf club name will pay homage to that rich history.

The course will be available to residential owners at Maravilla Los Cabos, Montage Los Cabos, and future residential areas within the master plan. “We are excited to announce our plans for golf and our partnership with Fred Couples,” said Neil Johnson of Ohana. “Golf will complement the existing offering for our residential owners, which includes onsite access to two year-round swimmable beaches, a variety of amenities for all ages, and effortless ownership services at both Maravilla and Montage.”

Fred Couples to Design Twin Dolphin Golf Club in Los Cabos

The new Fred Couples designed Twin Dolphin Golf Club will be set near the scenic shores of Santa Maria Bay in the corridor that connects cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.

Design and development of the course, which will be the first Fred Couples Signature Golf Course in Los Cabos, has begun with a target opening date in 2018. Couples will work with Todd Eckenrode of Origins Golf Design, the architect of record. “Our aim is to build a world-class course that is unparalleled in Cabo with regard to conservation,” said Alex Hill of Ohana. “The course will utilize a state-of-the-art reverse osmosis desalination plant being built to serve the entire master plan, and we are working with the design team to implement native landscaping and other design elements that will support our conservation efforts.”

About Ohana Real Estate Investors
Ohana Real Estate Investors is an investment, development, and management group focused on hotels and serviced residential communities. The portfolio currently includes Montage Beverly Hills, Montage Deer Valley, Montage Los Cabos, and Maravilla Los Cabos, as well as undeveloped properties in Kauai, HI and Healdsburg, CA. For more information, please visitwww.ohanare.com.

 

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Esperanza, An Auberge Resort Unveils New Floating Lounge, Margarita Butlers

New Floating Lounge Brings Award-Winning Resort’s Experience to the Sea; New Margarita Butler, Themed Culinary Nights and More for Guests to Enjoy the Best of Coastal Baja Cuisine

CABO SAN LUCAS – Esperanza, An Auberge Resort, the award-winning Relais & Châteaux  property overlooking the Sea of Cortez in Cabo San Lucas, today unveiled new, invigorating culinary experiences for guests to enjoy the best of coastal Baja cuisine, including a new at-sea experience. Esperanza’s new Floating Lounge offers a dynamic event and entertainment space on the ocean for intimate gatherings complete with a DJ, dedicated cocktail and appetizer menu and watersport activities, while the resort’s new Culinary Corner, located at the resort’s casual poolside Mexican restaurant La Palapa, offers an engaging lineup of ongoing themed dining nights, including Baja Pasta Night and Mexicanismo. Esperanza also offers guests the opportunity to discover the best local spirits through its extensive beverage program that includes new craft beer tastings, vintner’s dinners and a fun way to sip and relax poolside with the help of a new margarita butler.

“We are excited to expand our culinary program and offer guests new ways to experience all of the fresh produce and flavors of Baja,” said General Manager Marc Rodriguez. “With our new floating lounge, specialty dining nights and craft beer tastings, guests can enjoy the bounty of the destination in breathtaking settings.”

Esperanza, An Auberge Resort

Cocina del Mar is the signature restaurant at Esperanza, An Auberge Resort.

New culinary experiences include:

  • Floating Lounge: Esperanza’s new Floating Lounge provides an ideal “scene at sea” setting for intimate gatherings and events on the Sea of Cortez. The exclusive at-sea experience for up to 25 people comes complete with private butler service, appetizer and cocktail menu, live DJ, and water activities, including stand up paddle boarding, parasailing, wave runners and snorkeling. Priced at $1,500 for three hours including décor; activities, food and beverage at additional cost.
  • Culinary Corner: Esperanza’s casual Mexican dining restaurant, La Palapa showcases rotating culinary concepts nearly every day of the week. New themed nights include:

o   Burger Day (Mondays): features guests’ choice of Black Angus, yellow fin tuna and vegan lentil-quinoa burger

o   Wok & Roll (Tuesdays): features a very hot Asian wok mixed with the best of Cabo’s organic food prepared fajita style along with a sushi station

o   Grill Out! (Wednesdays): offers guests traditional steaks, spicy chili rubbed brochette or fresh local fish paired with the perfect wine varietals

o   Mexicanismo (Thursdays): the resort’s beloved signature authentic fiesta continues, highlighting foods from various regions of Mexico with live music and a dazzling fireworks display while local vendors sell souvenirs, jewelry and other crafts at the outdoor marketplace

o   Fish Market (Fridays): allows guests to select fresh catch which chef will recommend a Baja-style preparation

o   Baja Pasta Night (Saturdays): offers fresh handmade pastas combined with local seafood for a decadent new presentation for guests to enjoy coastal fare.

 

  • Spirits Programming:

o   Margarita Butler – For guests renting poolside cabanas (full or half day), Esperanza offers a dedicated margarita butler who will demonstrate how to make refreshing cocktails choosing from a selection of six flavors including Tamarind-Lime “mezcalita,” ginger-grapefruit, mango-jalapeño and hibiscus-rosemary that guests can pair with salt or chili powder to rim the glass. Poolside amenities will be on hand including sunscreen, Evian mist spray and fresh towels, along with crudités, for a relaxing day of lounging. The margarita butler service is included in the cabana rental fee; each cabana guest receives two complimentary margaritas.

o   Baja Craft Beer Tasting – Esperanza’s tequila and beer expert highlights the best local brews with craft beer tastings at Pesca Ceviche Bar. The experience pairs four artisanal beers from Mexico with an appetizer such as pilsner beer paired with duck-breast crispy tostada, porter beer with Baja shrimp tacos or red lager beer with fish battered tacos. The tasting is $45USD per person and is available from 12-4 p.m.

o   Vintners’ Dinners – During the month of May, Esperanza plans to showcase the great wines of Chihuahua, Mexico through dedicated dinners with Encinillas Winery. The five-course dinners with pairings are available for two nights, May 26-28, and feature Encinillas’s wine maker in residence for $99 per person. Additional Vintners’ Dinners are to be announced.

  • Taste of Cabo: Esperanza’s annual gourmet food and wine festival is back for a weekend of epicurean adventures, June 9-12, 2016, showcasing the best of coastal Baja cuisine interpreted by the resort’s newly appointed Executive Chef Guillermo Gomez. Chef Gomez will be joined by two guest chefs and brothers Kent and Kevin Rathbun, who both appeared on the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America.” Chef Kent Rathbun is the owner and head chef of restaurants Abacusand Jasper’s with locations throughout Texas, and Chef Kevin Rathbun is renowned for Atlanta-based restaurants KR SteakBarKrog Bar and Kevin Rathbun Steak. The decadent epicurean weekend includes live cooking demonstrations, fine wine, tequila tastings and cocktails under the stars, a barbeque pool party, a five-course gala dinner and more. Packages are available, starting at $3,705 for the weekend.

Esperanza encompasses a 57-room resort, 60 privately owned villas, 36 private residences, a full-service spa and several signature dining outlets, located on the bluffs overlooking two private coves at Punta Ballena near Cabo San Lucas. The resort recently unveiled a comprehensive revitalization that featured completely transformed guest rooms, a revitalized Cocina del Mar restaurant and Lounge Bar, new Pesca ceviche bar, enhanced pool and terrace with new cozy lounge spaces and cabanas and refreshed spa and public spaces. For reservations or more information, please call toll-free 866-311-2226 or visitesperanza.aubergeresorts.com. Follow Esperanza on Facebook at facebook.com/EsperanzaResort and on Twitter at@EsperanzaResort.

About Auberge Resorts Collection

Auberge Resorts Collection owns and operates a portfolio of exceptional hotels, resorts, residences and private clubs under two distinct brands: Auberge Hotels and Resorts, timeless luxury properties acclaimed for their intimate, understated elegance, and VieVage Hotels and Resorts, a new lifestyle brand that brings together contemporary themes of design, community and wellness in a fresh, active and social environment. While Auberge nurtures the individuality of each property, all share a crafted approach to luxury that is expressed through captivating design, exceptional cuisine and spas, and gracious yet unobtrusive service. Properties in the Auberge Resorts Collection include: Auberge du Soleil and Calistoga Ranch, Napa Valley, Calif.; Esperanza, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Hotel Jerome, Aspen, Colo.; Malliouhana, Anguilla; Nanuku, Fiji; The Auberge Residences at Element 52, Telluride, Colo.; Hacienda AltaGracia, Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica; VieVage, Napa Valley; VieVage, Los Cabos; and Auberge Beach Residences and Spa Fort Lauderdale, with several others in development. For more information about Auberge Resorts Collection, please visit https://aubergeresorts.com/. Follow Auberge Resorts Collection on Facebook at facebook.com/AubergeResorts and on Twitter at @AubergeResorts.

 

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Kids Stay Free at Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts and Spas

All-inclusive program welcomes young travelers to stay and eat complimentary

Los Cabos, Mexico (May 4, 2016) – With traveling families in mind, Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts are offering a new opportunity that affords excellent value for parents traveling with younger children.

The “Kids Stay & Eat Free” program allows parents to bring up to two children, ages 11 and under, to enjoy an unforgettable, all-inclusive vacation at Pueblo Bonito Resorts in Los Cabos and Mazatlán, Mexico.

Sunset Beach Resort & Spa in Cabo San Lucas’ Quivira community features spacious, ocean-view suites designed expressly for families. Suites are beautifully appointed with marble baths, cedar woodwork, feather-top beds and regional art. A spacious balcony or patio opens to sweeping ocean views. Kitchenettes, high-speed internet access, satellite TV, climate control and purified water are standard in all Sunset Beach resort accommodations.

As a full-service retreat, Sunset Beach offers unlimited access to a private beach, six swimming pools and life-enriching activities ranging from Spanish language primers and aqua aerobics to cooking classes and dance lessons. The Sunset Beach Kids Club welcomes the resort’s youngest guests to enjoy fun-filled days, with arts and crafts, board games, pool games and movies available.

Kids Stay Free at Pueblo Bonito

The new Teens Club at Sunset Beach gives older kids their own dedicated space at the resort to relax and enjoy a myriad array of attractions and activities with their own peers.

In addition, Sunset Beach recently opened several new restaurants that have greatly expanded the range of dining choices available to resort guests. Two of them are especially appealing to children. La Taqueria is a casual taco-themed eatery with an open-display kitchen and outdoor seating that offers an enticing range of authentic Mexican tacos, made with choice of beef, lamb, pork and seafood (vegetarian tacos are also available).

At Burger Fest, another Sunset Beach newcomer, guests of all ages can savor creative versions of this All-American classic, with nine distinctive burgers and appealing side dishes on the menu. In addition to ground Angus beef burgers, pork, grouper, shrimp and vegetarian options are available at Burger Fest.

Pueblo Bonito Rosé Resort & Spa and Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos, both located on famed El Médano beach, offer families a vacation right in the middle of all the Cabo action. Families are also welcome at Montecristo Estates Luxury Villas, an exclusive resort community within Quivira Los Cabos that offers richly furnished, multi-bedroom accommodations with a private infinity pool, maid and butler service, and other premier amenities. In Mazatlán, the elegant jewel Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa overlooks the Pacific Ocean and a private beach, while the charming Pueblo Bonito Mazatlán is located in the famous Golden Zone.

The “Kids Stay & Eat Free” package, available for stays at any of these Pueblo Bonito Resorts until Dec. 23, 2016, offers discounts of up to 60 percent off the regular rates during this time period. The Kids promo (2KIDSFREE) must be booked at pueblobonito.com/2-kids-free-mayby May 30, 2016.

 

About Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts and Spas

Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts and Spas has eight award-winning resorts in two destinations, Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlán, all offering luxury all-inclusive options. Each of the properties has its own personality, design and ambiance, yet all share the same high level of impeccable quality and distinguished atmosphere. In Cabo San Lucas, the adults-only Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort is the ideal setting for a romantic getaway, while Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort, with its large, all ocean-view suites, is perfect for families.  Pueblo Bonito Rosé Resort & Spa and Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos, both located on El Médano beach, have the best to offer vacationers looking to be right in the middle of all the Cabo action. In Mazatlán, the elegant jewel Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa overlooks the Pacific Ocean and a private beach, while the charming Pueblo Bonito Mazatlán is located in the famous Golden Zone. Both resorts are great for family vacations and romantic getaways. For more information visit www.pueblobonito.com, find us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/pueblobonitoresort and follow us on Twitter @PuebloBonito.


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 is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotels and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.  For  more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

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