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Grand Velas Luxury All-Inclusive Opens in Los Cabos

Grand Velas Los Cabos officially opened its doors on December 20 with special wine features, commitment to the arts, dramatic ocean views, hard to top wellness suites, and more.

After a soft opening in November, Grand Velas Los Cabos officially opened its doors on December 20. The $150 million resort on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula is the fifth property of Velas Resorts with over 20 years of tradition in hospitality. The beachfront property has enhanced signature facilities and services of Grand Velas resorts including duplex wellness suites with juice bars, wine-based features inspired by the proximity to the region producing Mexico’s fine wines, and dramatic ocean views and unique spaces infusing every area of the resort. A gallery of contemporary art opening soon continues the company’s commitment to bringing the art, fashion and culture of Mexico to guests. Grand Velas Los Cabos offers the next generation of all-inclusive amenities and facilities including a selection of gourmet specialty restaurants led by top chefs, including two star Michelin chef Sidney Schutte; oversize designer suites, some with plunge pools; a Leading Spa of the World; staff ratio of 3 to 1; exceptional meeting facilities, and a commitment to the environment.

Located between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, Grand Velas Los Cabos features 304 ocean view suites, all over 1,180 sq. ft. with private terraces and some with personal plunge pools. In addition, five gourmet restaurants with an extensive beverage and wine program; a 16,370 sq. ft. convention center with the capability for 20 breakout rooms; 35,000 sq. ft. spa with 16 treatment rooms and a leading hydrotherapy facility; three pools; and pool and beach concierges are available. Rounding out the list of amenities and services are a Life Fitness Center with personal trainers, exercise programs, yoga, Pilates and meditation; recreational activities program; separate teens’ and kids’ club facilities and activities program; 24-hour personalized butler concierge service; and 24-hour insuite service. The curved, half-moon design of the hotel catches eyes with an iconic grand entrance that’s open air, three stories high and over 300 ft. above sea level. All of this beachfront, just 35 minutes from the Los Cabos International Airport which directly services over 40 destinations in the United States, Canada and Latin America.

Rates start at $750 per person per night in double occupancy. The all-inclusive rate includes luxury suite accommodations, a la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, fitness center, nightly entertainment and more.

Grand Velas Luxury All-Inclusive Opens in Los Cabos

Gourmet Culinary Program

Grand Velas Los Cabos’ variety of gourmet restaurants and foodie experiences allow guests to explore and savor a worldly fusion of flavors without leaving the comfort of the resort. Food, creativity and presentation comparable to that of top restaurants in world capitals is served in five fine-dining restaurants, including the resort’s signature restaurant, Cocina de Autor, which is helmed by two star Michelin chef Sidney Schutte. Other on-property fine dining options include Frida, offering Mexican fine dining; Piaf, which serves gourmet French specialties; and Lucca, with a menu of traditional Italian cuisine. For guests seeking a casual dining experience, the all-day dining restaurant Azul offers panoramic beach vistas and a relaxing, open-air, yet air-conditioned, environment in which to indulge in international cuisine. Amat Café serves up coffee specialties, Velas 10 prepares seafood and steak and Cabrilla focuses on fresh ceviche. 24-hour In-Suite Dining is also offered.

Offering innovative libations and sensory ambiances for every mood, the resort features four diverse bars: Sky Bar, Miramar Bar, the bar at Cocina de Autor, and Koi. Highlights of the casually elegant space at Koi include a dramatic marble bar, state of the art sound and video equipment and comfortable seating groups. A DJ will spin the latest hits for guests’ listening and dancing pleasure with a dedicated dance floor.

All restaurants and bars are designed to take full advantage of the stunning views and have indoor and open air seating.

Renowned for the best Mexican wines, Baja California furthers its appeal for wine aficionados at Grand Velas Los Cabos.

Bringing a wealth of knowledge from decades of experience across many continents, Master Sommelier Don Pedro Poncelis Brambila is responsible for developing the wine list comprised of 50 included wines of sparkling, white, rose and red from the best regions of several grape varieties in addition to a supplemental list of over 200 wines of the world from the very best and most prestigious domaines. Furthermore, he will implement various wine offerings for resort guests, such as food & wine pairings, wine tastings and even a wine lovers over the top getaway for millionaires.

Unique dining events, foodie experiences, premium liquor brands, and custom cocktails in innovative ways are also planned for the resort.

Designer Suites

Stylish suites vary in size from 1,180 to 3,412 sq. ft., while all feature ocean views and a private terrace with sitting area, separate living area with sofa, king or two queen beds, expansive bathroom with Jacuzzi and built-in shower. Daily turndown, personal concierge service, daily stocked premium mini-bar with refreshments and snacks, red and white wine from Ensenada, Nespresso Coffee Maker, high definition flat screen with digital cable TV, L’Occitane bath amenities, goose down pillows and comforters, and a pillow menu are also available insuite. A private plunge pool also greets guests in Grand Class Suites, the multi-bedroom Presidential and Governor Suites, and the Imperial Suite – opening February 2017.

All six two-level Wellness Suites are double height with lofted ceilings and feature a plethora of fitness and wellness amenities, such as Life Fitness recline bike, spa concierge, Vitamin C sprinkler, crudité minibar, aromatherapy kit, in-suite massage and more. All Wellness Suites face the spa with the second level being exclusive for the fitness amenities, inclusive of a juice bar with a wide selection of juices and healthy beverages.

Signature Spa

The two-level, 35,000 sq. ft. Spa at Grand Velas Los Cabos has 16 treatment rooms, some with a water view. Guests enjoy authentic and innovative treatments using the latest technology and products of the Earth, traditional in the Mexican culture. Signature treatments center around the Blue Agave plant native to Mexico and its pre-Columbian ancestral healing benefits.

Included in any treatment of 50 minutes or more, a seven step water journey features a eucalyptus-scented steam room with chromotherapy, polar pool, aromatherapy sensory shower, sauna, Jacuzzi and multi-sensory pool. The central pool features several hydro elements such as powerful massaging faucets for neck and back and bubble beds, carved-stone chaises with jets set just underneath the surface of the water on which guests recline. A spa valet provides personalized direction to make sure guests get the most out of the truly relaxing hydrotherapy experience — such as how to alternate the various hot and cold rooms and pools, and how long to linger in them. Upon completion of the journey, guests recline on heated loungers with warm neck pillows, cool scented towels and cucumbers on the eyes to ensure the body is fully relaxed for a treatment.

The ‘Spa Atelier’ is a unique concept which further complements the treatments and philosophy of the spa via a series of specifically designed educational workshops for guests to participate in. Tailored to aid a variety of ailments and needs, these custom-made workshops are inspired by local Mexican culture and based upon the principles of ancient Ayurvedic medicine. With a selection of interesting and informative courses on skincare, nutrition, aromatherapy, water and tea rituals, there is something suitable for all guests, including couples and little ones.

A men’s barber shop complements beauty salon services for women and haircuts for babies. Massages, body treatments and facials for kids and teens are offered insuite. Pre-wedding services and treatments are available for brides, grooms and their wedding parties.

Contemporary Mexican Design

Ricardo Elias, principal of Elias and Elias Architects in Guadalajara, who designed the highly acclaimed Grand Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit, returned once again to Grand Velas as the architectural designer for the Los Cabos location. Created to exist harmoniously within the rugged topography of its environment, the resort is an oasis in the middle of the contrasting landscapes of the area made up of beautiful beaches, boulders, desert and deep blue sea. The overall color of the hotel, which is in tones similar to the boulders and sands of the destination, was chosen to reduce the dazzle that the strong desert sun produces on light buildings and integrate it into the character of Los Cabos.

Contemporary Mexican with touches inspired by traditional Mexican architecture, a signature of Grand Velas Resorts, the interiors, furnishings and decoration of the various restaurants and public areas of the hotel were commissioned to various interior design firms and integrated into the architectural project of the hotel. Niz + Chauvet Arquitectos is responsible for the design at Azul Restaurant while Ezequiel Farca did Lucca and Frida restaurants. Ernesto Vela led the interior design for the Ambassador, Grand Class, Presidential and Imperial Suites in addition to Cocina de Autor restaurant and bar, Velas 10 and KOI bar. The interior design for the resort’s duplex Wellness Suites and multi-bedroom Governor Suites as well as Piaf restaurant was done by Cassal Diseño (Larissa Garcia Stiles). The interior design of the Spa, the public areas of the Hotel as well as the Teens Club and Kids Club was made by Melin Castro Design.

Meetings and Events

The Convention Center at Grand Velas Los Cabos offers 16,370 sq. ft. of flexible event space, with the capacity to hold up to 1,700 attendees. With two large ballrooms, the greater being over 10,700 sq. ft., the space can be conveniently divided into 20 breakout rooms. An oceanfront terrace offers space for up to 600. The resort features a dedicated area for events, the only at a hotel in the destination, for everyone from family groups and weddings to private dinners.

“Our convention center is undoubtedly one of the largest and most functional of the area that will accommodate a wide variety of top national and international meetings and conventions,” said Eduardo Vela Ruiz, owner, founder and president of Velas Resorts.

In addition to customizable meeting space, the resort offers top-of-the-line audio-visual equipment, technical support, secretarial and translation services, and a fully-equipped business center. With its convenient location to the airport, special pre- and- post -group rates, and easy access to an abundance of local activities, Grand Velas is a perfect destination for a meeting and a vacation all in one. The resort’s expert meetings and events team is dedicated to deliver accessible, well-equipped and exceptional meetings and events tailored to every guest need.

Leisure Activities

A leisurely day at the resort is effortless with a sun-soaked afternoon walking miles of uninterrupted beach or lounging at one of the resort’s tiered three pools. All are infinity pools providing maximum views of the Sea of Cortes and its famed whale watching. Grand Velas also offers a collection of workout programs such as yoga and Pilates.

For families travelling with children, Grand Velas’ Kids’ Club offers a safe, fun and creative environment to explore interactive activities such as soccer, treasure hunting and cooking classes. The resort’s Teens’ Club is a contemporary space where teens from 13-18 years old can enjoy their own mini vacation. The Teens’ Club features an extensive game room complete with an X-Box Kinect, pool table, air hockey, ping pong, foosball, karaoke set with vintage dance floor and more. A kids’ pool with splash pad and playground are also available.

Eco-Friendly Hospitality Practices

Grand Velas Los Cabos has been meticulously designed to exist harmoniously within its fragile environment. To create the site for the resort, several hundred trees and cacti that only grow a centimeter a year were dug up and transplanted so all are used, protecting the native flora and fauna of the region. Eliminating the need to rely upon local and regional natural resources, Grand Velas Los Cabos’ Reverse-Osmosis Desalting Plants operate self-sufficiently. For every liter of potable water, the resort is able to re-use 2.54 cups for general purposes, while 1.69 cups are returned to the subsoil, aiding in the conservation of the environment. Saving 30% of all water used in the entire laundry process, the laundry facilities include a water treatment plant that efficiently filters soapy waters to then be used in the rinsing process. The residual water treatment facility receives and processes all the water from the entire resort, which is then used for the watering of all exterior gardens and surrounding mangroves and jungle.

Rates start at $750 per person per night in double occupancy. The all-inclusive rate includes luxury suite accommodations, a la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, fitness center, nightly entertainment and more. For more reservations or more information on Grand Velas Los Cabos, please call 1-888-407-4869 or visit http://loscabos.grandvelas.com/.

 

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New Oasis Short Course by Tiger Woods Debuts at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas

Versatile 12-Hole, Par-3 Layout Designed for Fun and Enjoyment

Diamante, a 1,500-acre private resort that fronts the Pacific Ocean in Cabo San Lucas, has debuted The Oasis Short Course, a brilliantly conceived 12-hole layout designed by superstar Tiger Woods and TGR Design.

Two years after he unveiled El Cardonal, a playable yet challenging 7,363-yard layout with an “Old California” design motif that marked his architectural debut, Woods, alongside baseball legend Roger Clemens, played the inaugural round on The Oasis Short Course. The versatile design features 12 enticing par 3’s ranging from 41 to 143 yards. The course can also play as a three-hole course featuring a 374-yard par 4, a 143-yard par 3 and a 540-yard par 5. Each layout can be played in about an hour.

New Oasis Short Course by Tiger Woods’s Debuts at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas

Tiger Woods was on hand for the debut of his new Oasis short course at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas.

The Oasis Short Course occupies the site of the former 12th and 13th holes on the Dunes Course, the club’s internationally-ranked course by Davis Love III. These inland holes, routed around an attractive water feature, were an ideal place to build a family-friendly design that will appeal to golfers at all ability levels, from novices to experts.

“I learned how to play on a short par 3 course in Long Beach, Calif.,” Woods said, noting that the military club where his dad was a member required juniors to be 10 years or older. “When I was a kid, a 100-yard hole for me at Heartwell Golf Course was a driver and a 7-iron, so I can relate to the challenges faced by younger players,” he stated. “Building this course really brought me back to my roots.” Woods said his goal was to design “a fun, playable course that brings people together and brings golfers back to the game.”

Noting that there’s only one forced carry on The Oasis Short Course, Woods said a putter can be used from nearly every tee, as he and Clemens demonstrated during their exhibition round. “My favorite courses are links courses where golfers can use the ground as a friend and an ally,” Tiger explained. “Players here can use the slopes and contours to guide the ball to the target.” Woods, like many other golf industry  leaders, believes too many modern courses are too difficult to play.

“People today don’t have the time (for leisure pursuits) that they used to have,” Woods said at the gala party following the round. “We need the ability to play fast and have it be enjoyable.”  

New Oasis Short Course by Tiger Woods’s Debuts at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas

Oasis is open to Diamante members and their guests.

His comments were echoed by Diamante owner Ken Jowdy, who explained that the park-like atmosphere of The Oasis Short Course was conceived as a “green space” for a variety of recreational pursuits, from golf and croquet to beanbag and Frisbee tossing.

“Golf is all about rules and formality, but our new layout is all about having fun,” Jowdy said. “The informal tee boxes and built-in flexibility of the course enable players to play as many holes as they wish. They can also convert a couple of the par 3’s to longer holes. It’s an exciting venue. We’re very pleased with it. We envision lots of afternoon play from golfers following their rounds on the Dunes Course and El Cardonal. We also expect family outings, from mothers and daughters to fathers and sons.”

Jowdy said a nominal fee for a week’s access to The Oasis Short Course will be established for Diamante members and their guests. He added that free club rentals are available to men, women and juniors.

Unlike the Dunes Course and El Cardonal, which are surfaced in paspalum, fast-running Bermudagrass was used to surface The Oasis Short Course from tee to green. “The new short course is a preview of The Oasis Course, a lushly landscaped 18-hole design by Tiger Woods and TGR Design that’s now in the planning stages,” Jowdy stated.    

The Oasis Short Course at Diamante is the 15th course to open in Los Cabos, which has been named the ‘Latin America & Caribbean Golf Destination of the Year’ for 2017 by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) in recognition of its exceptional golf courses and unique mountain-desert-ocean ecosystem.                                         

 

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Los Cabos Wins IAGTO Award as 2017 Latin America & Caribbean Golf Destination of the Year

Prestigious award honors excellence of Mexico’s premier golf getaway

Mallorca, Spain – The International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), a global trade association of the golf tourism industry, has named Los Cabos, Mexico as the ‘Latin America & Caribbean Golf Destination of the Year’ for 2017 in recognition of its exceptional golf courses and unique geographical setting. The announcement of this benchmark accolade was made at a gala awards dinner at the International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) held this year in the city of Palma, Mallorca.

Situated at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, at the place where the Sea of Cortes meets the Pacific Ocean, Los Cabos boasts an extraordinary mountain-desert-ocean environment where the game’s top designers have crafted some of the world’s finest courses.

Set back from the shoreline’s sun-drenched beaches and sparkling waters are more than a dozen exquisite layouts built by luminaries such as Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Greg Norman, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and Tiger Woods. With two courses on GOLF Magazine’s “Top 100 Courses in the World” list and seven of the top 11 courses in Mexico based on Golf Digest’s  “Planet Golf” report, Los Cabos is the undisputed golf capital of Latin America.

Golf Destination of the Year

Ricardo Orozco, Vice President of the Los Cabos Hotel Association, accepts the IAGTO award for Latin American Golf Destination of the Year.

“We are delighted to accept this prestigious award from the world’s leading association of golf travel providers,” said Rodrigo Esponda Cascajares, Managing Director of the Los Cabos Tourism Board. “Dating back to the early 1990s, we have welcomed some of the most spectacular golf facilities in the world. The recent addition of several outstanding newcomers has raised the bar of excellence and taken the Los Cabos golf scene to the next level.” He added that approximately 180,000 rounds of golf played each year in Los Cabos, with visiting golfers generating significant tourism revenues for the destination.

Esteban Toledo, a multiple winner on the PGA Champions Tour, serves as the official golf ambassador for the Los Cabos Tourism Board. “As a touring professional, I’ve been privileged to play all the top courses throughout North America,” said Toledo, a native of Mexicali, Mexico. “For beauty, challenge and variety, the golf courses in Los Cabos are in a class of their own.”

Led by several ‘gran turismo’ 5-star hotels and complemented by some of the best sport fishing and off-course adventures in the world, Los Cabos has in the span of 25 years established itself as a hotspot for avid players in search of an unforgettable golf experience. Only in Los Cabos do rolling, verdant fairways circulate players from rugged desert foothills to the turquoise-blue sea.

Add 340 days of sunshine and cooling sea breezes, and Los Cabos – or Cabo, as everyone calls it – emerges as a flawless getaway unique to itself. As a family-friendly “lifestyle” destination, with activities ranging from whale-watching cruises to desert jeep tours, Cabo has what everyone wants. Great weather. Superb dining. Sumptuous spas. Dawn-to-dusk nightlife. And the friendliest welcome in Mexico. 

IAGTO’s tour operators generate more than 85 percent of the world’s golf vacations. Its nearly 600 members, hailing from 61 different countries, selected the 2017 winners. Judges nominated the best golf destinations based on the different experiences of their customers as well as criteria such as customer satisfaction, quality of golf courses and accommodations, price, professional conduct of suppliers, support of the local tourism industry and accessibility of tee times.

For more information about Los Cabos, visit www.visitloscabos.travel.

 

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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.

 

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