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Top 5 New Hotels and Resorts in Los Cabos

“Every act of creation,” noted artist Pablo Picasso, “is first an act of destruction.” That adage certainly seems true in regards to one of the most remarkable chapters in recent Los Cabos history, as the widespread destruction of Hurricane Odile in 2014 kicked off an unprecedented building boom that three years later continues to transform the coastlines of cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo.

Not only did existing hotels and resorts in the area take advantage of the forced downtime  following the Category-4 storm to organize upgrades and renovations, but larger hospitality brands took advantage of the new growth friendly economic climate to launch their own luxury projects. Between 2014 and 2018 it is estimated that 4000 new hotel rooms will have come online in Los Cabos, pushing capacity from 14,000 to 18,000. That’s a whopping 28% percent increase, but sheer numbers only tell part of the story.

Big-name brands are moving in with a vengeance. Ritz-Carlton and Four seasons are scheduled  to open properties in the region within the next year, the former at Puerto Los Cabos, the latter at La Ribera on the Los Cabos municipality’s spectacular East Cape. Le Blanc and parent company Palace Resorts also plan to open a Los Cabos based resort later this year, following the success of their flagship Mexican property in Cancún. Hard Rock and Nobu are slated to open resorts at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas in 2018.  

Not all the high-profile properties, however, are still under construction. Some of the most spectacular ones have already opened.

Here are five of our favorites (with incredible drone footage from our friends at CaboViVO).

Chileno Bay Resort & Residences

With the exception of its magnificent swimming pools – which stretch successively for over 400 meters, inclining gently downhill towards the Sea of Cortés with the majesty of a Grand Canal – one could almost accuse this newly launched resort of having too much class…of displaying an un-Cabo like disdain for conspicuous consumption. This philosophy of understated rather than ostentatious elegance is perfectly consistent, however, with that of nearby Esperanza, a  luxury property that is also managed by the distinguished Auberge brand. And to be perfectly clear:  the resort and residences offer a world-class experience on every level.

Each of the 60 hotel rooms and 32 multi-bedroom suites enjoy gorgeous vantages of Chileno Bay, at a site not far from that occupied by the original Los Cabo “luxury” resort, Bud Parr’s Hotel Cabo San Lucas. A kids club and game room are among the many family-friendly amenities, adding  to a portfolio that already includes the spectacular pools, a superb 18-hole golf course designed by Tom Fazio, and one of the finest restaurants in Los Cabos. The latter would be COMAL, a Latin American themed eatery helmed by Yvan Mucharraz, who made his reputation locally as the Executive Chef at The Resort at Pedregal. Stunning views and delicious food and drinks headline the offerings at Comal, while tacos and tequila reign supreme at beachside bar TnT.

Top 5 New Hotels and Resorts in Los Cabos

Chileno Bay Resort & Residences

Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort & Spa

Everyone knows the first law of real estate – location, location, location – but few have taken advantage of its possibilities quite like Breathless. The new resort opened in December 2015 at the juncture of Médano Beach and the Cabo San Lucas Marina, and has been taking guests’ breath away ever since. One infinity pool looks out at the Sea of Cortés and the Land’s End headland that marks the terminus of the Baja California peninsula; the other overlooks the multimillion dollar luxury yachts in the Marina and the movie star mansions that seem to cling perilously to the Pedregal hillside. The gorgeous views are only part of the allure, however. In addition to its 169 stylishly appointed suites – all boasting private balconies – the luxurious property also showcases an indulgently pampering spa, a superb collection of restaurants, and an onsite party scene that never seems to stop…or even to grow stale. The latter achievement is sustained through unceasing variety, from fashion shows, dance contests and toga parties to karaoke nights, talent contests and bonfire lit beachfront fiestas. Celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s La Biblioteca de Tequila also adds to the party hearty atmosphere at this seaside gem.

Top 5 New Hotels and Resorts

Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort & Spa

Grand Velas Los Cabos Resort

The biggest news since Grand Velas’ grand opening in December 2016 was the announcement that the boutique Tourist Corridor based property now serves the most expensive tacos in the world. Pairing options for the $25,000 tortilla wrapped treats – whose ingredients include caviar, Kobe beef, lobster, black truffle infused brie, and actual gold flake – are in some cases even more exhorbitantly priced.

Remarkably, the onsite restaurant that makes these tacos, Frida, is not the resort’s signature dining establishment. That would be Cocina de Autor, whose modest 17-course pairing menus are overseen by chef Sidney Schutte, winner of two coveted Michelin stars while helming Librije’s Zusje at the Waldorf Astoria in Amsterdam. Even more impressive, perhaps, is the onsite spa, a 35,000 square foot facility so preposterously pampering it would cause a corrupt Roman emperor to blush.

Lest one think, however, that Grand Velas is only affordable to billionaires and blue bloods, we should point out that this newly launched luxury resort is actually an all-inclusive (well, except for the tacos). The strikingly shaped structure, seen in profile, resembles nothing so much as a large cruising yacht, an appropriate touch from a family owned hospitality company whose name in Spanish (Vela) means sail. The unique design also ensures that guests in all 304-suites have panoramic views of the golden sands of El Tule Beach, and beyond that the glittering blue waters of the Sea of Cortés.

Top 5 New Hotels and Resorts

Grand Velas Los Cabos Resort

Cachet Beach Hotel

There are few places in Cabo San Lucas that remind one favorably of Miami Beach, but Cachet Beach Hotel, with its lively atmosphere and whitewashed retro style façade, is certainly one of them. The hotel would not look out of place on Collins Avenue, but also seems perfectly placed on the golden shores of Playa El Médano, the largest and most popular beach in Cabo San Lucas.

Cachet is the butterfly to the moth that once was Cabo Villas Beach Resort. Not only has the property been rebranded, but is slowly being rebuilt in graduated phases. The beach club and boutique beachfront accommodations are already completed, as is the multi-level ALETA Seafood Bar & Grill. ALETA is in the capable hands of Edgar Roman, long-time chef for Grupo Mi Casa, and notable member of the Chefs al Rescate (Chefs to the Rescue) charitable organization. Locals will be very familiar with the chef’s culinary mastery, and also with the beachside dining area, which used to house the second Baja Cantina location.

Much remains to be done, including the temporary relocation of Baja Brewing Company’s beloved rooftop restaurant for the construction of a new tower, but Cachet has already established itself as one of the premier spots on Médano Beach for poolside party action, and drinking, dining and live entertainment.

Top 5 New Hotels and Resorts

Cachet Beach Hotel

The Towers at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica

One of the most intriguing aspects of the recent building boom is its transformative impact on the Pacific Coast, just north of Cabo San Lucas. Diamante, a 1,500 acre resort and residential development, already boasts spectacular golf courses from major champions Davis Love III and Tiger Woods. The former’s Diamante Dunes is currently ranked as the 38th best course in the world by GOLF Magazine, while the latter recently added an Oasis short course to accompany his parkland style El Cardonal loop.  Not content to rest on its substantial laurels, Diamante is also adding lodgings from big-name hospitality brands Nobu and Hard Rock to its portfolio, with both slated to open by 2018.

Nearby Pueblo Bonito Resorts founder Ernesto Coppel Kelly has also been making ambitious moves. The Mazatlán born hotelier’s Quivira development, notable for its stunning Jack Nicklaus designed golf course, is adding a new luxury hotel from St. Regis. The 120-room property will also feature 60 opulent private residences, and is expected to open in 2021. This exciting news comes on the heels of the recent unveiling of a resort-within-a-resort concept at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica, already the most impressive of Pueblo Bonito’s four resorts in Los Cabos. The newly minted Towers at Pacifica showcase breathtaking beachfront Pacific views, of course, but also offer world-class amenities.

Chef Octavio Hernández was lured away from Médano Beach based luxury benchmark Hacienda Beach Club’s signature restaurant to helm Península, The Towers at Pacifica’s ode to regional Baja California Sur cuisine and tropical romance. Guests in the 47 new Towers suites also have access to a VIP lounge and state-of-the-art fitness facilities, as well as tee time privileges at Nicklaus’ cliffside masterpiece, Quivira Golf Club. The presidential suite is posh even by Los Cabos standards, boasting 3,200 square feet of exquisite appointments, and round-the-clock butler service. Those on the ground floor, meanwhile, have their own butlers, plus private plunge pools, lest they have to walk 20 yards to the adults-only property’s nearest infinity pool.

Top 5 New Hotels and Resorts in Los Cabos

The Towers at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica

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Los Cabos to Host Mexico Golf Tourism Convention This Fall

International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) Event Heads to Cabo

The International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) will hold its 2nd Mexico Golf Tourism Convention in Los Cabos this fall. This premier trade event will bring together golf buyers and suppliers in a world-class destination celebrated for its great courses, ideal climate and superb amenities.

IAGTO, which has successfully staged destination conventions in Spain, Ireland, Portugal, Turkey and Tunisia, currently has 636 specialist outbound golf tour operators in 61 countries. Of these, 134 wholesalers in 31 countries feature, promote and sell golf vacations to Mexico. Many of these tour operators are located in the U.S. and Canada, each an important market for Los Cabos.      

Puerto Los Cabos will host a golf day for attendees at the 2017 IAGTO Golf Tourism Convention in Los Cabos. Photo courtesy of Greg Norman Golf Course Design.

Last year’s Mexico Golf Tourism Convention, held in Cancun and Riviera Maya, attracted 40 buyer delegates from 18 different countries. Tour operators met with supplier delegates from across Mexico, from Riviera Maya to Baja California. In addition to tourism board executives and golf resort representatives, suppliers included major hotel chains, rental car agencies and destination marketing companies.

Because of Los Cabos’s prestige as a golf destination, the number of buyer and supplier delegates is expected to increase at this year’s event.

“Los Cabos is honored to have been chosen to host IAGTO’s Mexico Golf Tourism Convention,” said Eduardo Regules Bukantz, Commercial Director of the Los Cabos Tourism Board. “This event will help to highlight why our destination is the ‘Golf Capital of Latin America.’

“Golf is one of the key drivers of tourism to Los Cabos,” Bukantz added. “We are excited to welcome top tour operators so they can see for themselves why their clientele will have a great experience on and off our fantastic golf courses.”

Peter Walton, President and Chief Executive of IAGTO, said, “I had the opportunity to visit Los Cabos for the first time in 2003, and in my opinion it stands out as one of the most spectacular golf destinations on the planet. What is particularly exciting about Los Cabos is that it has continued to evolve, adding new golf courses alongside an ever-improving infrastructure. This is why it is so important for us to showcase Los Cabos to international golf tour operators so that they can see and experience this great golf destination in order to feature, promote and sell it to their golf traveling customers.

“We will be taking around 50 hand-picked golf tour operators to Los Cabos for the 2nd annual Mexico Golf Tourism Convention at the end of October, where they will meet with members of the local golf tourism industry and plan their 2018 golf packages, group promotions and amateur tournaments,” Walton explained. “The MGTC is special in that it focuses not only on the host destination but attracts golf resorts and golf courses from across Mexico, which makes the MGTC an invaluable opportunity for suppliers and operators alike.”

 Walton reported that IAGTO operators last year took 1.9 million golfers to golf destinations around the world, spending over $2.5 billion USD. “I have no doubt that this year’s MGTC is going to have a major impact on the growth of golf travel to Mexico, and we are indebted to the Los Cabos Tourism Board for hosting the event,” he said.

The format of the Mexico Golf Tourism Convention, scheduled for October 29 – November 4, will feature a golf day for buyers (optional for suppliers) at Puerto Los Cabos; a supplier-meets-buyer “speed-dating session;” and opportunities for buyers to meet suppliers during pre-scheduled appointment sessions.

Tour operators who wish to experience Los Cabos golf first-hand can join a 3-night hosted familiarization trip following the convention. Customized itineraries will enable small groups of buyers to play selected courses among the 15 venues currently open in Los Cabos. The post-convention trip will also feature hotel site inspections and off-course attractions. 

 

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New Blue Thai Martini Bar Livens Up Los Cabos Dining, Drinking Scenes

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Always Blue

If you happen to be in Cabo San Lucas, don’t be alarmed by the audible sounds of pleasure emanating from the vicinity of Plaza Bonita. It’s nothing illicit or illegal. No bordello has opened in the commercial triangle between Starbucks, Liverpool and the broad boardwalk promenade that fringes the Marina. No hedonistic group of free love advocates has chosen the plaza’s beautiful interior courtyard as the site of their annual convention.

No, those sounds you hear are from a crowd of long-time locals, exhaling gratefully after the first sip of an expertly shaken (or for purists, stirred) martini, or gasping delightedly as forks filled with pad thai noodles reach long deprived taste buds.

It’s not an orgy…not in the traditional sense…just the grand opening of the eagerly anticipated Blue Thai Martini Bar.

If martinis and Thai food seem like commonplace pleasures hardly worth getting worked up over, welcome to Cabo, where the sophisticated and the hopelessly provincial have always existed in close proximity.

Los Cabos is currently in the midst of the biggest building boom in its history, with a luxurious new crop of resorts filling out the coastline, from the far western shores of Cabo San Lucas to the East Cape that lies beyond the border of San José del Cabo. Some of the world’s most famous brands are moving in, including Nobu, Hard Rock, Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons.

Each brings its own spectacular beachfront accommodations, its own pampering spas, and its own special access to world-class golf courses. That’s the minimum standard to compete with the international collection of luxury brands that are already here.

When it comes to the drinking and dining scene, however, Los Cabos might as well be lost in the dark ages, clinging to the farthest edge of a flat earth. For most of its tourist history, the area claimed little besides a homogenous batch of Mexican restaurants, with some mom and pop operations, some street corner taquerías, and a few marisquerías specializing in the superb local seafood.  

It’s only in the last two decades that local restaurants have embraced a more international flavor, although this “global” outreach resulted mostly in an overabundance of Italian themed bistros and pizzerias, and a roughly equal number of Japanese inspired sushi restaurants. Good luck trying to find a pierogi or a po’ boy sandwich, much less pad thai or a bowl of Vietnamese style pho soup.

The Saturday, July 22 opening of Blue Thai Martini Bar is thus a big step forward towards a more…excuse the expression….cosmopolitan future. Yes, locals and visitors alike will still be able to get their fill of fresh fish tacos and salt-rimmed margaritas, but they’ll at least have the option of something a shade more sophisticated.

New Blue Thai Martini Bar Livens Up Los Cabos Dining, Drinking Scenes

Much of the interest surrounding the grand opening of Blue Thai Martini Bar is based on the fact that it is unquestionably new; not just in the sense of a new bar and restaurant, but a new approach, a new atmosphere, a new style. There simply are no other Thai food restaurants or martini bars in Cabo San Lucas. The two ideas may not be completely original locally – others have dipped their proverbial toes in the water, albeit briefly – but Blue Thai is the first to fuse them together in one overarching concept. It feels fresh and exciting because it is.     

Set in the heart of the downtown nightlife district, Blue Thai reimagines the classic Cabo party experience. Forget tequila shots, tacos and Sammy Hagar songs. Step into a world of colorful contrasts:  where the menu is simple but the flavors never are, where strangers become friends around a communal fire pit, where jokes are told in both English and Spanish, where the ingredients are never cheap but the prices are never expensive, where the cast of characters always seems familiar but the stories never get old, where cold beers are always available but cocktails rule.

Like the old bridal saw – “something old, something new…” – Blue Thai balances the novelty of its concept with a bit of old-school seasoning, thanks to the well-established track record of its partners:  long-time Cabo Blue owners Scott and Amanda Osborne, and local men-about-town Kirk McCormick and Eric Gausepohl. All four are veterans of the local drinking and dining scene; familiar faces to both the U.S. and Canadian expat crowd, as well as the seasonal visitors who return year after year.

This experience shows in their new endeavor. Blue Thai may be minty fresh, but it also showcases some of the signature elements that have made Cabo Blue a perennially popular downtown hangout since it opened in 2011.

Daily specials and live music are the most reliable ingredients in this now time-honored formula. Each day is expected to bring new budget-friendly pleasures at Blue Thai, from Thursday Ladies’ Night staples like 2×1 martinis, to the occasional $1 drink specials and discounted menu items.  Televised sporting events can also be counted on, from UFC action to Monday Night Football; and weekends will bring live music from a host of local performers, ranging from romantic balladeers to rollicking rock n’ rollers.

New Blue Thai Martini Bar Livens Up Los Cabos Dining, Drinking Scenes

As of today, Land’s End residents (however temporary) can sample and savor edamame, wontons, fresh basil rolls, pho soup, pad thai, red curry and masaman curry potatoes…not to mention Cosmopolitans, Lemon Drops, Espresso Martinis, Manhattans and a hundred other creative, icy cold martini style cocktails.

As of today, Blue Thai is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; with delicious daily food and drink specials, and regular live music performances.

As of today, Los Cabos becomes a little bit newer, a little bit bluer, and quite a bit more interesting.

This was a long time coming…but now it’s here.

¡Salud!  

 

Blue Thai Martini Bar is located at Plaza Bonita in downtown Cabo San Lucas. To find out more about this eagerly awaited new drinking and dining spot, call (624)  143-7323, visit bluethaicabo.com, or go to www.facebook.com/BlueThaiCabo/.

 

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The Resort At Pedregal Named Best Resort Hotel In Mexico By Travel + Leisure Readers

The luxury resort in Cabo San Lucas takes the coveted No. 1 spot as the World’s Best Resort Hotel in Mexico, and No. 28 Hotel in the World

The Resort at Pedregal, a AAA Five-Diamond, Forbes Five-Star resort in Cabo San Lucas, has been named Best Resort Hotel, Mexico in the 2017 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards readers’ survey. In addition to achieving this No. 1 place on the World’s Best list with a score of 96.88, the resort was also awarded the No. 28 spot in the 100 Best Hotels in the World ranking. This is the second time the resort has been awarded this prestigious accolade after being named No. 1 in Mexico in 2014. Readers of Travel + Leisure were invited to participate through Travel + Leisure magazine, T+L tablet editions, newsletters, social media, and travelandleisure.com. 

“Every day we wake up with the same mission: to be number one to our guests,” said General Manager Fernando Flores. “To be rewarded for our commitment as the number one resort in Mexico is a crowning achievement for all of us. We will forever shine brighter with this coveted 1st place honor.”

The Resort At Pedregal Named Best Resort Hotel In Mexico By Travel + Leisure Readers

The Resort At Pedregal was named the best resort hotel inn Mexico by the readers of Travel + Leisure.

The majestic Resort at Pedregal offers the sophisticated traveler a number of luxurious accommodations including ocean view guestrooms, beachfront suites, bi-level casitas and hillside villas, each with its own private plunge pool and Personal Concierge. Guests can spend their days indulging in the beachfront boutique’s large main pool, the 12,000-square-foot spa, Luna y Mar, where signature treatments are based on the cycles of the moon, enjoy champagne and mole pairings at the Champagne Terrace, and more. The backdrop is a stunning location nestled on the region’s most coveted parcel of land – an extraordinary, 24-acre site at the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula.

Guests at The Resort at Pedregal will enjoy the incredible natural ambiance of El Farallon, the resort’s award-winning alfresco cliff-side and oceanfront restaurant. Stocked daily with bounty from local fishermen, El Farallon has become a hallmark of exquisite dining. The resort’s sought-after restaurant, Don Manuel´s, is designed in the style of an authentic Mexican hacienda and serves dishes with a focus on local, organic products grown specifically for the restaurant and prepared using old world techniques in a modern setting.

With the new Beyond the Beach: Baja Luxploration program, the resort offers discerning jetsetters the ultimate in curated travel with a variety of new, one-of-a-kind experiences highlighting the magical spontaneity of Baja’s diverse landscape. From swimming with whale sharks and snorkeling with sea lions to surfing coveted breaks, the elite destination has enlisted a roster of naturalists and pro adventurers to check off the boldest of bucket lists. The resort has insider access to naturalists, adventurers, farmers and artisans, who lend their know-how and personal narrative, adding substance and character to each experience. And in the true Resort at Pedregal spirit, itineraries are luxuriously tailored from high-level culinary menus to post-journey pampering.

“Travel + Leisure’s annual World’s Best Awards provide a picture of what the world’s most discerning travelers are finding most satisfying in travel right now. What’s clear to me this year is how much they are drawn to experiences that aren’t just enjoyable but provide something richer—cultural immersion, mental and physical wellbeing, a true sense of adventure,” said Travel + Leisure Editor in Chief Nathan Lump. “It’s not easy to satisfy this group, but the destinations, hotels, and companies that are doing it know that today’s traveler cares about a lot more than creature comforts.”

The 2017 World’s Best Awards lists, as well as survey methodology, are currently featured on www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest and will appear in the August issue of the magazine. For more information visit www.theresortatpedregal.com.

About The Resort at Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
The majestic Resort at Pedregal lies on Cabo San Lucas’ most coveted parcel of land – an extraordinary, 24-acre site at the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. The exclusive haven, accessible only by the private Dos Mares tunnel, is just minutes from bustling downtown Cabo San Lucas, yet seemingly worlds apart. The Resort at Pedregaloffers unprecedented luxury, sophistication and personalized service from a team of Personal Concierges who are available around- the-clock to assist guests with their requests. The property boasts 113 rooms, suites and multi-bedroom residential style villas including the Dos Mares suites, two beachfront villas, Casa Bella Vista, and the presidential villa. The resort also features an award-winning signature spa, Luna y Mar, in addition to a distinctive dining program with culinary offerings including Don Manuel’s, El Farallon, Crudo and Beach Club.

About Travel + Leisure 
Travel + Leisure is the preeminent voice for the sophisticated, insatiable traveler, serving up expert intelligence and the most immersive, inspiring travel lifestyle content anywhere. Travel + Leisure captures the pure joy of discovering the pleasures the world has to offer—from art and design to shopping and style to food and wine. Whether the experience is in print or digital, T+L offers compelling reasons to get up and go. With a total global audience of more than 9 million, the Travel + Leisure portfolio includes the U.S. flagship and five international editions in Mexico, Turkey, China, India/South Asia and Southeast Asia. The U.S. edition of T+L, which launched in 1971, has an authoritative website, TravelandLeisure.com, and an extensive social media following of more than 11 million. Travel + Leisure, a Time Inc. brand, also encompasses newsletters, clubs, retail stores, and media collaborations.

 

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Sea Turtle Season Opens in Los Cabos

Most visitors to Los Cabos know about whale watching season, the period from December through March when gray and humpback whales make their annual migration to breeding grounds off the coast of Baja California. Although its been considerably less publicized, the Capes region also has a sea turtle season, with five of the eight extant sea turtle species nesting on Baja California beaches from July through February. The turtles aren’t nearly as photogenic as the whales, but which is more satisfying: watching a brief but spectacular breaching by a humpback, or participating in a hands-on program to save area sea turtles from extinction?

Los Cabos isn’t the only nesting ground for Olive Ridley and Leatherback turtles, but female sea turtles generally return to the beach where they themselves were born. They’re sentimental that way. These two species represent both ends of the sea turtle spectrum. Olive Ridleys are the smallest sea turtle, and average about 100 pounds at maturity. Leatherbacks, on the other hand are the largest of the sea turtles, and may be up to 70 inches long, and weigh as much as a ton. A bit of trivia: Leatherbacks are the fastest reptiles on earth (in the water, of course), and one of the deepest divers as well, able to submerge to depths of more than 4,000 feet. Olive Ridley females nest in Los Cabos from July through December, Leatherback females from November through February.

Once sea turtles mature, they have very few predators, but the hatching process is fraught with danger. After a two month incubation process, hatchlings claw their way out of the nest and instinctively edge their way towards the sea. Unfortunately, many are eaten by birds and crabs before they reach the water, and those that do often fall prey to ocean predators or fishing nets. Increasing resort development is also a major problem, as the lighting from hotels and housing developments disorients the fledgling sea turtles, and often leads them in the wrong direction.  As such, hatchling nursery programs have become hugely important in improving sea turtle survival rates, and there are several very good ones in Los Cabos.

Leading the charge is the 2000-acre San Cristobal Nature Preserve, which extends over several Pacific-side beaches north of Cabo San Lucas. The nature preserve is run by the non-profit group ASUPMATOMA (Association for the Protection of the Environment and the Marine Turtle in Southern Baja).

Now that nesting season has begun, ASUPMATOMA is offering several programs that allow locals and visitors the opportunity to help protect these magnificent creatures, and the donations required are minimal.

NIGHT PATROL:  July 1 – October 30

Keep the predators at bay, as you spend a night camping and patrolling with local marine biologists. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about sea turtles, and to experience Baja in the wild. All that’s required is a small donation of $25 U.S. per person.

ADOPT A NEST:  July 1 – October 30

Protect an entire family of sea turtles, keep their nest clean, and shepherd them on their most important journey. The photographs and memories will last a lifetime, and ASUPMATOMA also includes an informative kit. This program is available for a donation of $25 U.S. per person.

ADOPT A SEA TURTLE:  September 1 – December 15

Help a sea turtle navigate his or her way to the sea, and in the process receive a certificate with your name and the name of the newest member of your extended family. This life-changing experience is only $20 for adults, $15 for kids 12 and under.

To take part in one of these important programs, contact ASUPMATOMA at asupmatoma.org, visit their Facebook page, or call their office at (624) 143-0269.

 

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New Director of Golf Named at Cabo del Sol

Enhanced golf experience and course improvements also planned at the celebrated 36-hole facility

Los Cabos, Mexico – Erik Evans, a veteran of the Los Cabos golf scene, has been named Director of Golf at Cabo del Sol, the landmark 36-hole facility renowned for its Ocean Course (Jack Nicklaus) and Desert Course (Tom Weiskopf). 

A native of Philadelphia, Evans, 46, has worked previously at some of the finest and most revered clubs in the world, including Los Angeles Country Club. Locally, Evans worked as Director of Golf at Diamante from 2009 – 2012; and as Head Professional at Querencia from 2012 – 2016. He left the Vaquero Club in Westlake, Tex. to take the reins at Cabo del Sol earlier this month.

New Director of Golf Named at Cabo del Sol

Erik Evans, new Director of Golf at Cabo del Sol.

“I’m very excited to be here knowing the developer is committed to investing in the facility and enhancing the golf experience,” Evans said. While praising the Ocean Course as a prominent ‘Top 100 in the World’ venue, he believes the Desert Course has untapped potential.

“In addition to refurbishing the halfway house, we have several maintenance improvement programs scheduled to be performed this summer on the Desert Course,” Evans explained. “Given the quality of the design, the Desert Course is underperforming in the Cabo market. It deserves more rounds and a bigger market share. We’re going to ensure that for the avid golfer, the Desert Course is a must-play experience at Cabo del Sol and a perfect counterpart to the Ocean Course.” 

Opened in 2001, the Desert Course marked Tom Weiskopf’s architectural debut in Latin America. Renowned for his masterful creations in desert environments, Weiskopf routed the 7,049-yard layout high above the Ocean Course, with each hole offering a panoramic view of the Sea of Cortes. A strategic, well-balanced design, the Desert Course rambles across rock-strewn, cactus-covered mountain foothills and skirts canyon-like barrancas. Broad fairways ensure an enjoyable experience for golfers at all ability levels. Putting surfaces feature long slopes, subtle rolls and distinctive tiers. Large-scale bunkers with dramatic capes and bays signpost the landing areas and defend the greens.  Shot-for-shot, the Desert Course ranks among the finest and most versatile tests of golf in Los Cabos.

In addition to installing GPS units in the golf carts, Evans said service levels will be enhanced to improve the overall experience at Cabo del Sol. “To meet seasonal demand, we will add several golf professionals to the staff who will serve as instructors and goodwill ambassadors,” he stated. “There’s a lot of excitement here now. We’re fully focused on guest service and equally focused on building relationships with the local community, including concierges, developers and real estate brokers. We’ll also be producing a newsletter to keep fans of Cabo del Sol up to date with the latest developments.”

New Director of Golf Named at Cabo del Sol

The Jack Nicklaus designed Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol is regularly rated as one of the 100 best golf courses in the world.

As for the Ocean Course, the top-rated international venue on Jack Nicklaus’s extensive resume, Evans believes the layout is “the jewel of Los Cabos.”

“We’re going to improve what’s already great on the Ocean Course, starting with the taco experience at the turn” he stated.  “It’s a fantastic layout, and the number of holes stretched along the seashore is very rare for a resort golf course. It’s very playable, and it does what great courses do: It rewards good shots and penalizes poor ones. For me, the Ocean Course weaves together the region’s desert, mountain and ocean elements like no other course in Los Cabos.”

Evans has relocated to Los Cabos with his wife, Alexia, a native of Sonora, Mexico; and Sienna, their three-year-old daughter.

 

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5 Unusual Hotel Features and Amenities in Los Cabos

Few areas in the world boast as many five-star resorts and boutique luxury hotels as Los Cabos, all of them attempting to outduel their competitors with a never-ending array of stylish features and sophisticated amenities.

The coastlines of cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo are now lined with resorts showcasing celebrity chefs, pampering spas and championship-level golf courses. Those are the conventional lures.

In 2017, however, it takes much more than a spa so sumptuous it would stagger a corrupt Roman emperor or a cliffside masterpiece from a legendary golfer to move the proverbial needle. Local hoteliers must create something newer, fresher and more inspired.

With that in mind, here are five of the coolest features and amenities currently offered by local lodgings.

Underground Recording Studio – Hotel El Ganzo

 

No local hotel has been more committed to the arts than El Ganzo. Even its name – a portmanteau word combining el ganso, the Spanish word for goose, with gonzo, the wide-open journalism style pioneered by the late Hunter S. Thompson – is illustrative of a specific artistic sensibility, a singular aesthetic.  As if to prove this point, the hotel itself is a work in progress, its façade and 70 fashionably appointed rooms and suites perpetually in the midst of a metamorphosis thanks to the work of many talented artists in residence.

The boutique, Puerto Los Cabos based property offers many remarkable features and amenities, from full moon yoga and rooftop concerts to the complimentary use of vintage bicycles. The state-of-the-art underground recording studio, however, is the hotel’s trademark feature, its sui generis resource….even though it isn’t available to guests.

Big-name musicians have counted among the artists in residence, and some have used their time here to memorable advantage. Mexican singer and songwriter Natalia Lafourcade recorded her acclaimed album Hasta la Raíz here, a project that led to a Grammy Award, two Latin Grammys, and a documentary that premiered at the 2016 Los Cabos International Film Festival. Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles and Thievery Corporation are among others to have recorded at the unique facility.

World’s Most Expensive Taco – Grand Velas Los Cabos

5 Unusual Hotel Features and Amenities in Los Cabos

Grand Velas had been open for only a few months when it unveiled what is believed to be the most expensive taco in the history of the world. For a mere $25,000 – U.S. dollars, of course – guests and visitors can experience the ultimate in tortilla-wrapped treats. Caviar, Kobe beef, lobster and black truffle infused brie are among the many fillings, with bits of real gold flake thrown in for color. This monument to conspicuous consumption was created by Juan Licerio Alcala, chef at the resort’s Mexican themed restaurant Frida, and is best paired with a cup of wild civet coffee, or perhaps a shot of rare, ridiculously expensive tequila.

If the taco seems a bit rich for your taste, may we recommend the more modest 17-course pairing menu at Cocina de Autor, the onsite dining establishment helmed by Sidney Schutte. The chef and native Nederlander was awarded two Michelin stars for his work at Librije’s Zusje at the Waldorf Astoria in Amsterdam before being lured away by the Vela family. The resort’s striking sail-like architectural features, by the way, are a nod to the Vela name, which means both sail and candle in Spanish. The family now operates three Grand Velas properties, with the recently launched Los Cabos luxury all-inclusive joining sister properties on the Maya and Nayarit Rivieras.

SOMMA WineSPA – Grand Fiesta Americana

5 Unusual Hotel Features and Amenities in Los Cabos

Chardonnay is available by the glass at Grand Fiesta Americana, but it and fellow grape varietals like Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon are also integral parts of the wellness treatments at the resort’s unique SOMMA WineSPA. The vinotherapy focused spa is the first of its kind in México, using antioxidant-rich polyphenol extracts from wine grapes as key ingredients in massages, body wraps, scrubs, facials and other bespoke exfoliations.

SOMMA enjoys a spectacular setting, a cool and cavernous space accessible only via an enormous staircase, occupying a privileged position amid the luxurious all-inclusive on the shores of Shipwreck Beach (the beach takes its name from the Inari Maru, a Japanese longline fishing vessel that went aground there in 1965).

The spa also reaps benefits from the explosion of high-quality wines being produced in Valle de Guadalupe, a wine growing valley just outside Ensenada that accounts for a very large percentage of the nation’s table wines. The region’s wine grapes are creatively integrated into a variety of treatments, and also served up in finished form as a relaxing adjunct to the SOMMA experience.

Hook & Cook Special – Pueblo Bonito Pacifica (The Towers at Pacifica)

5 Unusual Hotel Features and Amenities in Los Cabos

Cabo San Lucas as a tourist destination was built on big-game sportfishing. For those with the inclination but not the constitution for rolling waves and heaving decks, Pueblo Bonito’s newly completed The Towers at Pacifica has a solution:  the Hook & Cook Special. Each Wednesday, Chef Octavio Hernández and his team invite a group of up to six guests to cast lines directly from the resort’s pristine beach. Beginners needn’t worry. The chef offers the requisite coaching, and the catch of the day is a foregone conclusion. Once the fish have been reeled in, the chef prepares the freshest ceviche guests have ever tasted, sliced and diced for a beachfront feast served with Dover sole, baby scallops and sea bass, and accompanied by a variety of salsas, infused oils and emulsions.

The Towers at Pacifica is the latest triumph for Pueblo Bonito, which operates four first-class properties in Cabo San Lucas:  Blanco, Rosé, Sunset Beach and Pacifica. The latter two enjoy gorgeous settings overlooking the Pacific Ocean, as well as convenient access to the spectacular Jack Nicklaus designed Quivira Golf Club, voted best new international course in 2015 by GOLF Magazine. Those enamored with Chef Hernández’s fare can also experience his culinary mastery at the Towers’ new flagship restaurant, Península.

Wedding Chapel – One&Only Palmilla

5 Unusual Hotel Features and Amenities in Los Cabos

In 1958, the son of a former Mexican president named Abelardo “Rod” Rodríguez Montijo opened the first modern resort in Los Cabos:  the 15-room Hotel Las Cruces Palmilla; whose middle names referenced an earlier resort he had built southeast of La Paz. That fly-in resort, Rancho Las Cruces, helped to jump-start the tourist age in Baja California Sur, drawing celebrities like John Wayne, Bing Crosby, Desi Arnaz and U.S. president Dwight D. Eisenhower, who famously liked to work the barbecue grill.

Rodríguez’s first Los Cabos property was soon known simply as Hotel Palmilla, and after a massive renovation and rebranding, reemerged as One&Only Palmilla in 2004. It has been ranked as the finest resort in México nearly every year since. Private butlers may be Palmilla’s most famous amenity, but there are other ultra-luxury resorts in the area that offer similar service. No one, however, can match the sanctity and majesty of the resort’s historic chapel, which dates back over 50 years to property’s founding. The chapel is an eagerly sought commodity by the many couples who flock to Los Cabos for destination weddings, with added touches that include a horse drawn carriage for the bride, manned of course by a traditionally clad coachman and footman.

 

 

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Le Blanc to Debut Adults-Only Resort in Los Cabos for Fall 2017

The AAA Five Diamond recognized brand is set to open in the Tourist Corridor

Palace Resorts – the company that sets the standard in five-star, all-inclusive resort accommodations – is pleased to announce the highly anticipated debut of luxurious, Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos in Fall 2017.  The second property comes after the tremendous success of Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun, the brand’s flagship property and Cancun’s #1 all-inclusive resort as designated by the TripAdvisor® community. The resort located on Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula is the second property under the umbrella of Palace Resorts, a hospitality company with over 30 years of experience in the luxury all-inclusive market. This opulent beachfront property will feature the traditional facilities and over the top amenities Le Blanc Spa Resort is known for, including well-appointed designer suites, an award-winning 29,000 sq. ft. full-service spa with 25 treatment rooms, an incredible hydrotherapy facility, a 3,961 sq. ft. fitness center and wellness center, juice bars, four plunge pools, gourmet specialty cuisine, butler service, over 14,000 sq. ft. meeting space, four breakout rooms and much more. 

The 373-room luxury beachfront adults-only resort, will boast whimsical suites all over 760 sq. ft. with private terraces, featuring panoramic ocean views. In addition, the resort will feature seven gourmet restaurants and six bars with an extensive wine and beverage program. Incredible amenities at this adults-only oasis will include: A brand new fitness center with top-notch personal trainers, the latest fitness activities including, TRX training, Spinning & Aqua Spinning, Yoga and Pilates, as well as a meditation area, for the ultimate tranquility. The resort will also feature an array of recreational activities; 24-hour personalized butler service, as well as 24-hour in-suite service. Conveniently located just 35 minutes from the Los Cabos International Airport and, 15 minutes from downtown Cabo San Lucas, Le Blanc Spa Resort is an oasis of luxury unlike any other.

Le Blanc to Debut Adults-Only Resort in Los Cabos for Fall 2017

Le Blanc’s adults-only, all-inclusive resort in Los Cabos will be the luxury hospitality brand’s second such property in Mexico, following its flagship property in Cancun.

With an impressive grandesque entrance, seven stories high, Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos, is an elegant, yet chic designed hotel, rivaling some of the most modern hotels in the world. PHOTO CREDIT: Palace Resorts

“Palace Resorts continues to reinforce itself as the leader among the luxury, all-inclusive market. We are so excited to continue to grow our most coveted brand, Le Blanc Spa Resort. It only made perfect sense, to do so in a destination such as Los Cabos, a magical place, known for its world-renown luxurious offerings, untouched beauty, impressive landscapes and unparalleled picturesque views. Le Blanc Spa Resort, Los Cabos, was designed with even the most discerning luxury traveler in mind. No detail was spared in its design and we are confident in the quality, service and offerings, behind the brand,” said Gibran Chapur, Executive Vice President of Palace Resorts. “The Le Blanc Spa Resort brand is already recognized around the world as the top luxury hotel in Cancun, and we know we will bring the same exceptional caliber of service to our second property in Los Cabos.”

Exteriors designed by master architect, Roberto Elias and interiorly brought to life by Francois Frossard of Francois Frossard Design (FFD), Le Blanc Spa Resort is a designer’s dream. With an impressive grandesque entrance, seven stories high, Le Blanc Spa Resort is an elegant, yet chic designed hotel, rivaling some of the most modern hotels in the world.

The luxurious resort will be comprised of four buildings that curve toward the ocean and permeate the flair of the local area’s rich soils.  The suites, restaurants, and bars feature ocean views, larger terraces and greater use of open outdoor spaces. The unique flora and fauna of Los Cabos, the climate, the landscapes, and surrounding mountains, played a big influence in the architect’s design of the resort. He wanted to ensure the property was in line with the original brand born in Cancun with its smooth lines, redefined corners, and elegance without complications.

Sophisticated Rooms & Suites

The interiors of the 373 guest rooms and suites were designed with a tranquil color palette with cool shades of white and plush furnishings.  Suites range from 760 to 1,400, sq. ft. and all feature ocean views. Suites come equipped with, private terraces, comfortable living spaces, a king or two standard double beds, oversized bathrooms with luxurious bathtubs and sophisticated rain showerheads.

Guests can enjoy personal butler service, a nightly aromatherapy menu, a selection of lavish pillows from our pillow menu and the most luxurious of in-room amenities like CHI blow dryers, CHI flatirons and BVLGARI personal products, including an array of luxury bath salts in every room. Suites are also stocked with mini-bars featuring top-shelf spirits, snacks, high definition flat screen SMART TV’s, with Apple TV and gourmet Lavazza coffee makers. Guests will rest on goose down pillows and luxury bedding with 100% cotton sheets, complimentary Wi-Fi, signature beach tote and umbrella.

A Taste of Luxury

Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos will offer an extensive array of gourmet restaurants sure to please even the most discerning palettes. Featuring cuisines from around the world, Le Blanc Spa Resort will offer foodies the chance to dine on exquisite ingredients with unique presentations and savory bites from around the globe. The resort’s signature restaurant, Lumiere is sure to impress with a seven-course French tasting menu, paired with signature wines.  Other restaurant options include:

  • BLANC INTERNATIONAL– Offering a casual dining experience, the all-day dining restaurant will offer scenic views and international cuisine and gourmet Robata Grill featuring a variety of meats, fish & chicken.
  • BLANC ITALIA– An upscale Italian dining experience awaits guests, featuring a refined upscale Italian a la carte menu, with traditional dishes with a modern twist.
  • BLANC ASIA– An eclectic mix of modern Asian fusion mixed with classic favorites, the Asian fused menu will offer an abundance of sushi, modern Thai favorites and traditional dishes.
  • BLANC PIZZA– Gourmet brick-oven handcrafted pizza awaits guests, along with other light bites.
  • BLANC OCEAN– A haven for seafood lovers, the menu will feature fresh catches of the day from the region’s best, traditional grills and Baja California’s best fish. At night, the restaurant will offer classic Mexican cuisine.
  • BLANC CAFÉ– Indulge in delicious, freshly baked goods, as well as unique French pastries, sweets and a variety of coffees, teas & juices.

Guests can also delight in high-end mixology and indulge in unique cocktails at one of the many on-property bars. Featuring an extensive list of carefully crafted libations by the resort’s top mixologists, Le Blanc Spa Resort will set the stage for any mood, with its six different bars including  – BLANC Stage, BLANC Lobby, BLANC Sol, BLANC Eclipse, BLANC Fire and BLANC Beach.

Le Blanc Spa Resort will also offer guests non-stop entertainment, from special dining experiences, to a gourmet coffee bar, live music, DJ, an incredible fire pit, dubbed Blanc Fire and interactive mixology classes.

An Award Winning Spa

BLANCSPA will span more than 29,000 sq. ft. and will feature a hydrotherapy area, hot & cold plunge pools, sauna, herbal steam room, chromo therapy, ice room, relaxation lounge and 25 treatment rooms where guests can indulge in a full menu of exotic and invigorating spa treatments. With unique services, featuring the latest in spa technology trends, the spa will feature ancient local inspired treatments. Other services will include a variety of massages, diamond facials and traditional salon services and more. The spa will also feature a beauty salon, boutique and state of the art fitness center.

Meet in Luxury

Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos will offer more than 14,000 sq. ft. of space for corporate and social events.  Facilities will include the 8,912 sq. ft. BLANC CONVENTION a room that accommodates up to 630 people, with three additional rooms – BLANC BREEZE (2,368sq. ft.), BLANC WIND (1,370 sq. ft.) and BLANC BOARD (914 sq. ft.).  The resort will offer groups the latest in technology, top-of-the-line audio-visual equipment, and a fully equipped business center, with complimentary WIFI throughout the entire resort.  

Leisure Activities

Le Blanc Spa Resort will offer a variety of leisurely activities, allowing guests the option to unwind in complete relaxation, or get moving! Activities will include stand up paddleboard yoga, live music, karaoke, guided meditation classes, aqua spinning and more.

Giving Back

Le Blanc Spa Resort will also have a local chapter of the Palace Foundation, to ensure the resort is giving back on a local level. The foundation will provide services to the surrounding communities in the region, including health services, scholarship funds, access to medical care, environmental sustainability and will offer guests a part in conservation activities such as the turtle release programs, among others.  

Le Blanc Spa Resort is conveniently located 35 minutes from Los Cabos International Airport. Resort guests can also enjoy complimentary self and valet parking services. Rates start at $850 per night for a standard double suite.  To reserve your Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos stay, please visit www.leblancsparesort.com/en/los-cabos or contact your preferred travel professional.

 

 

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NOTHING BUT BLUE SKY

Activities Company Breathes New Life Into the Classic Cabo Experience

Fishing has always been king in Cabo San Lucas. Thousands of years before the first tourists began to arrive on the southernmost shores of the Baja California peninsula, the original inhabitants, the Pericú, were diving from bark logs to spear fish in the offshore waters. During the first half of the 20th century, decades before the first tourists began to appear, the local cannery was the most productive in all of Latin America.

The enduring snapshot image for modern travelers, however, is of a sun bronzed angler muscling in an enormous billfish from the fighting chair of an old-school charter boat. This was the image–a leaping marlin or sailfish trying to throw the hook–that not only launched tourism in Los Cabos, but birthed one of the world’s great contemporary sportfishing cultures.  

Blue Sky Cabo

Cabo San Lucas as a travel destination was built on big-game sportfishing. Photo courtesy of Blue Sky Cabo.

Tournaments like Bisbee’s Black & Blue, with its multimillion dollar payouts, were born from this image…which was, in fact, a very tangible reality. Thanks to its unique setting at the confluence of two major bodies of water, the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, Cabo San Lucas had been blessed with an almost overwhelming abundance, not only of black, blue and striped marlin, but tuna and sailfish, wahoo and dorado, and a host of other sought-after pelagic species.

There was just one problem with the entire tourism infrastructure that developed around this amazing, sometimes once-in-a-lifetime experience:  What about the ones who didn’t fish? What about the women and extended family of the big-game billfish stalkers?

The local shift towards luxury accommodations and amenities that began in the 1990s was, at the most fundamental level, a response to this need. Spas were added at the big beachfront resorts so that women too could have a world-class destination experience. Restaurants pioneered barefoot fine dining with romantic, seaside tables in the sand, where diners were serenaded by crashing waves. An entire industry was formed around destination weddings, honeymoons and renewal of vows ceremonies. Smart, far-sighted boat owners also adjusted their priorities, complementing their fishing-intensive charters with couples friendly sunset cruises, and family and friends oriented snorkel outings.

No local company has embraced and exemplified this practical and philosophical shift as well as Blue Sky Cabo, whose owner Jim Korchinski, has reimagined the traditional Cabo fishing trip as a complete lifestyle experience.

Imagine being met at the airport, before being whisked away in a limousine or other suitably luxurious transport to your own home away from home…with all the modern conveniences…in a gated community with spectacular views of the half-mile Land’s End headland and the glittering blue waters of the Sea of Cortez. Sound good so far? Now mix a few unforgettable “only in Cabo” style adventures between cocktail sessions around the pool:  say swimming with manta rays, sharks or sea lions; watching 40 ton humpback whales breach spectacularly; or reeling in a blue marlin the size of a Volkswagen.

No worries at the airport. No issues with taxi drivers or hotel staff. No pressure or stress at any point, including from Blue Sky Cabo. Transportation and accommodation are all optional amenities, as are the tours themselves. Everything is custom tailored, specifically geared to the clients’ desires.

This ability to anticipate, in a comprehensive fashion, the needs and wishes of their clients–without ever trying to sell them on anything–is a big reason Blue Sky has enjoyed such remarkable success. The company quickly ascended to the very top of the TripAdvisor activities rankings for Los Cabos, and has remained a fixture there ever since (to read guest feedback, click here).

Fishing, of course, remains the centerpiece activity. Blue Sky Cabo’s experienced captains and crew maintain a superb fleet of similarly named fishing vessels:  including Blue Marlin (a cat quick 31’ Intrepid Express), Blue Star  (a handsome 32’ Luhrs), Blue Sky (a gorgeously fitted out 43’ Riviera), Blue Sea (an exquisitely appointed 60’ Bertram), and Blue Secrecy (a 125’ state-of-the-art Westport luxury yacht that also fishes). The boats are not only graduated in size and price, of course, but also in cabin and creature comforts. The Westport, for example, comes complete with wave runners, in case guests want to get an up-close look at an 84 million year old naturally occurring granite arch, or jet off for a romantic interlude on nearby Lover’s Beach.

For those less interested in fishing than in general water based fun under the Baja sun, Blue Sky Cabo offers plenty of other options aboard the same beautifully cared for boats. Spring Breakers and the young at heart can party like rock stars during afternoon booze cruises, checking out the action on nearby Médano Beach; snorkel jaunts showcase surreal underwater environments along the southern coastline, from reefs and shipwrecks to the teeming abundance of local marine life; sunset tours provide romantic “Champagne” moments amid magnificent natural backdrops (think “huge fiery red ball exploding in a kaleidoscopic burst of tropical colors beyond Land’s End”); floating, fun-filled bachelor and bachelorette cruises are a specialty too, thanks to the multi-talented crew.

These are the stars of the show, by the way. The captains grew up fishing these waters, and know the local conditions–from optimal fishing spots to seasonal species and their bait preferences–as well as the back of their well-calloused hands. Crew excel at just about everything, from fishing and dock hand duties to mixology and “margarita science.” There’s even a musician on hand for many tours, ready to belt out popular songs, croon romantic ballads, or sing dirty sea shanties. Like everything else aboard the Blue Sky Cabo fleet, it all comes down to client choice.

To find out more about fishing packages and other offerings from Blue Sky Cabo, visit www.blueskycabo.com, or call 624-177-7754 (1-866-261-3872 in the U.S.; 780-918-3344 in Canada). Discounts are available with the promo code CABOVIVO, but vary according to tour.

 

 

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St. Regis Los Cabos at Quivira Announced

Exclusive 120-room luxury hotel to debut in 2021

Cabo San Lucas – Quivira Los Cabos has joined with St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, one of Marriott International Inc.’s ultra-luxury brands, to bring a new 120-room hotel and 60 luxurious residences to this beachfront community that is setting the pace for excellence in Los Cabos.

“Partnering with St. Regis Hotels & Resorts lends immense prestige to this exciting project,” said Ernesto Coppel, Chairman of the Board, Gran Armee del Cabo S.A. de C.V., parent company of Quivira Los Cabos. “This property promises to become one of the most upscale resorts in one of the world’s exclusive destinations in the world.”

Expected to open in early 2021, The St. Regis Los Cabos at Quivira will be an integral part of the 1,850-acre master-planned Quivira community on the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas. The resort community already offers nature reserves and more than 20 miles of scenic walking and biking trails, with a private beach club and a village center planned.

St. Regis Los Cabos at Quivira Announced.

The Jack Nicklaus designed Quivira Golf Club will be a signature amenity for guests at the St. Regis Los Cabos luxury hotel.

Located where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez, The St. Regis Los Cabos at Quivira will combine the great beauty of its unique location with vibrant and distinctive architecture, and the very high service and quality that only St. Regis can offer.

“Our goal is to establish one of the most ambitious residential resort developments in all of Mexico,” said Alberto Coppel, C.E.O. of Quivira Los Cabos and Pueblo Bonito Golf & Spa Resorts. “The St. Regis hotel, coupled with a super upscale residential component fronting a 2.5-mile stretch of beach below the clifftop holes at Quivira Golf Club, will create a new standard for luxury in Los Cabos.”   

Conveniently situated just over six kilometers west of Cabo San Lucas, The St. Regis Los Cabos at Quivira will offer easy access to exciting amenities and attractions, including the world-class Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course at Quivira Golf Club, exceptional fishing, and distinctive dining.

Quivira (pronounced key-vee-ra), Mexico’s premier luxury residential community, is situated at Land’s End on the Baja Peninsula, with nearly three miles of pristine golden beaches, picturesque desert cliffs and panoramic ocean views. This rarefied enclave, a paradise of elegance, serenity and service, is already home to Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach, Montecristo Estates Luxury Villas, Pueblo Bonito Pacifica, The Towers at Pacifica and a pair of residential communities, Copala and Coronado. The Market at Quivira, a recent addition, offers a unique culinary “food hall” experience. Quivira Golf Club occupies a spectacular natural landscape of massive dunes, granite cliffs and desert foothills. Opened to acclaim in 2014, this world-class golf course is complemented by an exclusive oceanfront clubhouse, a superb practice facility and four comfort stations. Quivira Los Cabos is the ultimate destination for residents and guests to live, love and celebrate life.

For more information visit  www.quiviraloscabos.com.

 

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