Luxury Lodging, spectacular location, a fitness program and sea adventures are all at your disposal at Esperanza, an Auberge Resort
by Chris Sands
Esperanza enjoyed its usual stellar showing in Travel & Leisure’s 2011 hotel rankings, placing second in Mexico behind One & Only Palmilla, and 92nd in the world, three spots ahead of the Four Seasons Maui. The rankings should come as no surprise to long-time visitors to Los Cabos. Esperanza is a member of the prestigious Auberge Resorts microchain, and has been honored with inclusion to the exclusive Relaix & Chateau collection. Along with One & Only Palmilla and Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Esperanza is one of the area’s most luxurious resorts, and one of the world’s most spectacular properties.
Located just outside Cabo San Lucas in the Tourist Corridor that links the two Cape cities, Esperanza enjoys a privileged position atop Punta Ballena, overlooking two private coves and the glittering waters of the Sea of Cortez. Since its opening in 2002, the resort has been at the forefront of hospitality in Los Cabos, offering expansive and elegant accommodations in casitas, suites, villas, and private residences, with onsite amenities that include several fine dining restaurants, a lounge bar and humidor with generous tequila and cigar menus, and a luxe and pampering spa that has been rated as the best in all of Latin America.
In addition to its healthy and rejuvenating spa services, Esperanza has unveiled a slate of new fitness programs for the fall, highlighted by an “Auberge Trainer in Residence” guest instructor series, and a “Find Your Balance” four night wellness package. For the former, Esperanza is importing expert instructors from around the U.S. to lead beach boot camps, and teach classes in TRX training, yoga, and zumba. The “Trainer in Residence” program began on November 18, 2012, and runs through May 29, 2013, with featured taskmasters including Dirk Schultz of Aspen Club, Donovan Almond of Solage Calistoga, and Tracie and Chris Vlaun from V Art of Wellness in Miami.
The “Find Your Balance” package has been available since the first of September, and offers a four-night stay in the luxury lodging, in an ocean view casita, as well as an array of wellness-based perks, from massages at The Auberge Spa to complimentary use of the resort’s fitness facility, and daily yoga classes for both adults and children. Yoga for Kids classes are open to children ages 6-12, and teach correct breathing, and basic Hatha poses and exercises. Package participants can also take advantage of vegetarian cooking classes, and enjoy vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free menus at Esperanza’s signature onsite restaurant, Cocina del Mar.
Esperanza’s exciting new “Sea Life Adventure Experiences” series also began in September, with the advent of the Sea Turtle Sunset Release program. Los Cabos is a breeding ground for several species of endangered sea turtles, and Esperanza guests can participate in area preservation efforts by adopting a baby sea turtle and releasing it on El Suspiro Beach at sunset. The three hour adventures includes an adoption certificate, round trip transportation, and food and beverage courtesy of the resort’s culinary team.
For a more sizeable seagoing adventure, sign up for one of the resort’s programs offering access to some of the world’s largest sea creatures, including exhilarating swims with whale sharks measuring up to 40 feet, and intimate looks at giant gray whales as they birth their calves. Whale Shark Swims started this month, and will continue through March, 2013. The Whale Watching Tour will be available from December through March, during the annual migration of gray whales to Magdalena Bay. Program participants will be flown by plane over the peninsula coastline to experience an up-close-and-personal-encounter with these leviathans of the deep, and may even witness the birth of a baby whale.
Ongoing programs and services at Esperanza include Spanish lessons, salsa classes, painting sessions, guided tours through San Jose del Cabo’s historic art district, guided shopping trips, and “Sea to Table” dining at Cocina del Mar. Esperanza is located at Carretera Transpeninsular Km 7, Manzana 10, Punta Ballena, Cabo San Lucas.
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