The most impressive thing about The Cape – the new Thompson brand hotel that opened just outside Cabo San Lucas on June 26 – is the views.
Majestic Land’s End views are visible from every conceivable angle, and from virtually every corner of the property. They’re visible from the sunken lobby bar, the infinity pool, the hip rooftop nightclub, the famous chef’s five-star restaurant, and every last one of the 161 stylishly appointed rooms and suites.
Given this gift, this privileged setting at Sunset Point, with its commanding views of Monuments Beach and its famed surf break, and the evocatively shaped granitic rock formations that mark the terminus of the Baja California peninsula, Thompson, architect Javier Sanchez, and designer Arquitectura de Interiores wisely decided to make Land’s End itself the hotel’s signature amenity.
But let’s be honest. The others are pretty spectacular as well.
The rooms, suites and penthouses are a perfect example of the hotel’s elegant approach to laid-back luxury and surfer chic style. Graceful furnishings and appointments are interspersed with retro accents like copper bathtubs and romance-friendly touches such as swinging daybeds on the terrace.
Regional art curated in collaboration with celebrated ceramicist José Noé Suro shares space with vintage surf photographs from Leroy Grannis, punk portraiture of Sid and Nancy, and artisanal liquors like the comically yet aptly named Pelotón de la Muerte mezcal.
Enrique Olvera’s first restaurant in Los Cabos, Manta, also adds luster and a certain marquee value to the hotel, as well as to the local dining scene. The acclaimed chef’s latest venture – his restaurant Pujol in Mexico City is currently ranked among the 20 best restaurants in the world – showcases a contemporary fusion of Mexican and Pacific Rim flavors, with a focus on fresh local seafood.
But even Olvera, perhaps the most famous chef in Mexico, is not above the views. Much of the interior space in Manta is black, so that the sunset views of Land’s End will “pop” for maximum visual appeal. Of course, the design scheme also serves his colorful presentations, which are served to great effect on gleaming white plates.
Guests enter the hotel past a reflecting light wall, emerging into a long open lobby area that includes comfortable seating areas with retro chic furnishings – the vintage mid-century aesthetic is meant to evoke a 1960s meeting of Mexico and Southern California – and a central sunken bar with one of the Los Cabos area’s finest collection of premium liquors (the signature Cape cocktails aren’t bad either).
Meeting rooms and a soothing spa area are other notable amenities, as is an infinity pool and swim-up bar. And late night views of Land’s End are available at the Rooftop Lounge, a hip nightclub concept that blends DJs and live entertainment with craft beers and creative cocktails.
Surf rentals and apparel for those with expert-level skills – the renowned left-hand surf break at Monuments is not for beginners – can be arranged at the gift shop, and special surf-friendly accommodations are also available.
Thompson, along with partner Joie de Vivre, is managed by the larger Commune Brand. The Cape is the first Thompson property in Mexico, but another is expected to open later this year in Playa del Carmen.
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