Have a Baja Moment! Boutique Hotels in Todos Santos
Todos Santos has a sense of style that is all its own. Bounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range, the charming coastal town has evolved from its industrious days as a sugar cane capital, and is now one of three places in Baja to be legally designated as a Pueblo Magico – literally, a magical village. This evocative honorific perfectly captures the unique aesthetic of downtown Todos Santos: a festive whirl of colorful art galleries, red brick buildings housing bookstores and bodegas, and restaurants serving first-class fare amidst a clutter of surfboards. Luckily for overnight or longer-term visitors, this enchanting combination of chic appointments, laid-back attitude, and stunning natural settings – the inimitable Todos Santos style – also distinguishes some of the town’s best boutique hotels.
Rancho Pescadero exemplifies the Todos Santos style, which values exquisite taste as well as a thirst for outdoor adventure and excitement. This adults only boutique lodging enjoys a gorgeous setting on 15 acres of pristine oceanfront, and offers flawlessly appointed suites and upscale amenities, including a pampering spa and a restaurant that serves up delicious dishes made from freshly caught seafood and garden grown fruits and vegetables. It’s also a paradise for active types, with world-class surfing available steps from your suite, hiking in the nearby mountains, fantastic fishing, and seasonal opportunities to kayak amidst migrating whales. Surf lessons and boards are offered onsite, and day trips are available to surf top breaks on the East Cape, the beautiful and largely undeveloped coastal area that stretches from San Jose del Cabo to Los Barriles.
Rancho Pescadero has only 27 suites, each decorated in sophisticated Mexican style, and boasting incredible ocean views. The elegantly appointed suites are designed to blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor living, and enormous glass doors provide an illusory barrier between elevated beds and sunken tubs, and palapa-topped patios showcasing chaise lounges, canopied daybeds, and the sound of waves breaking upon the beach. All suites are stocked with vacation essentials, from sarongs and sunscreen to iPod docks and handmade toiletries. Best of all, you’re mere steps from the shore, and a short drive from downtown Todos Santos. So whether you prefer privacy, a bit of shopping, or a night on the town, your options are conveniently close.
After enjoying your complimentary fruit and coffee in the suite, relax body and mind with morning Pilates or yoga sessions on the beach, or sample the sensuous delights at the oceanfront spa pavilion. The spa offers a full slate of treatments, including aromatherapy, restorative facials , relaxing and deep tissue massages, and Temazcal therapy, a traditional Mexican sauna process using eucalyptus and other herbs. The onsite restaurant also provides plenty of healthy and satisfying selections, from banana pancakes to caramelized chipotle chicken enchiladas. Catering is available, and Rancho Pescadero is a popular spot for destination wedding services, receptions, renewal of vows ceremonies, and anniversary celebrations.
If Rancho Pescadero embodies the beauty and romance of beachfront living Todos Santos style, then Hotel Casa Tota captures the spirit of the town’s historic downtown district. The intimate 15 room boutique lodging was originally a family compound, and the cantina once housed a general store. These days, Casa Tota is best known for its unbeatable combination of affordability and elegance, with chic yet comfortable accommodations and amenities that include rooftop cocktails and spa services. But the hotel retains the familial warmth of its earlier incarnation, as evidenced by its numerous grace notes, including complimentary purified water and Wi-Fi services, and custom-packed beach bags filled with seaside essentials.
Hotel Casa Tota showcases 15 rooms in four styles – Deluxe King, King, Queen, and Double – all boasting airy layouts with high ceilings and modern bathroom fixtures, as well as traditional accents like hand worked furnishings, original paintings from local artists, and Saltillo tile floors. Set in the midst of Todos Santos’ downtown shopping and dining district, guests at the hotel have convenient access to the town’s artistic and culinary treasures, as well as contemporary amenities like air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, and cable television.
Highlights at Hotel Casa Tota include a lovely courtyard pool and the superb onsite La Sañtena Restaurant and Cantina, which offers plenty of traditional Mexican pleasures, from freshly made tortillas to delicious dishes made with local vegetables, herbs, and cheeses. Cold beers, tropical cocktails, and premium mezcals and tequilas are also on tap, and at the you-call-it cantina the bartender doesn’t top pouring until you say “when.” Given its boutique size, Hotel Casa Tota is a perfect fit for group events. The property can accommodated up to 38 guests in 15 rooms for weddings, family reunions, and other special events, with unlimited access to the pool, rooftop deck, jacuzzi, and hammock lounge.
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