Have a Baja Moment! Unique Places to Stay in Todos Santos
Pueblo Magico means “magical village,” and there’s a reason Todos Santos was the first town in Baja California to receive this enchanting honorific, awarded by Mexico’s Secretariat of Tourism to places of great cultural or historical importance. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the rolling foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna, the mountain range that runs up the center of Baja Sur, this charming community boasts a thriving art scene and many of the peninsula’s best restaurants, as well as historic structures that date back to the town’s days as a sugarcane capital.
The coastal artists’ colony and surrounding area is also home to some of Baja’s most impressive hotels and resorts, including singular lodgings that showcase chic yet comfortable appointments, pampering amenities, and truly spectacular settings.
Arriba de la Roca is one of the area’s most magical accommodations options, and more than lives up to its name (Arriba de la Roca means “on top of the rock.”). Perched atop a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this solar-powered hotel is the pride of Pescadero, a small community located just south of Todos Santos, and about a 45 minute drive from Cabo San Lucas.
Breathtaking vistas abound at Arriba de la Roca – waves crashing against the rocky shore, bursts of color from the pool deck as the sun seemingly sinks into the Pacific, profuse clusters of stars lighting up the tropical sky – and are particularly memorable when glimpsed from the embrace of a heated jacuzzi, or enjoyed from a toasty vantage point near a magnificent slate fireplace, and filtered through floor-to-ceiling glass.
The boutique Arriba de la Roca features only four casitas, and each of the quartet is individually designed and decorated. Private patios and ocean views are common themes in all four, but every casita boasts its own singular touches, from sunken bathtubs and flagstone carved from the surrounding mountains to elegant international accents like leaded glass, Saltillo floors, and Moroccan-style showers. The largest of the four casitas, Casa Bonita, is available only when the entire hotel has been booked for a minimum of one week, a common enough occurrence for destination weddings or family and friends getaways. The remaining casitas – Casita Boca, Casita Laguna, and Casita Pacifica – are also popular as vacation rentals.
There are no telephones or televisions at Arriba de la Roca, and that’s by design. This is a natural paradise. In addition to the solar power, all soaps and lotions are made with natural ingredients, and all food – custom ordered breakfasts are served in the casitas each morning, and cocktails and appetizers accompany each magnificent sunset – is grown locally or caught by area fisherman. Wi-Fi and iPod docking stations are a small concession to the modern age, but the Arriba de la Roca experience is premised on a relaxed appreciation of the surrounding grandeur. Read a book or enjoy floor-to-ceiling ocean views in the spacious great room, temper cool ocean breezes by gathering around the outdoor fire pit, or take advantage of complimentary chairs and towels for a restful day at the beach.
It doesn’t take any happy accidents to find Serendipity. This expansive hacienda-style bed and breakfast is a favored destination for families, wedding parties, and those who crave pristine beaches and gorgeous ocean views, but also prefer a relatively close proximity to sightseeing and shopping in Todos Santos. With Serendipity, you get the best of both worlds: a serene yet stunning setting on Baja’s Pacific Coast, and a short scenic drive to reach the fine arts galleries and fine dining establishments scattered throughout downtown Todos Santos.
In addition to its striking vistas and convenient location, Serendipity offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere courtesy of owners Harry and Sharon Morris. There is none of the efficient yet impersonal service found in other area lodgings. Sharon and her staff prepare a bountiful breakfast to order each morning – freshly baked pastries, fresh fruits, custom-built omelets, and syrupy pancakes – one of many personal touches that set Serendipity apart. It’s a bit like a home away from home…assuming your home is a rustic oasis bordered by ocean, desert, and mountains, and boasts an enormous swimming pool, as well as easy beachfront access.
The strategically situated property comprises ten rooms and casitas, and can accommodate groups or families of up to 25 people. Ocean views are par for the course, and the glittering blue waters of the Pacific are not only visible from every room and casita, but also from the comfort of the pool deck. Each casita features appointments that include a full kitchen, a bedroom with king-sized bed, and a large living room with a queen-size sofa bed, as well as two bathrooms and walk in closet. The expansive layouts of the casitas are perfect for visiting families, and Serendipity is a perennially popular location for destination weddings and renewal of vows ceremonies.
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