Cabo San Lucas Travel Guide
Rumors have been swirling lately that the thought-to-be rock-solid rock n' roll marriage between Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon is now, well, on the rocks. Ozzy has apparently admitted on Facebook that he's been using drugs and drinking alcohol again and has just been a total nightmare to his family. Yet he denied that they are splitting. SooSharon is just taking some much-deserved "me" time at the Esperanza.
She's probably booked one of the resort's villas which include gourmet kitchens, spacious bedrooms and baths, garden courtyards and sweeping ocean views, although she would probably be equally happy in one of the casitas or suites at the Auberge hotel which start at 925 sq. ft. of indoor/outdoor living space and have private terraces (with hammocks!)
Well, we'll assume we stumped you with last week's edition of Guess the Hotel. None of you could guess! We gave you some killer clues and a damn-good picture of one hungry hot tub, but now we'll help you out: That oasis belongs to the Ridge Luxury Villas at Playa Grande in Cabo San Lucas.
The rooftop pool club is only available to guests of The Ridge, which offers one, two, or three bedroom villas with full kitchens and living rooms. There's also a restaurant and infinity pool overlooking the property/ocean (along with another hungry hot tub, see photo).
We know that downtown Cabo San Lucas screams puke and rally, but you really can have a luxurious experience outside of the hotel corridor - we swear.
Oh, the two bodies of water that converge are the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean. The famous rock structure is the arch of Los Cabos, and The Ridge is one of five Solmar properties grouped on the southwest side of the harbor. Rates start at $308 a night.
[Photos: Will McGough for Hotel Chatter]
Now that his time as Mexico's President has come to an end, Felipe Calderon has begun a year-long fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School in Boston. We're sure he's freezing his tail off, no doubt in need of an early spring break. Where do you think his in-class daydreams are taking him?
We're guessing back to Cabo, which he chose as the site of the 2012 G20 Summit last summer. Obama posted up at the Esperanza Resort, but where did Mr. Calderon decide to rest his head? We figure the host president had his fair share of open doors when it came to where he would make camp for the conference, an assumption that makes his selection all the more telling. His choice? The Imperial Suite at the Fiesta Americana Grand.
The two-bedroom suite is housed in a private building and features an ocean-front pool, sunken outdoor Jacuzzi, fire pit, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows that allow the scenery and Sea of Cortez to pour into the master bedroom. Check out the photos of the room and the resort in the gallery below. The Imperial Suite is one of those rooms you have to call to book, but $5,000/night is the approximate starting point.
Following up on last week's news that Marriott would be opening a new hotel in Haiti, plus expanding into Serbia, Fairfield Inn announced that it would be setting up a new property in Cabo San Lucas. And not only that: Fairfield's partnership with Mexican operator Pulso Hotelero has proved so successful that they plan to open another 35 Fairfields throughout Mexico.
For those who know the brand's "select-service" appeal (meaning no added frills like a restaurant, bar, or room service), this is good news for jet-setters on a budget.
Rooms at the new five-story Fairfield Los Cabos will start at just $99, and are located just a few minutes' walk from the Marina. Oh, and free wi-fi in all the public spaces. You're already planning your post-New Years getaway, aren't you?
Yesterday, we were stumped on where Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen were staying in Los Cabos, Mexico. We had thought it might have been the posh One & Only Palmilla yet we checked and the resort doesn't have a water slide.
But thanks to commenter Matt Foley we learned that Tom's bum was being tickled by the water slide at El Dorado Golf and Beach Club, a celeb favorite for a private (ok, somewhat private) getaway. The golf course also has a full bar every three holes at no extra charge. Tequila!
We may be well past our college days, but right now we are craving some spring break. And what better place to do it up college-style than MTV spring break fave Mexico? Right in time for the seasonal vacay, Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa opened in Cabo San Lucas.
Though we don't expect many Jersey Shore-type spring-breakers at this hotel (thank God). The luxe all-suite resort is decked out in Old World Mexican decor with wood-carved furniture and wrought-iron and stone accents. Though we'd be too busy spending our time at the hotel's private beach and the above awesome-looking infinity pool to notice.
We can't think of a better way to spend a December evening than on the beach in Cabo. But throw in John Legend and the Roots, and we're swooning. The beachside Capella Pedregal will turn into a concert venue and host the hot hip-hop acts on December 11 under the stars. And guests will even get a chance to meet the musicians—swooning again.
Legend, the Roots and special guest Joss Stone will perform on a makeshift stage that will float above one of the resort pools while guests watch from love seats and chaise lounges. Promoting their joint album, Wake Up!, Legend and the legendary Roots will kick off a live music concert series at the hotel.
Sick of toting heavy hardcover books in your shrinking carry-on allowance? Not quite keen on the Kindle? If you’re heading to Los Cabos for spring break, you can leave all the books and e-readers at home—as long as you’re willing to drop some major cash on a room at Las Ventanas.
The resort’s Hot Type program not only makes books available for guests to read poolside, they bring you the freshest titles possible—books six weeks to six months away from hitting Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
We’ve been following the Hotel Bookshelves craze for awhile now, and for good reason. We’re fans of anything that lightens our carry-on load, so books in our room or lobby are welcome. We like to leaf through those big, sexy art books that hotels like the Cooper Square and the Greenwich Hotel in New York stock bedside, and occasionally we might reacquaint ourselves with a classic while we wait for room service.
But the best thing about the books available for guests at Las Ventanas al Paraíso in Los Cabos, Mexico is the fact that you can read them before anyone back home. As we mentioned when the resort first introduced its Hot Type Menu, an arrangement with top publishing houses means that the Las Ventanas library features books six weeks to six months before their official publication date.
Today marks the opening not only of NYLO Las Colinas (yay!), but also of Capella Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, "boasting a prized and secluded cliffside setting where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez." And, we assume, not yet boasting an embarrassingly-scantily-clad pack of Spring Breakers. And yes, it's super late it was shooting for November of '08 last we checked.
Oh, well, maybe it never will become a nasty college Spring-Break-y destination: calling itself an "intimate oceanfront hideaway," the resort has only 66 luxe guestrooms, and each one has a private plunge pool, ocean views and a "personal assistant" (i.e. concierge) assigned to its occupants.
Also, apparently you get quite the welcome (according to the sensational wording in the press release, anyway):
Upon arrival, guests emerge from a 1,000-foot private tunnel carved through the mountainside to find a breathtaking expanse of azure sky and sea - an exclusive haven just minutes away from lively downtown Cabo, yet seemingly worlds apart.
Well, that sounds nice, eh? The resort also has a signature, Don Manuel, and the al fresco El Farallon, "with cliffside tables overlooking the crashing waves below."
But avoiding those Spring Breakers is gonna cost you: opening rates start at $525 per room per night, and they're available through October 15th.
One of our favorite Mexican resorts, Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Cabo, keeps coming out with the quirky-but-cool ideas and we keep lovin' em.
Flavor of this month at Las Ventanas is their new Energy Ice drinks. We already liked their top chef, Fabrice Guisset, for coming up with the Japanese-Mexican fusion menu, and he's now branched out into drinks using both energy drinks we all know along with some of his own special ingredients.
That means you can now order Red Bull Energy Ice and Gatorade Energy Ice drinks at Las Ventanas, made pretty much how you'd expect, or you can be daring and try the Hoja Santa & Lime Energy Ice or the Cola Energy Ice, which uses natural cola nut powder to give you an energy boost.
The only thing that worries us about Las Ventanas wanting to give us "a real pick-me-up"--their exact words--is that we're expecting to be so relaxed on a vacation there that we don't need an energy drink. We'll give them the benefit of the doubt and presume we should indulge in their Energy Ices on arrival so we can get over our travel weariness.
It’s official: The age of the hotel bookworm has dawned. First, we noted the bookshelf craze; then we told you about the Algonquin’s new Kindles. Today, we bring you more exciting news for the bookish types in our midst: Advanced copies of new novels are now available for guests to read at Las Ventanas al Paraíso in Los Cabos, Mexico.
Through an exclusive arrangement between Rosewood Hotels (Las Ventanas’ parent company) and a few of the U.S.’s top publishing houses, the luxury resort’s new Hot Type Menu includes novels that range from six weeks to six months from being released for sale to the general public. Right now, the following nine novels are on-site:
· Angels of Destruction, by Keith Donohue
· Honeymoon in Tehran, by Azadeh Moaveni
· Joker One, by Donovan Campbell
· The King’s Grace, by Anne Easter Smith
· The Life You Can Save, by Peter Singer
· The Book of the Unknown, by Jonathon Keats
· A Matter of Justice, by Charles Todd
· Bloodprint, by Kitty Sewell
· The Book of Love, by Kathleen McGowan
Obviously, guests can read to their heart’s content while staying at the resort but are asked not to snatch any hot-off-the-press copies as souvenirs. Las Ventanas has always oozed with exclusivity anyways, so we think this is the perfect twist on the book trend.
[Photo: Las Ventanas]