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We first reported the anticipated opening of the 161-room boutique resort, The Cape, back in March. Now, the resort has officially gone live and we have three words for you: location, location, location.
The resort is near the southernmost tip of the Baja California Sur Peninsula and situated along the surfer-friendly Monuments Beach. It also offers unobstructed views of the region’s most famous landmark, The Arch, from virtually any vantage point on property. The vibe is described as combining an urban aesthetic with a retro, 1960s Southern California-meets-Baja feel.
The Mayakoba resort development in the Riviera Maya recently got a new addition – and this time they’re residences rather than hotel rooms. Fairmont Heritage Place has debuted six of the 30 planned homes and joins the Fairmont Mayakoba, Rosewood Mayakoba and Banyan Tree Mayakoba luxury resorts and the Mayakoba Residences already in the community.
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Is it one of those floatation tanks? A hidden blue lagoon? A shaman’s watering hole, surely?
None of the above – it’s the Cenote Spa at the forthcoming Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen on Mamitas Beach on the Riviera Maya, which opens on Monday.
The look is inspired by cenotes – the swimming holes found all over the Yucatan Peninsula. A swimming hole with added massage? Yes please!
Time for dessert
Once you’ve seen one insanely expensive hotel restaurant, you’ve seen them all – or possibly, that’s just the voice of someone who’s never been able to afford a tasting menu.
Here’s one that we’d like to save up for, though: La Table Krug, the insane 11-course tasting menu that’s launched at the St. Regis Mexico City, in conjunction with Krug (aka Möet Hennessy Mexico).
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The Esperanza resort, reopening today
Nearly a year after Hurricane Odile struck Cabo San Lucas, most of resort area’s hotels have reopened, several of them better than before like One & Only Palmilla and the Esperanza which actually reopens its doors today. And there are a few still to come, thanks to this recent update from the Visit Los Cabos tourism board.
Las Ventanas al Paraiso, a Rosewood Resort will open in a few days on June 4. The Hilton Los Cabos, whose damage we witnessed in real time, is set to open on July 1 as will the brand-new Cape, a Thompson Hotel (which is now offering rooms on July 1 for $299 a night.)
After that Hyatt Place and Hyatt Ziva will reopen on July 15 and August 15, respectively. Cabo Azul Resort and Spa is aiming for a September 30 reopening while Zoetry Casa Del Mar; El Ganzo; Dreams Los Cabos: and ME Cabo will take until October 1. The Melia Cabo Real will need a little bit more time--until November 30.
But it will be much longer for the Westin Resort & Spa which is aiming for a March 2016 reopening.
Still, even after all the hotels reopen, there will more hotel action for Cabo as the Nobu Hotel Los Cabos is expected to open in 2017. How do you like them apples, Odile?
Have you visited Cabo San Lucas recently? Tell us how the hotel scene is!
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You know we’re always on the comings and goings of Nobu Hotels, as the chain makes its way to spots like Miami, Chicago, London, and even that one planned for Malibu. Well now the hotel chain is making its way out of the nifty fifty and heading south of the border. Up next for Nobu Hotels is Mexico, and they have their eyes on Cabo San Lucas.
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View from oceanfront master suite at Grand Residences Riviera Cancun
The Grand Residences Riviera Cancun in Puerto Morelos, Mexico has one of those lobbies that have you at hello. Its wow factor includes a historic bar from the United Kingdom circa 1860, vibrant Mexican accent pieces, an airy feel and stained glass structures representing the mangrove prevalent throughout the Yucatan. Those features coupled with views of the ocean in the distance make for a grand entrance:
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The tony Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas will reopen its doors June 1 – and sounds like the romantic 57-room beachfront resort will be better than ever after a comprehensive repair and renovation following Hurricane Odile. Here’s what to expect:
Guest Rooms: The guestrooms and suites feature warm shades of natural gray, faded blue and white while weathered driftwood-colored woodwork, rustic woven linens, natural leather and metallic tile finishes in bronze and silver add layers of texture. The refreshed bathrooms feature floating double vanities and spacious showers built for two with access to the terrace.
Dining: With a new hand-sculpted ceramic ceviche bar taking center stage, Esperanza's signature Cocina del Mar restaurant will be reintroduced with a cluster of hanging wood cylinder pendant lights that create a sparkling star pattern throughout the palapa in the evenings and candle lanterns will dot the thatched walls, walkways and shady palm trees. The Lounge Bar will have hand-made ceramic agave-shaped lanterns draped from metallic driftwood branches.
The cathedral of Puebla, Mexico.
The very near future for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is rosy indeed. The group already has 18 luxury properties in 11 countries, with another 11 under development, including this latest one—Rosewood Puebla Mexico, opening in 2016.
The downtown area of Puebla was designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1987, because of it’s plentitude of historical sites such as Cholula, which is the site of the world’s largest pyramid. Puebla is also famous for its plentitude of churches (over 365) and for creating one of Mexico’s national dishes, mole poblano.
Here’s what’s in store for the Rosewood Puebla, which will be located near Zocalo, the city’s main square.
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Slowly, but surely, the last of the hotels extensively damaged by Hurricane Odile last September are opening again in Cabo, Mexico. The other week we let you know One & Only Palmilla will reopen April 20. Now, we hear the Hilton Los Cabos will reopen July 1, almost a year later.
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We’ve just talked about Thompson Hotels heading to Cabo (June 13 will see the opening of The Cape), but six weeks before that, One&Only Palmilla will come back, finally reopening on April 20 after recovering from the impact of Hurricane Odile.
Here is part of the statement from the hotel’s website:
The entire One&Only Palmilla team is looking forward to welcoming our guests back to the resort as of 20 April 2015. Hurricane Odile significantly impacted One&Only Palmilla and the entire area of Los Cabos. Our team is working hard to bring back our beloved resort and to delivering a true One&Only experience.
We would like to express our deepest gratitude for all of the supportive thoughts and generous contributions from friends, past guests, colleagues and business partners following Hurricane Odile's devastating impact. Through everyone's generosity we raised just over $216,000 including contributions from Kerzner International and other Kerzner-managed resorts. Funds have now been distributed to help One&Only Team Members rebuild their homes and their lives.
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Today, the news has been made official, at least for Thompson in Cabo San Lucas, with reservations open for June 13 and beyond.
The Cape, a Thompson Hotel is located along Monuments Beach, a secluded setting popular amongst surfers. That in itself is pretty special as the water's edge at most beachfront hotels in Cabo are too rough for swimming. The location also offers great views of the iconic Arch in Cabo, which the hotel says can be seen from all 161 rooms, especially since all have private terraces. Or you can gaze at the Baja landscape from the hotel's rooftop lounge and garden.
About the rooms, The Cape will offer one, two, and three-bedroom guestrooms, along with bi-level suites with private rooftops. Certain rooms will also have hanging utdoor daybeds and plunge pools.
The design was headed up by Mexican architect Javier Sanchez of JSa Arquitectura, in collaboration with Arquitectura de Interiores. Here's a bit on the vibe for The Cape, which is billed as "mid-century modern aesthetic with a vibrant 1960s Mexico-meets-Southern California."