Escaping The Snow (Or The Idea of Snow) at Rancho Pescadero
Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving company's dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway; at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.
Everyone's sick of snow right about now whether you're actually living in it or just watching the news reports. Which is why we're dreaming of a sunny getaway to Mexico right now. And we've got the place all picked out--Rancho Pescadero.
Located an hour north of Cabo San Lucas on the beach in Todos Santos, Rancho Pescadero boldly declares its "got a spanking new approach to what a luxury boutique hotel experience can be." But in looking at these website pictures, we don't think this spot should mention the term boutique hotel, which in our minds means tiny rooms with arty decor in a slim building in a big city.
Instead, Rancho Pescadero, which has doubled in size just a year after opening to add 15 new suites to the original 12, seems more like a private estate on the beach, except it has two pools and poolside bars, cabana beds, a spa, a seasonal organic restaurant and a brand-new 2,000-sq.ft. yoga and Pilates pavilion.
And not only does Rancho Pescadero have an organic garden, they've just added a new outdoor kitchen and dining area inside the garden.
We actually spoke with the owner, Lisa Harper, a former CEO of Gymboree who designed the entire herself and she told us that Rancho Pescadero is meant to be a place where guests can do whatever they want. There aren't rigid package or service offerings but rather guests can custom-make their hotel experience.
An example of the importance of fun over the importance of having all the services and amenities needed to complete the latest five-star rating checklist? Rooms are stocked with fun items like sarongs, yoga mats tote bags and the restaurant will cook any of the catches made on your fishing trip. Oh and don't forget about the surf lessons!
Since we're cubicle dreaming right now, we'd go all out and spend the night in a Rancho King Suite for $325 a night and which comes with a private patio, a large outdoor siesta daybed, a dining area and a big ole tub. Given that the NY Times, LA Times, Conde Nast Traveler Hot List 2010, Sunset, Elle and GQ Magazines have all recommended this place, we're guessing it can't be bad. Also, have you seen the pictures?
Currently, rates are going for $185-$200 a night for the mountain suites. Rooms with ocean views are $230-$250 a night but everything increases about $50 during the holiday period of February 18-28.
[All photos courtesy of Rancho Pescadero]