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Capella Pedegral may change any of your previous conceptions about Cabo San Lucas, which probably involve thoughts of LA/OC folks partying or celebrities paying top dollar for a romantic rendezvous.
True, Capella Pedregal, situated on a stony hillside above The Marina (home to Senor Frog's and a quick boat ride out to El Arco), is often referred to as the "Beverly Hills of Cabo" and room rates are similar to those at the top places in Beverly Hills, at around $650 a night.
But it's also where you will find touches of the real Mexico, making Capella far more interesting than being just some resort on the beach. And when you're paying that much a night, the last thing you want is some same-old, same-old, luxury resort. So here are 7 Authentic Mexican Touches at Capella Pedregal that we found during a recent visit.
1. Mexican Cooking Classes: Capella Pedregal's Don Manuel's restaurant features Su Cocina, a dual-kitchen where guests can learn traditional Mexican cooking techniques and recipes, including a variety of ceviches and salsas. Cooking lessons are also offered here to kids who learn to make tortillas à mano, quesadillas, flautas, and churros.
2. Daily Delivery of Coronitas, Tortilla Chips and Guacamole. Every afternoon, this selection arrives at your door. It's included in the room rate and if you're not there to accept it, room service will leave a note telling you to call down when you would like it delivered.
Sure enough, just as we compile a list of our favorite killer hotel views comes another view that nearly tops them all.
This is the view outside room 336 at the luxury resort, Capella Pedregral, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. What more can you ask for? The ocean, the beach, a couple of palm tree, a boat happily sailing by and in case you can't see it, your own private plunge pool on the terrace. Muy bonita!
Rates for this Ocean View King Room, the starting room category at the hotel, are currently going for about $650 a night. That rate includes complimentary WiFi, complimentary minibar refreshments (non-alcoholic) and a daily delivery of Coronitas, tortilla chips and guacamole. We'll have more on that and other authentic Mexican touches at Capella Pedegral next week.
The Esperanza Resort in Cabo, Mexico has long been a favorite luxury retreat for celebrities and discerning hotel guests alike. And with a super private location nestled above the Sea of Cortez, we can totally see why.
Of course, in a property as luxe as this Auberge resort, all the rooms here could be considered one of the Best Room to Book but we took a particular liking to this one when we strolled through Esperanza last month--Garden Casita 23.
The famous "Arch" in Cabo
Yesterday as we cruised the beachfront "tourist corridor" in Los Cabos, Mexico where all the hotels are located, we learned that both Montage Hotels and Four Seasons would soon be setting up shop in Cabo.
We had heard about the Montage back in August but Four Seasons? That was new to us. So we did a little research and found that indeed Four Seasons is joining the party.
LosCabosGuide.com reports the hotel will open in The Cabo Riviera development which is located on more than 900 acres in the town of La Ribera, only 38 miles east of Los Cabos. That puts it pretty far from the tourist corridor and the action of the marina but it will still front the Sea of Cortez, ensuring lots of relaxing on the beach and water activities. The Cabo Riviera development will also include a golf course and its own 280-slip marina, along with an artists village, and plenty of high-end residences. (Sorry, no Senor Frog's here!)
In our research, we also uncovered a website for the Ritz-Carlton Reserve (essentially, a super luxe Ritz-Carlton) in San Jose del Cabo that was announced the other month. This Reserve should open in 2015 but sorry, your dollars won't go any further here as the dollars to peso exchange rate is pretty much the same. But we can all hope that the Reserve will keep prices below a $1,000 a night.
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Earlier this month, we covered Hyatt's entrance into the all-inclusive market through a partnership with Playa Resorts and guessed that the Barcelo Karmina Palace Deluxe in Manzanillo might be the first hotel to fly the Hyatt flag.
Well, we were close! This week, Hyatt announced that the Barcelo Los Cabos and the Royal Cancun would be the first two properties to be rebranded. Both will undergo multimillion-dollar renovations and are supposed to be finished later this year, which we're figuring will be in time for the start of Mexico's high season around Thanksgiving.
Montage Hotels may be super luxurious but with only three hotels (in Laguna Beach, Beverly Hills and Deer Valley), they aren't exactly everywhere you want to go. However, that may change after they open in two huge vacation destinations--Mexico and Maui.
Right now, Montage is building a beachfront resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Here's an idea of the vibe they're working on:
All of our Los Cabos, Mexico hotel's public spaces, guestrooms and suites will celebrate the area's tradition of indoor/outdoor living.Gracious tiled terraces, shaded courtyards, balconies and expansive windows will offer stunning views of sea, sky and the surrounding Baja desert landscape. Our hotel's guestrooms and suites will feature elegant, hacienda-style furnishings and luxurious bathrooms. A central gathering spot, complete with landscaped terraces, is designed for comfortable conversation and relaxation over morning coffee or sunset cocktails.
The resort will also have "multiple" dining options" , a full-service spa with fitness center, a rotating schedule of wellness classes and year-round leisure activities such as snorkeling in the Santa Maria Bay, diving, boating, golf on a Fred Couples signature golf course, tennis, guided hikes, biking and more. Plus, the hotel will offer "indoor" leisure pursuits as well such as wine tasting and culinary classes. In other words, it's going to be a montage of Montage amenities and services. Can't go wrong with that.
But before Montage opens in Mexico (which doesn't have an opening date), it will actually open in Maui first.
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.
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We're not haters or anything, but we've had to endure reruns and all types of holiday delays. And then we had to get back to work on the 2nd. Hell, some of us working stiffs didn't get much vaca at all. So, we're just wondering why these celebs still seem to be taking a break. Do they not have movies to shoot? Tracks to record?
OK!We admit it--from the pics we're seeing we're just jelly we're not in their spots. So we'll once again just live through them. And seethe from afar.
Madonna and her brood (including her 25-year-old boyfriend Brahim Zaibat) headed to the resort town of Gstaad, Switzerland, for New Year’s. It seems Anne Hathaway and new hubby Adam Shulman were around for the holidays, too. While the Material Mama spent time attempting to ski and bit the dust a few times, it seems 16-year Lourdes was smoother on the snowboard.
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It look like celebs have been living it up over the holidays. So much so, we’ve had to condense it into a mini digest. Here’s what’s been going on with the bold faced and the beautiful.
KimYe Are Expecting a Baybay:Some people announce that they’re expecting with a cute little sonogram or something more demure. Not Kanye West. Nope. He had to deliver the news to thousands of folks at Atlantic City’s Revel Resort in this endearing manner, by saying during his December 30th concert, “stop the music right there and make noise for my baby mama," smiling in the direction of his boo, Kim Kardashian. Yes, that’s exactly how one wants to be referred to when revealed we are carrying your child, Yeezy!
If you’re Justin Timberlake and having a bachelor party—where do you go? You mix it up with two notoriously party-centric places, Vegas and Cabo San Lucas.
The first stop was dining at Sinatra Restaurant at the Wynn, then on to Encore (that seems to be a popular place these days) where J.T. and 20 of his closest friends (including producer Timbaland, who stopped by with well-wishes) hung out in a bungalow draped with models at Surrdender nightclub, then it was back to the Wynn and its Tryst Nightclub. The next day, the fiesta moved south-of-the-border to the private, members-only El Dorado Golf & Beach Club in Cabo San Lucas.
This weekend getaway started off quite tamely with pool-side relaxation and golf outings. However, when Timberlake’s crew caught sight of cameras trying to capture pics during a volleyball game, things turned a little raunchy as shown from the above pic, though we can see the singer was smart and kept his pants up, just showing a bit of buttcrack in other captured shots.
Behold the World's Most Expensive Tequila Pop. The Marquis Los Cabos Resort has concocted a frozen tequila pop made with 24 ct. gold flakes and Tequilas Premium Clase Azul Ultra tequila which sells for about $1,500 a bottle. But just a lick of this frozen tequila will cost you $1,000.
The tequila pop, which is served poolside, is crafted much like any other frozen treat--on a stick and with a little bit of sugar. But unlike a frozen lemonade pop, we doubt you will let any of this spill onto your hands.
Normally, with expensive booze like this we'd say split the cost with friends but um, that doesn't really work so well with an ice pop, unless you're into menage a pops. Otherwise, you can down some straight Clase Azul Ultra tequila for $500 a shot. Ok we're about to pass out right now and it's not from the tequila.
Rooms at the hotel are much less than the tequila, about $350 a night for a junior suite with a full ocean view.