One vast advantage of working with your son who loves Mexico, he will head south of the border at any invitation! As much as I love the culture and cuisine, I’m no longer a sun worshiper, and I had just returned from two weeks in Europe.
A recent Hidden Doorways fam trip took Benjamin to The Resort at Pedregal in Cabo, he’s stayed at most of the five-star properties, so this was a new adventure. I always love his excitement in seeing new properties and quick WhatsApp messages from the moment he arrives – plus he is a techie, and notices if one can stream music & videos from a smart phone via the tv or sound system. Me, not so much! He is also an amazing cook; thus, he appreciates meeting chefs, discussing ingredients and taking cooking classes to expand his culinary skills.
Hidden Doorways sent a questionnaire following his visit: What are your overall impressions and experience of the accommodations? Loved my room, it was well-organized and very comfortable, it made me feel at home. The plunge pool on the veranda was fantastic. The view of the ocean and desert landscape were in perfect juxtaposition. I appreciated the subtle colonial Mexican touches, an authentic sense of place.
What was your best and/or worst experience at either of the restaurants, bars and eateries onsite? Arrival dinner in the private dining room with multi-course meal and wine pairings was fantastic. And Pedregal has one of the best breakfast buffets I have experienced. I also loved the champagne bar. (Well, he is my child, after all!).
What was your best and/or worst experience of the activities (not Spa related) onsite? Whale shark swim was a bucket list item for me although not onsite. I would have enjoyed taking a cooking class or the surf fishing lessons.
I visited Pedregal a few years ago and the arrival truly sets the stage for the visit – an amazing tunnel blasted from a mountain of solid rock leads to the open air front entrance. Six hundred feet of tunnel lit by torches dramatically leads you to an untouched beach. Although uniquely secluded, it’s just a 10-minute walk into the lively village of Cabo San Lucas.
The WOW factor continues with the accommodations, restaurants and spa. Even entry level rooms are ocean front with a heated infinity plunge pool dangling off a balcony. Small by many resort standards, 105 rooms, intimacy is continued with three guest pools, four restaurants and a fabulous spa.
Luna Y Mar Spa is one of the most decadent spas I’ve ever visited, the ten treatment rooms encircle an outdoor spa pool. Luna y Mar, created by Sylvia Sepelli, an illustrious spa designer, are the Spanish words for moon and sea. Under the direction of Alan Navarrete, Luna y Mar offers a distinctive approach to wellness and beauty, with inspiration coming from three central themes: the moon, the sea, and Mexican folk healing. Yoga is offered as well. Fitness center, tennis, complimentary classes every day.
My favorite restaurant is the cliffside El Farallon – the dramatic setting is sustained in its surroundings – tucked into a mammoth craggy cliff on the edge of the crashing sea, it’s a vivid sunset location enhanced by a fresh fish market restaurant. Inspired dining reflecting the diverse country using the freshest ingredients. Under palapa roofs, choose your fish from a crushed ice bar and chef prepares, refined ocean to table!
Enjoy an elevated tasting experience before dinner at the Champagne Terrace. Carved into the cliffs, the terrace overlooks the beach and ocean, the perfect setting for enjoying more than 15 different champagnes ranging from Blanc de Blancs to Rosé and vintage bubblies.
Do look at their extensive collection of off property activities – these are rare offerings by a resort: 4 x4 jeep trips to lost jungle villages, panga boats for surfing, swimming with the whale sharks, stand up paddle lessons, snorkelers can navigate through dazzling schools of Horse Mackerel, silvery Sardines and effervescent Sea Lions. Give back tourism: nestled in a desert oasis lies the Nano-community of La Candelaria with a population of 76. During a rare peek into this town, volunteers spend the morning aiding in the upkeep of the Agustin Melgar Primary School with activities like painting, followed by lunch with the school children.
Forbes Five Star status is earned and The Resort at Pedregal deserves the hard to achieve award! We highly recommend!