Four Seasons Los Cabo Resort at Costa Palmas

Cabo San Lucas and white sand swimming beaches? Follow me soon to the glamorous new Four Seasons Los Cabo Resort at Costa Palmas, which has pristine white sandy beaches stretching for miles and safe swimming in the turquoise Sea of Cortez.

Cabo San Lucas is a quick flight down the coast to sunny Baja, many of our clients love to visit, I survived Hurricane Newton here with the help of my dear friend and Esperanza GM Marc Rodriguez – his care package of snacks and Tequila carried us through the wicked storm!

Very few of the many five-star resorts have a truly swimmable, safe beach, thus the promise of a pristine beach and safe swimming is extremely appealing. So many exceptional properties already dot this paradise, something for everyone. Golf, luxurious spa, private Villas, game fishing, and of course tequila tasting! The Four Seasons is situated on miles of tranquil shoreline with unobstructed views of the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range, aren’t you feeling the urge to escape?

Follow me to Baja to stay and explore the newest Four Seasons Beach Resort at Costa Palmas.
The numbers: Resort features 141 guest rooms including 23 suites; five dining options including world-renowned Estiatorio Milos on the beach; multiple retail experiences; a sports complex and fitness centre; four expansive pools; Oasis Spa and Wellness Centre.

I’m looking forward to a week of dining on the daily catch. A long list of essential spa treatments includes this very appealing massage: Dead Sea Mud Therapy. This detoxifying treatment extracts impurities from the skin, while moisturizing the body and relieving muscle tension. The warm mud treatment starts with a gentle exfoliating scrub, as well as a face and scalp massage. After a shower, the treatment concludes with a signature Oasis Massage. Sign me up!

Ocean-View Room, which is 680 square feet
” Prime Ocean-View Room, which is 680 square feet and has premium views
” Ocean-View Room with Plunge Pool, which is 680 square feet with plunge pool
” Oceanfront Room, which is 680 square feet, premium views of the ocean
” Sunrise Room, which is 635 square feet and has the best sunrise views over the Sea of Cortez
Then here are the suites, starting with the entry level suite, all the way to the presidential villa:
” Ocean-View Executive Suite, which is 850 square feet
” Oceanfront Executive Suite, which is 850 square feet and has premium views
” Oceanfront One Bedroom Suite, which is 1,020 square feet and has premium views
” Sunrise One-Bedroom Suite, which is 1,615 square feet and has premium views
” Three-Bedroom Beachfront Presidential Villa, which is 3,475 square feet Oh, I know a few clients who will be clamoring for this option!
Four Seasons is calling this their first “marina resort,” noting that it’s located on two miles of beachfront on the Sea of Cortez.

Nearby Sea of Cortez., home of gentle whale sharks and winter whale watching. The Sea of Cortez has long been declared (by none other than Jacques Cousteau) as one of the most biodiverse places on the Planet.

Look for photos soon and an adventure journal of swimming with whale sharks! Leisurely beach strolls, swimming and snorkeling – and the legendary impeccable Four Seasons service.


Malibu Beach Inn

Delightful Decadent Escape. Until recently, seaside sun seekers had zero options for a five-star hotel in Malibu. Pacific Coast getaway on ‘Billionaire Beach’ changed dramatically a few years ago with the opening of The Malibu Beach Inn. I meandered down the coast via LAX to Malibu enroute to my Catholic girl’s school gathering on Catalina Island. I’m not certain if it is more complex to wrap up work before an escape or the frenzy of a return and catching up after a few days away. In any event, I was so looking forward to cocooning while ‘camped’ right on the shore. Malibu Beach inn is a petite gem on the famed stretch of beach.

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Suite Malibu Beach Inn

Malibu Beach Inn has 47 rooms and suites, each with a private balcony, all perched oceanfront above the sea on exclusive Carbon Beach. Once a surf side motel, this petite jewel was transformed under a full renovation, cozy Scandinavian style rooms are furnished with a fireplace, chic custom furniture in subtle tones of blue and grey, the ultimate in comfort providing an amazing view of the sparkling sea. My private balcony on the third-floor corner suite had vistas of the south facing beach and the Malibu Pier. There are a couple of larger suites with a living room and separate bedroom. The bathrooms are streamlined in pale tan and white tones and contain the definitive loo, with blinking lights, acknowledging your presence…i.e. the vital Toto appliance. I’m surprised it didn’t speak my name.

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Malibu Beach Inn, Beach lounging!

Service – Staff at your beck and call, casual as a beach hotel should be, but efficient and friendly. A late afternoon beach stroll left me soaked by a random wave, the staff found a laundry service in Santa Monica who would fetch my laundry, the extra effort was truly appreciated. Everyone I encountered was extremely helpful and knowledgeable with suggestions for day trips by car or by foot.

Snug indoor cocktail lounge and cozy dining room, but the ‘must dine’ location is on the cantilevered curved oceanfront terrace. Heaters and shade umbrellas perched for your pleasure, wooly blankets flung at a moment’s notice. If you must leave, Nobu is a two-minute amble, the Malibu outpost of Soho House is minutes away by foot. Malibu Pier is a short stroll away, offering casual dining and a couple of trendy gift shops. Personally, I wouldn’t leave the hotel, the dining is terrific! The Malibu Pier is near the wildly popular Surfrider Beach, where Gidget frolicked and surfed with Moondoggie, surely you remember this trivia?

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Malibu Beach Inn Cozy suite with balcony

The Daily Wave, the guest news-sheet suggests beach yoga, mountain hikes, horseback riding or Malibu wine safari outings, or a visit to the nearby Getty Museum.  Weather report, a high tide schedule, your daily horoscope, pithy quotes and local movies times – all the essentials fit to print! Complimentary passes to the Malibu Fitness Center are available, scrumptious chocolate chip cookies baked every afternoon, just pop into the small lobby piled with Assouline art books. Welcoming generosity practiced in each department.

The hotel art collection is bright and whimsical, all nodding to the decisive message: you are on vacation, chill, savor the moment and embrace the soothing ambiance. Pieces of the owner’s personal collection include a few Jasper John lithographs; and the iconic Poppy pieces by Donald Sultan which animate the restaurant. I love a property that takes time to create a small guest catalog describing their art; details do make a difference!

Beach – the vital private walk, this marvelous stretch of the Coast Hwy is home to some of the most notable movers and shakers and although California beaches are designated as public, you won’t encounter many walkers. A grand stretch of walkable beach is the picture-perfect sunrise and sunset workout. Beach staff place loungers, supply towels and serve cocktails and snacks from an exclusive Beach menu on the sand. Umbrellas toted to shade you if requested. The surf is very swimmable, and for a Northern Californian raised on the Southern California beaches, the temperature was divine. One of the locals told me it was too cold for swimming, ha, try dipping a toe into the Northern California Ocean, it was sublime!

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Malibu Beach Inn

Dining – I arrived to enjoy a decadent late lunch of local One Gun Ranch Caesar and spicy prawns although the description of the juicy Steak Salad with creek stone flat iron, roasted tomato, arugula, avocado, sprinkled with a mustard vinaigrette, was very tempting! Bread was noticeably not offered, bowing to the diets of the uber healthy clientele. Carbon Beach Club restaurant within the hotel has an extensive dinner menu as well, brimming with fresh fish and garden-fresh vegetables including Charred Asparagus cocoa agrodolce, sprinkled with fried Marcona Almonds, whole herbs and an organic egg. Reviews mention multiple local stars that dine; I’m not too tuned into these peeps…

The ideal secluded escape; unplug, tote a massive book, snooze under an umbrella on the sand loungers in the afternoons, amble downstairs to a delicious feast and fall asleep to the soothing surf…wake up, repeat and indulge in hours of beach walks.

If you need to unplug and you relish beach ambling, ocean swimming, and delish dining this is the picture-perfect location.

Ring me, perhaps I will join you. I will return, highly recommend!

Effortless, relaxed and laid back. In a word, Scrumptious! Cocoon on Carbon Beach at the Malibu Beach Inn.

Unfiltered sunrise from my terrace Malibu Beach Inn
Malibu Beach Inn