Esperanza, an Auberge Resort

Our Journeys are designed in the style of a three-act play. I believe my love of theater and rituals stem from my Catholic upbringing, and in particular, the ancient rites of Latin Mass – which took place in the dark ages. Ceremonies that included overpowering incense, flickering candles, chiming bells, and lace mantillas worn, oh so dramatically. High Latin Mass, a powerful and unforgettable procedure. My recent visit to Esperanza didn’t disappoint and included a full high drama, third act closer, we survived Hurricane Newton here without a single hiccup.

As I have probably previously prattled, the initial welcome at a property sets the tone and stage of a visit. We purposely work with on-property management, the GM’s and our off site representatives expecting them to personally welcome our clients. There are numerous clients who reach out to me on arrival sharing their enthusiasm: We are being spoiled. I LOVE this hotel. Amazing! Honestly, people take a minute from their Journeys and send me messages. Amenities arrive and we receive photos of the gifts, love the welcome and love hearing from our clients. Seems simple – but not every hotel practices the welcome – setting the stage in delighting the guest.

My recent visit to the Auberge property in Cabo, Esperanza Resort reaffirmed my belief. The moment you arrive, the charming rituals begin. Served an indigenous frothy and refreshing chilled pick-me-up; just enough to make you pause and be captivated by the surroundings. No rushing to a lobby, you have arrived. Chill!

Meander amid the fragrant paths to reach your room, enjoy a brief overview of your suite; a knock at the door and an authentic liquid refreshment, a refreshing Margarita arrives with a barman! A barman dressed in white linen snapping a cocktail shaker for full effect. Oh, did I mention the traditional molcajete brimming with fresh chopped guacamole, assorted salsas and fresh chips?

Now this is a Statement Arrival!

Set at the very tip of the Baja Peninsula, between two massive bluffs, and only a few miles from Cabo San Lucas, Esperanza provides stunning views of both the Sea of Cortez and Punta Ballena – Whale Point – lounge in winter and tally the humpback’s passing and breaching.

Something for everyone here – bungalow accommodations with deck top infinity edge Jacuzzi’s – are my favorite. The after Odile hurricane changes are subtle, the private patio’s have a woven panel assuring intimate privacy in your Jacuzzi. The same soothing color palate remains in the very comfortable luxurious rooms, why compete with the incomparable views of the pounding sea? A strong sense of place is achieved with handcrafted furniture and accessories created by Mexican artisans.

Relax in one of the 56 air-conditioned Casitas or secluded suites featuring free minibar items and espresso makers. All the rooms have private furnished balconies. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature deep soaking bathtubs and designer toiletries.The drop dead view is amazing from the shower for two! Yoga on your terrace, go no further than the closet for your mat, essentials at your fingertips!

We reserve for families here as well, as the Resort has a cluster of private Villas which can accommodate large groups with full kitchens, usually a patio Jacuzzi or small plunge pool. Need a butler or chef to prepare meals? Si!

Do visit the full-service spa, where you can enjoy body treatments, massages and facials. One key element here is an assortment of five outdoor swimming pools; plus you can  spend time at the private beach, often not swim able, but with the stunning pools, who needs sand in your toes?  

Enjoy a meal at one of the resort’s dining establishments, which include 6 restaurants. Roam here for a few days and dine at a different location several times a day – poolside, cliff side, elegant evening dining.The resort has a full schedule of culinary events, consider the choices: beach asados (Argentine-style barbecues) to Mexicanisimo Thursdays, where live music and fireworks accompany meals from various regions of the country. We were invited to a special post Hurricane Cocktail party – a delightful way to meet guests and sample exquisite passed nibbles and cocktails.

The new “Sunrise Yoga” program offers an early-morning stretch at one of the hotel’s two private coves.Oh, did I mention championship golf courses? Endless options, a testament to the discerning Auberge brand. Whale watching soon in winter – no place better, Esperanza, an Auberge Resort!

 

It’s Cabo Time! Villas at Las Ventanas Al Paraiso

There are a few lovely hotel choices in Cabo and the Rosewood Las Ventanas Al Paraiso  expanded with oceanfront Villas. You can’t get any closer to the shimmering Sea of Cortez. Last year’s hurricane closed all the resorts in Cabo but they have made a stunning comeback and have been welcoming visitors.

Exterior EveningThe sparkling diamond sea is mere footsteps away from these Villas. There are one and two bedroom Villas and the grand three bedroom Presidential Villa, each are simply but elegantly furnished, oozing luxury and providing a very defined sense of place. Las Ventanas al Paraíso is renowned for personalized service, and now these remote Villas provide the ultimate in privacy. Your dedicated butler service is available 24 hours.

Cocoon into the environment, seduced by the sea, the sand and the serenity – do plan the ultimate escape where your only responsibility is to be pampered by the attentive butlers, both poolside and beach side.

The enchantment of the Villa is heightened at nightfall when the Los Cabos skies come alive with millions of stars.

Guests can delight in the finest ceviche and tequila while watching the sunset from the outdoor Jacuzzi or stargaze by the light of the adobe fire pit.

Whale watching from your terrace, listen for the blow of the conch shell when your dedicated butler alerts you to the frolicking pods of whales cavorting in the Sea of Cortez.

Our clients are always on the VIP List and amenities flow through the door!

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Photos Courtesy of Rosewood Las Ventanas Al Paraiso