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!

 

How to Survive a Hurricane

Monday Sept. 5 Hurricane Newton. From Cabo

The afternoon visit to Los Cabos Square was originally an outing to enjoy lunch, stroll and explore the small authentic town.San Jose Square

We met shopkeepers and art gallery owners, as we meandered from shop to shop, the talk of the storm intensified…initially described as a  tropical storm by some, it was clear by the end of the few blocks that the storm indeed was stronger than a tropical depression. Mothers in the shops mentioned school was already declared closed on Tuesday and as we took one more walk around the historic square the presence of a small convoy of AK47 armed military police indicated looting prevention measures were falling into place. OK, perhaps we look for a taxi and head back to our hotel.

We moved hotels to Esperanza, an Auberge Resort where we were warmly greeted with the usual custom of a chilled flavorful fruit drink – tequila infused? Si!

Red Flag Beach Closed!

Our suite was perched on the hilltop overlooking the grassy green resort, the seas below  were already churning and slamming the beach boulders. Staff members removed the outdoor furniture from the dining terraces…we would not be dining at Cocina del Mar on the terrace above the rocky cliff.

The hotel sent out several notices to the guests apologizing for the interruption to their vacations and Hurricane Advisories – basically stay in your room. We walked in the medium rainfall to dinner; enthusiastic staff was coping with the eventual downpour and blustery winds…guests were moved into a small ballroom for dinner, enormous glass doors rattled with each massive gust of wind. Sheets of rain poured off the rooftop, it was exciting, if you like Mother Nature’s personality! I do.

Hurricane Newton Esperanza Resort Cabo

Hurricane Newton Esperanza Resort Cabo

Dinner was festive, the congenial and fun hotel GM, Marc Rodriguez came to chat, slightly soaked from walking the grounds…all the staff conveyed a marvelous sense of ‘we will be fine’ and still apologetic for our inconvenience…Guillermo Gomez, the new chef came to our table to discuss the menu items and ingredients, followed by the sommelier to make his personal recommendations. Very festive and enjoyable! Our Last Supper was joyous, delicious and quite grand!

Marc Sent SOS Supplies..tequila and snacks!

Marc Sent SOS Supplies..tequila and snacks!

A golf cart ride up the hill in the pouring rain and ferocious winds – we kept our glass doors open for awhile to enjoy the drama…Marc had generously delivered a beautiful array of tequila, juices and snacks with a Buenas Noches note. Power blipped a few times and the generators took on their task. Dancing palms bent in the wind, but the fierce winds were no challenge to these astonishing trees…I had no idea palms were so robust, proudly standing up to Mother Nature’s whipping wind – Newton was not going to uproot or de-frond these impenetrable dancers.

My goal was to stay up all night and watch the spectacle unfold, alas, I fell asleep, slightly apprehensive…the eye was supposed to pass over us around 1 am, at exactly 2 am, I woke up – jolted by a loud banging – the door was rattling in the raging wind. I got up to look outside, double check the locks, the floor was wet by the doors…I have to say the door rattling jarred my initial sense of adventure – the reality of 100 mph winds was right here on my doorstep! I checked my phone and we still had WiFi until 2.20 am when we dropped off the WiFi radar.

I woke up again around 7 and the ceiling fan was off, indicating the generator power was off as well. The wild wind deterred me from opening the glass sliders, so I took a few misty photos through the streaky debris laden glass doors. Massive waves heaved and rolled against the beach wall. Nodded off again and at 8.30 woke to a loud rapping on the door…staff presented breakfast boxes with fruit and croissants…the porch and the golf cart path were littered with tree debris. But out across the grounds, only one palm tree seemed to have lost its waving mane, all others were proudly erect, standing in defiance,  defeating Newton.

Thirty minutes later staff arrived to clean the room, replenish towels and deliver breakfast burritos! Wow – an efficient team checking in on all the guests and really – change my bed linens? No, we are bueno, coffee would be happily received, but bed linens, no we can survive!

Hurricane Newton clean up begins

Hurricane Newton clean up begins

It’s now almost 11 am, we still don’t have power or WiFi, and honestly after a few days of local dining, I am certain we could use a detox day…we can organize boot camp in the room! The wind is still howling, the rain seems to have subsided; our glass door is open enough to enjoy the gusts. So far so good…

We subsequently enjoyed visits from the head of finance and Marc, our GM. The hotel staff is extremely well trained in managing drastic situations, their chief concern is the safety of their guests. Esperanza chefs toiled in a candlelit kitchen all night preparing our breakfast, grounds people were out as soon as the rain stopped clearing paths for their guests, this exceptional team kept us safe.

How to survive a Hurricane? Hope you are checked in to the five star Esperanza, an Auberge Resort.