By Amanda Feldman Jay
After not having traveled to Mexico in over a decade, one of my pandemic time silver linings is that the ever-shifting travel restrictions for many destinations like much of Europe allowed me to give Mexico the attention it so rightfully deserves. Perhaps some might consider traveling to Mexico three times in one year excessive, but I simply cannot get enough of our neighbor nation to the south. Having previously only spent time on the east coast, I recently embarked on a visit out west to Los Cabos, and it was pure magic. While Cabo has become renowned for its A-list celebrity appeal and luxurious tourism experience, it was only about 60 years ago that the destination was best known as a small fishing city with not much more to offer than the prospects of catching marlins and other large fish. Nowadays, Cabo has so much to indulge in from luxury real estate and retail to world-class golf courses and culinary establishments. One of the best parts is that there are direct flights from John F. Kennedy International Airport which makes traveling there a cinch.
There are many great hotels to choose from in Cabo though Las Ventanas al Paraiso, a Rosewood Resort, is simply the crème de la crème. The resort, which is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, was one of the original drivers of luxury hospitality to the Cabo region. Whether you’re looking to bring the whole family, escape for a romantic retreat or embark on a getaway with friends, this resort will cater to your every want and need. If you think you know what five-star service looks like, the staff at Las Ventanas will exceed your expectations and raise the bar. Each one- and three-bedroom suite includes personalized butler service, which very well may become the highlight of your whole stay, though try not to get too attached to your butler. I had to learn the hard way – parting with my butler Oscar at the end of my three-night stay was harder than many past breakups.
Unrivaled service aside, the resort is nestled on the shores of the Sea of Cortez and surrounded by the natural beauty of the mountainous desert. All 84 suites are oceanfront, so as a guest of Las Ventanas, you’re guaranteed to wake up to the crystal blue coastline no matter which accommodation you stay in. Every suite is designed with traditionally vibrant, Mexican-style craftsmanship, which is balanced by the minimalist, whitewashed exteriors of the Zen resort grounds.
With all the modern touches and amenities of a sumptuous stay, Las Ventanas features two championship tennis courts, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an internationally acclaimed spa onsite and offers 24-hour suite service. The concierge team can also arrange access to four nearby championship golf courses, yacht excursions, fishing charters, ATV desert tours, horseback riding and many other recreational activities. The resort even has specific programs designed for families traveling with children and pets as well as their own internal Department of Romance to help create unforgettable moments and milestones including proposals, weddings, anniversary celebrations and more.
It’s tempting to stay put and simply enjoy Las Ventanas, but if you’re to veer off-site and are seeking an adventure, you’d be remiss to skip out on an ATV desert tour. We did one with Wild Canyon Adventures, which offered not only an adrenaline rush, but also a unique and scenic way to experience the destination’s natural landscapes. The property arranged for us to get picked up right at the resort and from there, we were off into the desert, cruising on sandy paths that lead to the ocean and over the Los Cabos Canyon Bridge, the longest wooden suspension bridge of its kind in the world. It’s a super fun activity for everyone of all ages, so no matter who you travel with, consider it an itinerary must!
When it comes to dining, you won’t get bored of the cuisine onsite, as Las Ventanas has four unique food and beverage concepts with everything from traditional Mexican delicacies and tequilas to Asian fusion menus and freshly caught local fish. It is also home to La Botica, the first-ever speakeasy in Cabo, with inventive, apothecary-themed cocktails and live entertainment. Lovers of The Carlyle’s classic Bemelmans Bar in New York City will feel right at home in this sister spot with its piano bar, expertly mixed cocktails and nostalgic scene of a bygone era.
Should you want to plan a visit this summer, consider staying at Las Ventanas over the July 4th holiday weekend for an extra special 25th anniversary celebration with live entertainment, a culinary experience and fireworks show. If you’re interested in experiencing Cabo’s largest Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations, you’ll want to book your visit to the resort this fall to partake in the colorful and festive Mexican holiday. Cabo is a perfect destination to visit year-round so you can’t go wrong in booking a trip for a few weeks from now or a few months.