Valerie Wilson Travel

Cabo with Dan Beschloss

I recently traveled to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, making an audible after my original plan to visit Turks & Caicos was foiled (due to a spike in COVID-19 cases). I have been to Cabo before, which I consider to be a fantastic destination in terms of service, selection of properties to choose from, and the food and beverage options. 

The Cape, A Thompson Hotel

We spent our first two days at the Cape, A Thompson Hotel, recently acquired by Hyatt. This property is cool, contemporary, and has a remarkably high level of service. It is also the only property with a panoramic view of the distinctive rock formation El Arco (the Arch). Like many hotels in Cabo, the beach is not swimmable, but the view alone makes it worth it. 

Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal

We then headed to the Waldorf Astoria Pedregal. Pedegral has a slightly more traditional Mexican feel to it and has one of my favorite arrival experiences ever. Approaching the resort, you head through a tunnel that is cut through a mountain, lined with chandeliers, and are met with a stunning view of the ocean.

The dining at Pedegral is second to none, El Farallon restaurant being the standout restaurant. The champagne tasting, wherein you experiment with different types of salt that alter the taste of the champagne, was a truly unique experience. 

The proximity to the beach was felt even more so than usual as there was a tropical storm coming in the next morning, so the waves were fairly ferocious and were pounding the rocks so hard, we could feel the spray at our table. 

Montage Los Cabos

We ended up staying in Cabo longer than expected due to the aforementioned storm, so took the opportunity to do a site visit and have dinner at Montage Los Cabos. This is an exceptionally beautiful property with swimmable beach, which is a big plus for the area.

Far and away the best accommodations at the Montage are the Casas, the two to three bedroom home units. The regular rooms are spectacular as well, but the Casas include an open floor plan, full kitchens, and complimentary butler service, and a very Mexican feel. 

Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Another dining experience to remember was during our site visit to the new Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. The must-have when dining at El Barrio are the quesadillas, which I nicknamed: “pizza-dillas” due to their impressive size. And for those who care to partake, Margaritas are another must at Zadún. 

One of  the more amazing experience at Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, is at Spa Alkemia in the private yoga room. The lights are dimmed and as you lay on your yoga mat, sound waves come through the floor in the form of a massage. This is an absolutely standalone treatment and a must when visiting the Zadún!

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