Esperanza Resort, Los Cabos, Mexico
An Auberge Resort.
Member of “The Leading Small Hotels of the World".
Having stayed five nights at Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley, California - and having been supremely pleased with that travel experience - we were very much looking forward to spending a week at their sister property in Mexico. My mind was set on staying here the moment I saw their brochure at Calistoga Ranch. So less than a year after Calistoga, we arrived in Cabo San Lucas in the Baja Peninsula.
Condé Nast Chooses Another Winner
Esperanza was recently named by Condé Nast one of the world's exclusive luxury resorts in a setting unsurpassed for its beauty and rugged charm. That's no overstatement. I love the desert and I love rugged ocean coasts and Esperanza has the best of both. Spectacular!
From the moment we arrived, everything was top-notch, discreet, relaxing, and friendly. The property which was recently renovated, is discreet in size - only 50 luxurious casitas - with all amenities and service a guest could desire.
Immediately upon arrival, we were greeted by names, offered a cool drink, and given a light tour of the property as we were escorted to our suite. No registration process. Our suite was on the third level of one of several small complexes. With private entrances and no directly adjoining guestrooms (how ever did they design that so effectively!), we felt secluded and safe. Our suite had an expansive ocean view. We could not only see (and hear) the ocean, but watch the whales in the Sea of Cortez (with the help of high-powered mini binoculars provided in every room). Sliding doors the full size of the wall opened onto our balcony with nothing overlooked - a cozy outdoor sofa, a patio table and two chairs, and candles and matches for evening. And best of all, the most comfortable hammock hung outside our spa bathroom at the other end of the balcony!
We were sorry we wouldn’t experience the wonderful outdoor shower of the Calistoga Ranch, but this oversized bathroom had its own wonderful charm. It had large “his and her" vanities fully equipped with all amenities expressly chosen for each of us. The deep soaking tub for two had been filled for our arrival with fresh petals floating in it. Too pretty to use, we enjoyed our shower instead. Facing the tub, an oversized open area entirely in stone had two showers - each with two sets of shower heads! How clean does one need to get, I wondered. The view from the shower was unbelievable. With the large double bathroom windows fully open, we could see the ocean through the tops of the palm trees. Plush towels and robes, fine linens, an immaculate room, and discreet service are hallmarks of this resort.
Shortly after we arrived in our room, we got a call from the spa asking if we’d like complimentary in-room mini de-stressing back massages. After our long plane trip, we jumped at it. The massages were so well done, the next day we each booked a full body massage in their spa. The spa was set off the property for extra solitude; it was quiet, discreet and most professional. Upon arrival for a spa treatment, each guest enjoys the use of a large private outdoor garden room before their treatment begins. The garden room contains three outdoor water elements… a steam cave (ok, that one is enclosed), a stone plunge pool, and an elephant head shower. After my water treatments, while lying on a lounge chair waiting to be escorted to my treatment room, I felt so relaxed looking up at the sky that for a moment I forgot I hadn’t yet had my massage!
Meals at the resort were very special - fine food with stunning ocean views. We’ve traveled a fair amount, sometimes spending four or five weeks in some very amazing places around the world, and I can honestly say this spot is high on my list for its sheer beauty and relaxation. Breakfasts were feasts for the eyes and palate, everything wonderfully fresh and exciting, eaten slowly while gazing out at the ocean - and wondering just how little we could do that day. Service was friendly, never condescending. Dinners were eaten late by candle light on the terrace overlooking the ocean where rock formations are lit with spotlights. Once or twice, our dinner was at the outdoor bar enjoying wonderful assortments of appetizers complemented by tequila tastings! Never a rush, never a worry. Late afternoon every day, we’d return to our room to find a delectable snack had been put on our coffee table. Best fresh made guacamole I’ve ever tasted!
We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our stay whether lazing by the infinity pool, visiting nearby towns, exploring the rugged ocean coast, or lounging in our room. The weather was always beautiful, the air smelled like flowers and ocean spray, and the muffled sounds of resort life floated by reminding us that a vacation doesn’t get much better than this! We’d definitely return, only for longer than a week!
Caveat… this is an adults only resort so, for maximum pleasure, don't go during the U.S. school break (in February). Families in the nearby Esperanza condo residences have use of the dining facilities and that changes completely the ambience of meals and the bar for resort guests!