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Summer Golf Deals in Los Cabos

Cabo’s Finest Courses Are Offering Discounted Greens Fees and Twilight Rates

Golfers headed to Los Cabos this summer can expect well-conditioned courses, plenty of availability, a friendly Cabo welcome—and deeply discounted green fees. Summer is family vacation time, but it’s also the season that invites players to take a swing at bargain rates on a bevy of world-class venues.

For example, all three Questro Golf courses in Los Cabos offer significant seasonal discounts through Oct. 31. Puerto Los Cabos, situated on the outskirts of historic colonial San Jose del Cabo, is now a 27-hole complex thanks to the new Jack Nicklaus-designed nine unveiled in April. The new holes perfectly complement Jack’s earlier nine built in 2008. (The club’s third nine was designed by Greg Norman). The 18-hole summer green fee at Puerto Los Cabos is $210. The twilight rate (after 12:30 p.m.) is $150. The “Fore for 4” promo rate for foursomes is $580. Complimentary food and beverages are served at the club’s on-course palapas.   

At Cabo Real, centerpiece of a resort development with 3.2 miles of beachfront in the center of the Tourist Corridor, an 18-hole green fee of $180 and a twilight rate of $125 after 12:30 p.m. are available. The club’s Robert Trent Jones II-designed course is a superb and testing layout that climbs from the beachfront into mountain foothills high above the Sea of Cortes. The “Fore for 4” promo rate for foursomes at Cabo Real is $480.

Questro Golf’s Club Campestre, located five minutes from downtown San Jose del Cabo and a local favorite, is a Nicklaus Design course chiseled into sloping desert terrain that offers undulating greens and excellent value. In addition to an 18-hole green fee of $140 and a twilight rate of $100 after 12:30 p.m., Campestre’s “Fore for 4” promo rate for foursomes, priced at $420, is arguably the best bang for the buck in Los Cabos this summer.

In addition, Questro Golf’s 2-, 3- and 5-round summer passes, priced at $260, $345 and $525 respectively, permit play on all three courses. Some restrictions apply.

Palmilla Golf Club, the landmark 27-hole facility that commands once of the choicest locations in Los Cabos, offers a triple-tiered system of discounted rates through Sept. 30.  Green fees for an 18-hole round start at $145 from 7:00 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. and drop to $105 from 11:40 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. There’s also a special ‘Siesta Twilight’ rate of $75 starting at 3:00 p.m. Considered the “Grande Dame” of Los Cabos golf and the first Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course built in Latin America (1992), Palmilla’s Arroyo, Mountain and Ocean nines offer a diverse array of challenges and beautiful sea views. For a super-deluxe vacation, players can book the Unlimited Golf Package at One&Only Palmilla, a legendary world-class resort on the Sea of Cortes five minutes from the golf course.

At Quivira Golf Club, its Jack Nicklaus-designed course marked by sheer granite cliffs, huge windswept dunes and rolling desert foothills, players can take advantage of summer rates through Sept. 30. Recently voted to Golf Digest’s roster of the “World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses,” Quivira, which has more oceanfront exposure than any other course in Los Cabos, is priced at $275 for the mid-morning period from 11 a.m. to 1:24 p.m. The twilight rate, available from 1:36 to 3:00 p.m., is $233. Rates include food and refreshments at the club’s four comfort stations. ‘Stay & Play Packages’ at Pueblo Bonito Resorts’ five properties, including the adults-only, all-inclusive Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort located five minutes from the course, are available.   

Among other amenities, green fees at all Los Cabos facilities include shared golf cart, use of practice facility and bottled water.

 

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Six New Reasons to Visit Los Cabos: More Great Golf Courses are Coming Soon

New Layouts Expected from Big-Names Like Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman

Los Cabos has been in the midst of an unprecedented golfing boom for the past three decades. Since the first modest 9-hole course appeared in San Jose del Cabo in 1987, championship-level loops have been premiering on a regular basis. Jack Nicklaus kick-started the local boom in the 1990s with memorable courses at Palmilla, El Dorado, and Cabo del Sol; but other major champions soon followed, including Tom Weiskopf, Greg Norman, Davis Love III and Tiger Woods.

As of March 2018, there are 15 courses operating in Los Cabos, and four of them – an astonishing 27% – made Golf Digest’s recent list of the 100 best international courses. Love’s Dunes Course at Diamante sits at 38th overall in Golf Magazine’s ratings, which encompasses courses from every country on earth. Nicklaus’ Ocean Course has been rated among the top 100 for 15 consecutive years, and his spectacular course at Quivira cracked the elite rankings after being open for only three years.

Amazingly, there are no signs that the pace of new courses in lessening. Quite the contrary. As many as a half-dozen new courses are expected to open in the next few years, including challenging new layouts from Woods, Nicklaus, Norman, Fred Couples and Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Here’s an overview of what destination golfers can expect to see in the next few years…

Six New Reasons to Visit Los Cabos

Puerto Los Cabos’ composite design from Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman is being expanded. A new nine-hole layout from Nicklaus is expected later this month, bringing the total to 27 picturesque holes. This view from the elevated tee box of the par-3 6th is a current highlight.

Expanded Course Offerings at Puerto Los Cabos

In 2008, a luxury development just outside San Jose del Cabo named Puerto Los Cabos debuted a most unusual golf concept: a composite course from Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman. “Where the Golden Bear Meets the Great White Shark” was the inevitable marketing slogan, but the plan all along was to eventually break off the 9-hole designs into full courses from each of the legends; a public loop from Nicklaus, a private one from Norman. Nicklaus’ second nine is expected to debut later this month, but since Norman’s second is still years away, PLC will, in the near-term, showcase a 27-hole concept similar to that used by Palmilla Golf Club. Golfers can build their 18-hole experience from any of the three available 9-hole offerings.

Six New Reasons to Visit Los Cabos

Master plan for the new Fred Couples designed Twin Dolphin Golf Club at Santa Maria Bay in Los Cabos.

The First Fred Couples Design in Los Cabos

Sweet swinging former Masters champion Fred Couples is making his first foray into Los Cabos, designing a golf course to accompany two new resort and residential projects overlooking Bahia Santa Maria: Montage and Maravilla Los Cabos. Ground was broken last year on the new 18-hole layout – to be dubbed Twin Dolphin, after an iconic pioneer resort built in the 1970s, and closed in the early 2000s – and the finished product may be unveiled as early as this year.

Six New Reasons to Visit Los Cabos

Greg Norman has been given a breathtaking beachfront location to work with for his upcoming golf course at Rancho San Lucas.

A New Greg Norman Course at Rancho San Lucas

The early courses built in Los Cabos were set along what is referred to as the Tourist Corridor, the 20-mile coastal corridor that connects cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Since 2009, however, the new frontier has become the Pacific Coast north of Cabo San Lucas. This territory has already been mined to dramatic effect by Diamante and Quivira developers, and is now being taken up by Grupo Solmar, a legacy resort chain whose birth dates back to the early days of Los Cabos tourism. The founder of Solmar, Don Luis Bulnes Molleda, was in fact the manager of the old cannery when Cabo San Lucas was still a commercial fishing outpost. Solmar’s newest venture is called Rancho San Lucas, an ambitious resort and residential development that will be centered around an 18-hole golf course from Australian legend Greg Norman. Rancho San Lucas Golf Club should be open by late 2018 or early 2019.

Six New Reasons to Visit Los Cabos

Jack Nicklaus’ spectacular Quivira Golf Club opened in December 2014. Work on a new inland course from “The Golden Bear” is expected to begin in 2019.

A Second Jack Nicklaus Course at Quivira

No local course captures the spectacular natural surroundings quite like Nicklaus’ magnificent Quivira. The drive along the cart path to the 5th hole, which follows a long switchback trail up the side of a cliff, alone is worth the price of admission. But the comfort station that awaits is pretty impressive, too, as is the 5th hole green, which juts out from the cliff above crashing Pacific Ocean waves. Need we mention the presence of an historic lighthouse, or the onsite steakhouse? Quivira has climbed the world rankings in near record time, so news that Nicklaus is returning to design a second course for the Pueblo Bonito affiliated development is big news. Groundbreaking on the new layout is expected to happen next summer, in 2019.

Six New Reasons to Visit Los Cabos

Expect aerial views of the new Robert Trent Jones Jr.’s course at Four Seasons Costa Palmas Resort in Los Cabos to be even more beautiful than this artist’s rendering.

A Second Robert Trent Jones Jr. Course in Los Cabos

Robert Trent Jones Jr.’s Cabo Real course helped but Los Cabos on the golfing map when television cameras caught whales breaching near a seaside green during a 1996 PGA Senior Grand Slam event. Jones is now returning to design a second local loop, this time for luxury brand Four Seasons at their new Costa Palmas resort on Los Cabos’ gorgeous East Cape. Expect the new golf course to open in mid to late 2019.

Six New Reasons to Visit Los Cabos

Champion golfer Tiger Woods has plans for a third layout at the exclusive Diamante development. His parkland style El Cardonal and 12-hole Oasis Short Course are already open.

A Third Tiger Woods Course at Diamante

Diamante has become a major golf player over the last decade, building what is now inarguably the finest golf portfolio in the region. Davis Love III’s links style Dunes Course drew raves when it opened in 2009, and still does…but Tiger Woods is the big-name attraction. To date, the 14-time major champion has designed a parkland style course called El Cardonal and a fun 12-hole short course dubbed Oasis. Groundbreaking on Woods’ third offering, a lush layout in the style of Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, is expected to begin in 2019. By then, new resorts from the Hard Rock and Nobu brands will also have opened at Diamante.

 

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Los Cabos is Home to Four of the World’s 100 Best Golf Courses, According to Golf Digest

Golf Digest’s third biennial ranking of the World’s 100 Best Golf Courses (U.S. excluded) has been released, and the 2018-2019 listing has been very kind to Los Cabos, with four of the Baja California Sur municipality’s 16 operating courses – a staggering 25% – making the elite cut. Newcomer Quivira joins the Diamante Dunes Course, the Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol, and Querencia in the rankings.

Here’s how the four stack up…

Los Cabos is Home to Four of the World's 100 Best Golf Courses

Davis Love III’s Dunes Course at Diamante remains the highest rated in Los Cabos, and one of the 100 Best in the World according to Golf Digest.

  1. Dunes Course at Diamante

In Los Cabos, only Nicklaus landmark Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol has achieved the same sort of acclaim as Davis Love III’s links style Dunes Course at Diamante; and even that falls short when it comes to the opinion of the sport’s premier tastemakers. Voted top new international course in 2010, GOLF Magazine declared the Dunes Course the 52nd best course in the world in 2013, the highest ranking ever achieved by a Los Cabos golf course. It has since ascended, and now sits at 36 on their list. Golf Digest is a bit stingier with their acclaim, but moves it up five spots to 47, noting that “no other links in the world sports cactus.”

  1. Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol

Jack Nicklaus remains the unquestioned godfather of golf in Los Cabos, with six magnificent courses to date on his Land’s End résumé. Developer Don Koll brought the Golden Bear to Los Cabos in the early 1990s, a move that first paid dividends in 1992, when Nicklaus crafted 9-hole Mountain and Arroyo courses opened at Palmilla. Nicklaus’ first local masterpiece, however, came two years later, when the Ocean Course debuted at Cabo del Sol. This stunning loop, which Nicklaus himself called “the best golf property I’ve ever seen”, has been rated by various publications among the 100 best in the world for 15…make that 16 consecutive years and counting.

Jack Nicklaus’ spectacular Quivira makes its debut on the Golf Digest 100 Best, ranked at 93.

  1. Quivira Golf Club

Nicklaus struck gold again in 2014 with a breathtaking cliffside layout at Quivira, a resort and residential development from Pueblo Bonito founder Ernesto Coppel Kelly. The 7,139-yard tour de force was voted the world’s best new international course in 2015 by GOLF Magazine, and its ascension to the very top ranks of international courses comes as no surprise to anyone lucky enough to have played it. The cliffside 5th, accessible after a long, winding, uphill cart ride, is absolutely spectacular, with a blind shot down to a green perched above crashing Pacific Ocean waves. Superb comfort food stations and an on-site steakhouse only add to the unforgettable experience.

  1. Querencia

Tom Fazio’s superb Querencia debuted in 2000, and for more than 15 years, diabolical yet picturesque challenges like the dogleg, dual-bunkered, par-5 fourth were known only to millionaire members. That changed in 2016, when Golf Digest finally let the cat out of the bag, naming it one of the world’s 100 best in their annual rankings. It moves up one spot on the 2018 list, although Golf Digest was not wholly effusive in its praise: “The one discordant note are royal palms planted in many desert spots near greens. They seem too artificial among native desert plants.”

Besides the four Los Cabos courses, only one other Mexican layout made Golf Digest’s 100 Best: the Jack Nicklaus designed Four Seasons Punta Mita, which like Quivira was a first-time honoree.

In a separate announcement, Golf Digest unveiled its rankings of the best courses by country. Los Cabos again was a standout, accounting for 10 of the top 15 in Mexico (see below).

1.) Diamante (Dunes), Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur
2.) Cabo del Sol (Ocean), Los Cabos, Baja California Sur
3.) Four Seasons Punta Mita (Pacifico), Nayarit
4.) Quivira G.C., Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur
5.) Querencia, Los Cabos, San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur
6.) El Dorado G. & Beach C., Los Cabos, Baja California Sur
7.) Guadalajara C.C., Jalisco
8.) Chileno Bay G. & Beach Club, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur
9.) Diamante (El Cardonal), Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur
10.) Four Seasons Punta Mita (Bahia), Nayarit
11.) El Camaleón Mayakoba G. Cse., Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
12.) Cabo Del Sol (Desert), Los Cabos, Baja California Sur
13.) Palmilla G.C., Los Cabos, Baja California Sur
14.) Club de Golf Chapultepec, Mexico City
15.) Cabo Real G.C., Los Cabos, Baja California Sur

 

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NOTHING BUT BLUE SKY

Activities Company Breathes New Life Into the Classic Cabo Experience

Fishing has always been king in Cabo San Lucas. Thousands of years before the first tourists began to arrive on the southernmost shores of the Baja California peninsula, the original inhabitants, the Pericues, were diving from bark logs to spear fish in the offshore waters. During the first half of the 20th century, decades before the first tourists began to appear, the local cannery was the most productive in all of Latin America.

The enduring snapshot image for modern travelers, however, is of a sun bronzed angler muscling in an enormous billfish from the fighting chair of an old-school charter boat. This was the image–a leaping marlin or sailfish trying to throw the hook–that not only launched tourism in Los Cabos, but birthed one of the world’s great contemporary sportfishing cultures.  

Blue Sky Cabo

Cabo San Lucas as a travel destination was built on big-game sportfishing. Photo courtesy of Blue Sky Cabo.

Tournaments like Bisbee’s Black & Blue, with its multimillion dollar payouts, were born from this image…which was, in fact, a very tangible reality. Thanks to its unique setting at the confluence of two major bodies of water, the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, Cabo San Lucas had been blessed with an almost overwhelming abundance, not only of black, blue and striped marlin, but tuna and sailfish, wahoo and dorado, and a host of other sought-after pelagic species.

There was just one problem with the entire tourism infrastructure that developed around this amazing, sometimes once-in-a-lifetime experience:  What about the ones who didn’t fish? What about the women and extended family of the big-game billfish stalkers?

The local shift towards luxury accommodations and amenities that began in the 1990s was, at the most fundamental level, a response to this need. Spas were added at the big beachfront resorts so that women too could have a world-class destination experience. Restaurants pioneered barefoot fine dining with romantic, seaside tables in the sand, where diners were serenaded by crashing waves. An entire industry was formed around destination weddings, honeymoons and renewal of vows ceremonies. Smart, far-sighted boat owners also adjusted their priorities, complementing their fishing-intensive charters with couples friendly sunset cruises, and family and friends oriented snorkel outings.

No local company has embraced and exemplified this practical and philosophical shift as well as Blue Sky Cabo, whose owner Jim Korchinski, has reimagined the traditional Cabo fishing trip as a complete lifestyle experience.

Imagine being met at the airport, before being whisked away in a limousine or other suitably luxurious transport to your own home away from home…with all the modern conveniences…in a gated community with spectacular views of the half-mile Land’s End headland and the glittering blue waters of the Sea of Cortez. Sound good so far? Now mix a few unforgettable “only in Cabo” style adventures between cocktail sessions around the pool:  say swimming with manta rays, sharks or sea lions; watching 40 ton humpback whales breach spectacularly; or reeling in a blue marlin the size of a Volkswagen.

No worries at the airport. No issues with taxi drivers or hotel staff. No pressure or stress at any point, including from Blue Sky Cabo. Transportation and accommodation are all optional amenities, as are the tours themselves. Everything is custom tailored, specifically geared to the clients’ desires.

This ability to anticipate, in a comprehensive fashion, the needs and wishes of their clients–without ever trying to sell them on anything–is a big reason Blue Sky has enjoyed such remarkable success. The company quickly ascended to the very top of the TripAdvisor activities rankings for Los Cabos, and has remained a fixture there ever since (to read guest feedback, click here).

Fishing, of course, remains the centerpiece activity. Blue Sky Cabo’s experienced captains and crew maintain a superb fleet of similarly named fishing vessels:  including Blue Marlin (a cat quick 31’ Intrepid Express), Blue Star  (a handsome 32’ Luhrs), Blue Sky (a gorgeously fitted out 43’ Riviera), Blue Sea (an exquisitely appointed 60’ Bertram), and Blue Secrecy (a 125’ state-of-the-art Westport luxury yacht that also fishes). The boats are not only graduated in size and price, of course, but also in cabin and creature comforts. The Westport, for example, comes complete with wave runners, in case guests want to get an up-close look at an 84 million year old naturally occurring granite arch, or jet off for a romantic interlude on nearby Lover’s Beach.

For those less interested in fishing than in general water based fun under the Baja sun, Blue Sky Cabo offers plenty of other options aboard the same beautifully cared for boats. Spring Breakers and the young at heart can party like rock stars during afternoon booze cruises, checking out the action on nearby Medano Beach; snorkel jaunts showcase surreal underwater environments along the southern coastline, from reefs and shipwrecks to the teeming abundance of local marine life; sunset tours provide romantic “Champagne” moments amid magnificent natural backdrops (think “huge fiery red ball exploding in a kaleidoscopic burst of tropical colors beyond Land’s End”); floating, fun-filled bachelor and bachelorette cruises are a specialty too, thanks to the multi-talented crew.

These are the stars of the show, by the way. The captains grew up fishing these waters, and know the local conditions–from optimal fishing spots to seasonal species and their bait preferences–as well as the back of their well-calloused hands. Crew excel at just about everything, from fishing and dock hand duties to mixology and “margarita science.” There’s even a musician on hand for many tours, ready to belt out popular songs, croon romantic ballads, or sing dirty sea shanties. Like everything else aboard the Blue Sky Cabo fleet, it all comes down to client choice.

To find out more about fishing packages and other offerings from Blue Sky Cabo, visit www.blueskycabo.com, or call 624-177-7754 (1-866-261-3872 in the U.S.; 780-918-3344 in Canada). Discounts are available with the promo code CABOVIVO, but vary according to tour.

 

 

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6th Edition of the Los Cabos International Film Festival Kicks Off in Cabo San Lucas

The spotlight shone on Cabo San Lucas last night for the gala premiere of the Los Cabos International Film Festival, the 6th edition of which takes center stage in the Land’s End city from November 8 – 12.

Luminaries walked the red carpet at El Pabellón Cultural de la República, pausing for photographs and conducting impromptu interviews with the throng of national and international media pressed against velvet ropes.

The governor of Baja California Sur and the state’s Secretary of Tourism were among the many prominent regional figures in attendance, but the headliners were the Mexican film and television stars who graced the red carpet: Lidia Brito, Paulina Goto, Horacio Panchini, Christian Chávez, Cata Marín, Zuria Vega, Paty Lozano, and more. All were on hand for the opening night screening of Battle of the Sexes, a much buzzed about new film about the landmark 1973 tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell.

The Los Cabos International Film Festival kicked off its 6th edition last night in Cabo San Lucas, with a red carpet gala at the city’s Pabellon Cultural de la Republica. Photo by Michael Mattos.

Big names and gala screenings have always been the major attention grabbers at the festival – Hollywood stars who have attended in past years include Edward Norton, Matt Dillon, Reese Witherspoon, Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor – but its main goal is to promote collaboration between the film industries of México, the U.S. and Canada. Hence, the festival’s long-running motto, “Come and see what the neighbors are doing.”

In addition to behind the scenes industry meetings, some 40 films will be featured this year, either at El Pabellón or at Cinemex Theaters at Puerto Paraíso Shopping Mall on the Cabo San Lucas Marina. Tickets for the screenings at Cinemex are once again available to the general public, and offer an opportunity to share in one of the region’s signature cultural events.

Los Cabos International Film Festival

Battle of the Sexes, a film about the landmark 1973 tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King, is one of more than 40 films featured at the 6th annual Los Cabos International Film Festival.

This year’s festival is the first under new director Hugo Villa Smythe, who succeeds former festival director Alonso Aguilar Castillo. Smythe is the current General Director of Mexico City’s Film Commission – an important national position – and thus his commitment to the LCIFF confirms its status as the premiere festival in México, and one of the most important and influential in the hemisphere.

Under Smythe’s guidance, three new prizes will be awarded this year, adding to a list that already includes more honors than any festival in Latin America. Winners for contemporary films and those honored for career achievements will receive La Ballena de Los Cabos, a whale-shaped, gold or silver gilded award that was unveiled last year.

Today’s highlights are expected to include a press conference at The Resort at Pedregal for Paul Schrader, and the gala screening at El Pabellón Cultural of the new Alexander Payne film Downsizing, which stars Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz and Kristen Wiig. Schrader is being honored with the festival’s yearly Tribute Award, and the Taxi Driver writer and long-time director will have two of his films shown this week:  First Reformed and Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters.

For more information about tickets and screenings, visit www.cabosfilmfest.com.

 

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‘Back to Nature’ Package at Pueblo Bonito Showcases Baja’s Beauty

The Towers at Pacifica program offers a plethora of land and sea adventures

Ever since Jacques Cousteau described Cabo San Lucas as “the aquarium of the world” in the 1960s, nature lovers have flocked here to experience its unique mountain-desert-ocean environment.

To showcase the region’s natural assets, The Towers at Pacifica, the deluxe “resort within a resort” with 24-hour butler service, has introduced a “Back to Nature” package for the winter season that features an array of outdoor-oriented activities.   

Back to Nature Package at Pueblo Bonito

A humpback whale breaches just offshore from Pueblo Bonito’s Towers at Pacifica.

One of Nature’s most spectacular shows occurs in November as hundreds of whales travel from the frigid Arctic Ocean to the warm waters surrounding the Baja Peninsula to birth and rear their young. Of the eight species that venture to Los Cabos, the most popular are the humpback whales, which routinely spout close to shore and breach from the water in fantastic leaps. From mid-December through March, whale-watching excursions depart from nearby Cabo San Lucas marina. (Butlers will take care of the arrangements).  Furthermore, guests of The Towers at Pacifica can view these majestic creatures from their room balconies and various points throughout the property.  

To learn more about the local flora, the Cactimundo tour teaches guests about the region’s indigenous shrubs, trees and cacti, notably the tall, multi-armed, centuries-old cardon cactus.  The cart-conducted tours depart from the Resort.

Among other “Back to Nature” adventures are early-morning desert hikes (watch out for lizards, roadrunners, quail, jackrabbits, red foxes, white-tailed deer, and maybe an elusive ring-tailed cat). Guests can also take a glass-bottomed boat trip to El Arco, the iconic sea arch, with stops at Lover’s Beach and the active sea lion colony nestled among the rocks at Land’s End.

Even the award-winning Armonia Spa embraces the “back to nature” theme with its organic ritual massage, which starts with a scrub of Dead Sea salt, rosemary, jojoba, and almond essential oils exfoliation, followed by a homemade oatmeal mask that leaves the body with a fresh sensation. The treatment concludes with an invigorating massage applying shea butter and geranium essential oils, neroli, and rosemary body lotion, ideal for treating muscle fatigue after more energetic nature activities. 

Back to Nature Package at Pueblo Bonito

Sea turtle hatchlings make their way to the sea in Los Cabos.

Pueblo Bonito’s exclusive four-night, five-day ‘Back to Nature’ package, available from Dec. 15, 2017 through March 30, 2018, features:

Accommodations at The Towers at Pacifica, including 24-hour butler service and exclusive VIP-Lounge

All-Inclusive food & beverages throughout the stay

All on-site nature programs, including Cactimundo tour and glass-bottom boat trip to El Arco.

Two organic ritual massages at Armonia Spa

Whale watching excursion for two

Dining at Pueblo Bonito sister resort properties

“Fire Pit” experience on the beach, including a Mezcal mixology class  

Pricing for the ’Back to Nature’ package starts at $4,284 for two persons, double occupancy, depending on dates and choice of accommodations.

For reservations or further information, access the web site at www.pueblobonito.com; or call 1-800-990-8250 to customize a visit.

 

About Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort

Nestled on a secluded beach within the exclusive residential development of Quivira Los Cabos, Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort is widely considered to be the world’s most romantic resort. This all-inclusive luxury resort caters exclusively to adults seeking a tranquil oceanfront hideaway. A modern yet elegant approach to design and architecture presents an ideal setting for a memorable vacation of relaxation and self-renewal. In December, 2016, Pueblo Bonito Pacifica unveiled The Towers at Pacifica, three new ultra-luxury buildings featuring enhanced amenities and first-class personalized service, including 24-hour British Butler Institute-certified butler service to attend to all guest needs. The Towers at Pacifica also include an exclusive VIP Towers lounge offering culinary experiences and specialty cocktails, a state-of-the-art gym, and a new gourmet restaurant, Peninsula – all with dramatic oceanfront views. 

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Top 5 New Hotels and Resorts in Los Cabos

“Every act of creation,” noted artist Pablo Picasso, “is first an act of destruction.” That adage certainly seems true in regards to one of the most remarkable chapters in recent Los Cabos history, as the widespread destruction of Hurricane Odile in 2014 kicked off an unprecedented building boom that three years later continues to transform the coastlines of cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo.

Not only did existing hotels and resorts in the area take advantage of the forced downtime  following the Category-4 storm to organize upgrades and renovations, but larger hospitality brands took advantage of the new growth friendly economic climate to launch their own luxury projects. Between 2014 and 2018 it is estimated that 4000 new hotel rooms will have come online in Los Cabos, pushing capacity from 14,000 to 18,000. That’s a whopping 28% percent increase, but sheer numbers only tell part of the story.

Big-name brands are moving in with a vengeance. Ritz-Carlton and Four seasons are scheduled  to open properties in the region within the next year, the former at Puerto Los Cabos, the latter at La Ribera on the Los Cabos municipality’s spectacular East Cape. Le Blanc and parent company Palace Resorts also plan to open a Los Cabos based resort later this year, following the success of their flagship Mexican property in Cancún. Hard Rock and Nobu are slated to open resorts at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas in 2018.  

Not all the high-profile properties, however, are still under construction. Some of the most spectacular ones have already opened.

Here are five of our favorites:

Chileno Bay Resort & Residences

With the exception of its magnificent swimming pools – which stretch successively for over 400 meters, inclining gently downhill towards the Sea of Cortés with the majesty of a Grand Canal – one could almost accuse this newly launched resort of having too much class…of displaying an un-Cabo like disdain for conspicuous consumption. This philosophy of understated rather than ostentatious elegance is perfectly consistent, however, with that of nearby Esperanza, a  luxury property that is also managed by the distinguished Auberge brand. And to be perfectly clear:  the resort and residences offer a world-class experience on every level.

Each of the 60 hotel rooms and 32 multi-bedroom suites enjoy gorgeous vantages of Chileno Bay, at a site not far from that occupied by the original Los Cabo “luxury” resort, Bud Parr’s Hotel Cabo San Lucas. A kids club and game room are among the many family-friendly amenities, adding  to a portfolio that already includes the spectacular pools, a superb 18-hole golf course designed by Tom Fazio, and one of the finest restaurants in Los Cabos. The latter would be COMAL, a Latin American themed eatery helmed by Yvan Mucharraz, who made his reputation locally as the Executive Chef at The Resort at Pedregal. Stunning views and delicious food and drinks headline the offerings at Comal, while tacos and tequila reign supreme at beachside bar TnT.

Top 5 New Hotels and Resorts in Los Cabos

Chileno Bay Resort & Residences

Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort & Spa

Everyone knows the first law of real estate – location, location, location – but few have taken advantage of its possibilities quite like Breathless. The new resort opened in December 2015 at the juncture of Médano Beach and the Cabo San Lucas Marina, and has been taking guests’ breath away ever since. One infinity pool looks out at the Sea of Cortés and the Land’s End headland that marks the terminus of the Baja California peninsula; the other overlooks the multimillion dollar luxury yachts in the Marina and the movie star mansions that seem to cling perilously to the Pedregal hillside. The gorgeous views are only part of the allure, however. In addition to its 169 stylishly appointed suites – all boasting private balconies – the luxurious property also showcases an indulgently pampering spa, a superb collection of restaurants, and an onsite party scene that never seems to stop…or even to grow stale. The latter achievement is sustained through unceasing variety, from fashion shows, dance contests and toga parties to karaoke nights, talent contests and bonfire lit beachfront fiestas. Celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s La Biblioteca de Tequila also adds to the party hearty atmosphere at this seaside gem.

Top 5 New Hotels and Resorts

Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort & Spa

Grand Velas Los Cabos Resort

The biggest news since Grand Velas’ grand opening in December 2016 was the announcement that the boutique Tourist Corridor based property now serves the most expensive tacos in the world. Pairing options for the $25,000 tortilla wrapped treats – whose ingredients include caviar, Kobe beef, lobster, black truffle infused brie, and actual gold flake – are in some cases even more exhorbitantly priced.

Remarkably, the onsite restaurant that makes these tacos, Frida, is not the resort’s signature dining establishment. That would be Cocina de Autor, whose modest 17-course pairing menus are overseen by chef Sidney Schutte, winner of two coveted Michelin stars while helming Librije’s Zusje at the Waldorf Astoria in Amsterdam. Even more impressive, perhaps, is the onsite spa, a 35,000 square foot facility so preposterously pampering it would cause a corrupt Roman emperor to blush.

Lest one think, however, that Grand Velas is only affordable to billionaires and blue bloods, we should point out that this newly launched luxury resort is actually an all-inclusive (well, except for the tacos). The strikingly shaped structure, seen in profile, resembles nothing so much as a large cruising yacht, an appropriate touch from a family owned hospitality company whose name in Spanish (Vela) means sail. The unique design also ensures that guests in all 304-suites have panoramic views of the golden sands of El Tule Beach, and beyond that the glittering blue waters of the Sea of Cortés.

Top 5 New Hotels and Resorts

Grand Velas Los Cabos Resort

Cachet Beach Hotel

There are few places in Cabo San Lucas that remind one favorably of Miami Beach, but Cachet Beach Hotel, with its lively atmosphere and whitewashed retro style façade, is certainly one of them. The hotel would not look out of place on Collins Avenue, but also seems perfectly placed on the golden shores of Playa El Médano, the largest and most popular beach in Cabo San Lucas.

Cachet is the butterfly to the moth that once was Cabo Villas Beach Resort. Not only has the property been rebranded, but is slowly being rebuilt in graduated phases. The beach club and boutique beachfront accommodations are already completed, as is the multi-level ALETA Seafood Bar & Grill. ALETA is in the capable hands of Edgar Roman, long-time chef for Grupo Mi Casa, and notable member of the Chefs al Rescate (Chefs to the Rescue) charitable organization. Locals will be very familiar with the chef’s culinary mastery, and also with the beachside dining area, which used to house the second Baja Cantina location.

Much remains to be done, including the temporary relocation of Baja Brewing Company’s beloved rooftop restaurant for the construction of a new tower, but Cachet has already established itself as one of the premier spots on Médano Beach for poolside party action, and drinking, dining and live entertainment.

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Cachet Beach Hotel

The Towers at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica

One of the most intriguing aspects of the recent building boom is its transformative impact on the Pacific Coast, just north of Cabo San Lucas. Diamante, a 1,500 acre resort and residential development, already boasts spectacular golf courses from major champions Davis Love III and Tiger Woods. The former’s Diamante Dunes is currently ranked as the 38th best course in the world by GOLF Magazine, while the latter recently added an Oasis short course to accompany his parkland style El Cardonal loop.  Not content to rest on its substantial laurels, Diamante is also adding lodgings from big-name hospitality brands Nobu and Hard Rock to its portfolio, with both slated to open by 2018.

Nearby Pueblo Bonito Resorts founder Ernesto Coppel Kelly has also been making ambitious moves. The Mazatlán born hotelier’s Quivira development, notable for its stunning Jack Nicklaus designed golf course, is adding a new luxury hotel from St. Regis. The 120-room property will also feature 60 opulent private residences, and is expected to open in 2021. This exciting news comes on the heels of the recent unveiling of a resort-within-a-resort concept at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica, already the most impressive of Pueblo Bonito’s four resorts in Los Cabos. The newly minted Towers at Pacifica showcase breathtaking beachfront Pacific views, of course, but also offer world-class amenities.

Chef Octavio Hernández was lured away from Médano Beach based luxury benchmark Hacienda Beach Club’s signature restaurant to helm Península, The Towers at Pacifica’s ode to regional Baja California Sur cuisine and tropical romance. Guests in the 47 new Towers suites also have access to a VIP lounge and state-of-the-art fitness facilities, as well as tee time privileges at Nicklaus’ cliffside masterpiece, Quivira Golf Club. The presidential suite is posh even by Los Cabos standards, boasting 3,200 square feet of exquisite appointments, and round-the-clock butler service. Those on the ground floor, meanwhile, have their own butlers, plus private plunge pools, lest they have to walk 20 yards to the adults-only property’s nearest infinity pool.

Top 5 New Hotels and Resorts in Los Cabos

The Towers at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica

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Los Cabos to Host Mexico Golf Tourism Convention This Fall

International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) Event Heads to Cabo

The International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) will hold its 2nd Mexico Golf Tourism Convention in Los Cabos this fall. This premier trade event will bring together golf buyers and suppliers in a world-class destination celebrated for its great courses, ideal climate and superb amenities.

IAGTO, which has successfully staged destination conventions in Spain, Ireland, Portugal, Turkey and Tunisia, currently has 636 specialist outbound golf tour operators in 61 countries. Of these, 134 wholesalers in 31 countries feature, promote and sell golf vacations to Mexico. Many of these tour operators are located in the U.S. and Canada, each an important market for Los Cabos.      

Puerto Los Cabos will host a golf day for attendees at the 2017 IAGTO Golf Tourism Convention in Los Cabos. Photo courtesy of Greg Norman Golf Course Design.

Last year’s Mexico Golf Tourism Convention, held in Cancun and Riviera Maya, attracted 40 buyer delegates from 18 different countries. Tour operators met with supplier delegates from across Mexico, from Riviera Maya to Baja California. In addition to tourism board executives and golf resort representatives, suppliers included major hotel chains, rental car agencies and destination marketing companies.

Because of Los Cabos’s prestige as a golf destination, the number of buyer and supplier delegates is expected to increase at this year’s event.

“Los Cabos is honored to have been chosen to host IAGTO’s Mexico Golf Tourism Convention,” said Eduardo Regules Bukantz, Commercial Director of the Los Cabos Tourism Board. “This event will help to highlight why our destination is the ‘Golf Capital of Latin America.’

“Golf is one of the key drivers of tourism to Los Cabos,” Bukantz added. “We are excited to welcome top tour operators so they can see for themselves why their clientele will have a great experience on and off our fantastic golf courses.”

Peter Walton, President and Chief Executive of IAGTO, said, “I had the opportunity to visit Los Cabos for the first time in 2003, and in my opinion it stands out as one of the most spectacular golf destinations on the planet. What is particularly exciting about Los Cabos is that it has continued to evolve, adding new golf courses alongside an ever-improving infrastructure. This is why it is so important for us to showcase Los Cabos to international golf tour operators so that they can see and experience this great golf destination in order to feature, promote and sell it to their golf traveling customers.

“We will be taking around 50 hand-picked golf tour operators to Los Cabos for the 2nd annual Mexico Golf Tourism Convention at the end of October, where they will meet with members of the local golf tourism industry and plan their 2018 golf packages, group promotions and amateur tournaments,” Walton explained. “The MGTC is special in that it focuses not only on the host destination but attracts golf resorts and golf courses from across Mexico, which makes the MGTC an invaluable opportunity for suppliers and operators alike.”

 Walton reported that IAGTO operators last year took 1.9 million golfers to golf destinations around the world, spending over $2.5 billion USD. “I have no doubt that this year’s MGTC is going to have a major impact on the growth of golf travel to Mexico, and we are indebted to the Los Cabos Tourism Board for hosting the event,” he said.

The format of the Mexico Golf Tourism Convention, scheduled for October 29 – November 4, will feature a golf day for buyers (optional for suppliers) at Puerto Los Cabos; a supplier-meets-buyer “speed-dating session;” and opportunities for buyers to meet suppliers during pre-scheduled appointment sessions.

Tour operators who wish to experience Los Cabos golf first-hand can join a 3-night hosted familiarization trip following the convention. Customized itineraries will enable small groups of buyers to play selected courses among the 15 venues currently open in Los Cabos. The post-convention trip will also feature hotel site inspections and off-course attractions. 

 

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New Blue Thai Martini Bar Livens Up Los Cabos Dining, Drinking Scenes

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Always Blue

If you happen to be in Cabo San Lucas, don’t be alarmed by the audible sounds of pleasure emanating from the vicinity of Plaza Bonita. It’s nothing illicit or illegal. No bordello has opened in the commercial triangle between Starbucks, Liverpool and the broad boardwalk promenade that fringes the Marina. No hedonistic group of free love advocates has chosen the plaza’s beautiful interior courtyard as the site of their annual convention.

No, those sounds you hear are from a crowd of long-time locals, exhaling gratefully after the first sip of an expertly shaken (or for purists, stirred) martini, or gasping delightedly as forks filled with pad thai noodles reach long deprived taste buds.

It’s not an orgy…not in the traditional sense…just the grand opening of the eagerly anticipated Blue Thai Martini Bar.

If martinis and Thai food seem like commonplace pleasures hardly worth getting worked up over, welcome to Cabo, where the sophisticated and the hopelessly provincial have always existed in close proximity.

Los Cabos is currently in the midst of the biggest building boom in its history, with a luxurious new crop of resorts filling out the coastline, from the far western shores of Cabo San Lucas to the East Cape that lies beyond the border of San José del Cabo. Some of the world’s most famous brands are moving in, including Nobu, Hard Rock, Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons.

Each brings its own spectacular beachfront accommodations, its own pampering spas, and its own special access to world-class golf courses. That’s the minimum standard to compete with the international collection of luxury brands that are already here.

When it comes to the drinking and dining scene, however, Los Cabos might as well be lost in the dark ages, clinging to the farthest edge of a flat earth. For most of its tourist history, the area claimed little besides a homogenous batch of Mexican restaurants, with some mom and pop operations, some street corner taquerías, and a few marisquerías specializing in the superb local seafood.  

It’s only in the last two decades that local restaurants have embraced a more international flavor, although this “global” outreach resulted mostly in an overabundance of Italian themed bistros and pizzerias, and a roughly equal number of Japanese inspired sushi restaurants. Good luck trying to find a pierogi or a po’ boy sandwich, much less pad thai or a bowl of Vietnamese style pho soup.

The Saturday, July 22 opening of Blue Thai Martini Bar is thus a big step forward towards a more…excuse the expression….cosmopolitan future. Yes, locals and visitors alike will still be able to get their fill of fresh fish tacos and salt-rimmed margaritas, but they’ll at least have the option of something a shade more sophisticated.

New Blue Thai Martini Bar Livens Up Los Cabos Dining, Drinking Scenes

Much of the interest surrounding the grand opening of Blue Thai Martini Bar is based on the fact that it is unquestionably new; not just in the sense of a new bar and restaurant, but a new approach, a new atmosphere, a new style. There simply are no other Thai food restaurants or martini bars in Cabo San Lucas. The two ideas may not be completely original locally – others have dipped their proverbial toes in the water, albeit briefly – but Blue Thai is the first to fuse them together in one overarching concept. It feels fresh and exciting because it is.     

Set in the heart of the downtown nightlife district, Blue Thai reimagines the classic Cabo party experience. Forget tequila shots, tacos and Sammy Hagar songs. Step into a world of colorful contrasts:  where the menu is simple but the flavors never are, where strangers become friends around a communal fire pit, where jokes are told in both English and Spanish, where the ingredients are never cheap but the prices are never expensive, where the cast of characters always seems familiar but the stories never get old, where cold beers are always available but cocktails rule.

Like the old bridal saw – “something old, something new…” – Blue Thai balances the novelty of its concept with a bit of old-school seasoning, thanks to the well-established track record of its partners:  long-time Cabo Blue owners Scott and Amanda Osborne, and local men-about-town Kirk McCormick and Eric Gausepohl. All four are veterans of the local drinking and dining scene; familiar faces to both the U.S. and Canadian expat crowd, as well as the seasonal visitors who return year after year.

This experience shows in their new endeavor. Blue Thai may be minty fresh, but it also showcases some of the signature elements that have made Cabo Blue a perennially popular downtown hangout since it opened in 2011.

Daily specials and live music are the most reliable ingredients in this now time-honored formula. Each day is expected to bring new budget-friendly pleasures at Blue Thai, from Thursday Ladies’ Night staples like 2×1 martinis, to the occasional $1 drink specials and discounted menu items.  Televised sporting events can also be counted on, from UFC action to Monday Night Football; and weekends will bring live music from a host of local performers, ranging from romantic balladeers to rollicking rock n’ rollers.

New Blue Thai Martini Bar Livens Up Los Cabos Dining, Drinking Scenes

As of today, Land’s End residents (however temporary) can sample and savor edamame, wontons, fresh basil rolls, pho soup, pad thai, red curry and masaman curry potatoes…not to mention Cosmopolitans, Lemon Drops, Espresso Martinis, Manhattans and a hundred other creative, icy cold martini style cocktails.

As of today, Blue Thai is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; with delicious daily food and drink specials, and regular live music performances.

As of today, Los Cabos becomes a little bit newer, a little bit bluer, and quite a bit more interesting.

This was a long time coming…but now it’s here.

¡Salud!  

 

Blue Thai Martini Bar is located at Plaza Bonita in downtown Cabo San Lucas. To find out more about this eagerly awaited new drinking and dining spot, call (624)  143-7323, visit bluethaicabo.com, or go to www.facebook.com/BlueThaiCabo/.

 

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The Resort At Pedregal Named Best Resort Hotel In Mexico By Travel + Leisure Readers

The luxury resort in Cabo San Lucas takes the coveted No. 1 spot as the World’s Best Resort Hotel in Mexico, and No. 28 Hotel in the World

The Resort at Pedregal, a AAA Five-Diamond, Forbes Five-Star resort in Cabo San Lucas, has been named Best Resort Hotel, Mexico in the 2017 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards readers’ survey. In addition to achieving this No. 1 place on the World’s Best list with a score of 96.88, the resort was also awarded the No. 28 spot in the 100 Best Hotels in the World ranking. This is the second time the resort has been awarded this prestigious accolade after being named No. 1 in Mexico in 2014. Readers of Travel + Leisure were invited to participate through Travel + Leisure magazine, T+L tablet editions, newsletters, social media, and travelandleisure.com. 

“Every day we wake up with the same mission: to be number one to our guests,” said General Manager Fernando Flores. “To be rewarded for our commitment as the number one resort in Mexico is a crowning achievement for all of us. We will forever shine brighter with this coveted 1st place honor.”

The Resort At Pedregal Named Best Resort Hotel In Mexico By Travel + Leisure Readers

The Resort At Pedregal was named the best resort hotel inn Mexico by the readers of Travel + Leisure.

The majestic Resort at Pedregal offers the sophisticated traveler a number of luxurious accommodations including ocean view guestrooms, beachfront suites, bi-level casitas and hillside villas, each with its own private plunge pool and Personal Concierge. Guests can spend their days indulging in the beachfront boutique’s large main pool, the 12,000-square-foot spa, Luna y Mar, where signature treatments are based on the cycles of the moon, enjoy champagne and mole pairings at the Champagne Terrace, and more. The backdrop is a stunning location nestled on the region’s most coveted parcel of land – an extraordinary, 24-acre site at the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula.

Guests at The Resort at Pedregal will enjoy the incredible natural ambiance of El Farallon, the resort’s award-winning alfresco cliff-side and oceanfront restaurant. Stocked daily with bounty from local fishermen, El Farallon has become a hallmark of exquisite dining. The resort’s sought-after restaurant, Don Manuel´s, is designed in the style of an authentic Mexican hacienda and serves dishes with a focus on local, organic products grown specifically for the restaurant and prepared using old world techniques in a modern setting.

With the new Beyond the Beach: Baja Luxploration program, the resort offers discerning jetsetters the ultimate in curated travel with a variety of new, one-of-a-kind experiences highlighting the magical spontaneity of Baja’s diverse landscape. From swimming with whale sharks and snorkeling with sea lions to surfing coveted breaks, the elite destination has enlisted a roster of naturalists and pro adventurers to check off the boldest of bucket lists. The resort has insider access to naturalists, adventurers, farmers and artisans, who lend their know-how and personal narrative, adding substance and character to each experience. And in the true Resort at Pedregal spirit, itineraries are luxuriously tailored from high-level culinary menus to post-journey pampering.

“Travel + Leisure’s annual World’s Best Awards provide a picture of what the world’s most discerning travelers are finding most satisfying in travel right now. What’s clear to me this year is how much they are drawn to experiences that aren’t just enjoyable but provide something richer—cultural immersion, mental and physical wellbeing, a true sense of adventure,” said Travel + Leisure Editor in Chief Nathan Lump. “It’s not easy to satisfy this group, but the destinations, hotels, and companies that are doing it know that today’s traveler cares about a lot more than creature comforts.”

The 2017 World’s Best Awards lists, as well as survey methodology, are currently featured on www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest and will appear in the August issue of the magazine. For more information visit www.theresortatpedregal.com.

About The Resort at Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
The majestic Resort at Pedregal lies on Cabo San Lucas’ most coveted parcel of land – an extraordinary, 24-acre site at the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. The exclusive haven, accessible only by the private Dos Mares tunnel, is just minutes from bustling downtown Cabo San Lucas, yet seemingly worlds apart. The Resort at Pedregaloffers unprecedented luxury, sophistication and personalized service from a team of Personal Concierges who are available around- the-clock to assist guests with their requests. The property boasts 113 rooms, suites and multi-bedroom residential style villas including the Dos Mares suites, two beachfront villas, Casa Bella Vista, and the presidential villa. The resort also features an award-winning signature spa, Luna y Mar, in addition to a distinctive dining program with culinary offerings including Don Manuel’s, El Farallon, Crudo and Beach Club.

About Travel + Leisure 
Travel + Leisure is the preeminent voice for the sophisticated, insatiable traveler, serving up expert intelligence and the most immersive, inspiring travel lifestyle content anywhere. Travel + Leisure captures the pure joy of discovering the pleasures the world has to offer—from art and design to shopping and style to food and wine. Whether the experience is in print or digital, T+L offers compelling reasons to get up and go. With a total global audience of more than 9 million, the Travel + Leisure portfolio includes the U.S. flagship and five international editions in Mexico, Turkey, China, India/South Asia and Southeast Asia. The U.S. edition of T+L, which launched in 1971, has an authoritative website, TravelandLeisure.com, and an extensive social media following of more than 11 million. Travel + Leisure, a Time Inc. brand, also encompasses newsletters, clubs, retail stores, and media collaborations.

 

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