Carretera Transpeninsular 3.5 Kilometers
Cabo San Lucas,
BCS, Mexico 23140
On 17 secluded acres overlooking the Sea of Cortez stands the boutique Esperanza Resort, an intimate and idyllic five star, five diamond hideaway that embodies the essence of the Baja coast. Built in 2002, the Esperanza serves as a playground for the rich and famous (Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan) looking for privacy. Even when the 56 casita suites are full, the resort feels half-empty and there’s always a teak chaise lounge to lie on or an available table for drinks and dinner.
The rooms: The accommodations are typical of the area: terra-cotta floors, large open spaces with over sized windows and doors that can be opened to reveal panoramic views. Luxury abounds from the goose down duvets and crisp French linens to the grand soaking tub and an array of aromatic botanically pure bath salts that the resort produces on site. All rooms offer terraces with comfortable lounges and hammocks. Rooms located on the top level of the six casitas feature their own infinity-edge hot tub on the terrace. At night, I docked by iPod in their state of the art stereo system, bathed in the hot tub, read and looked at the numerous stars. It’s heaven.
The amenities: From frozen fruit popsicles and aloe ice cubes that are served on a silver tray at the large double-edged infinity pool to the complimentary fully-loaded iPods that guests can use during their stay, the butlers and staff cater the experience to your liking. At breakfast, the restaurant serves complimentary amuse bouche smoothies and muffins that hit the spot after a jog around their several winding paths.
The spa: If you haven’t relaxed enough by the pool, the resort’s signature spa treatments are the finest way to pamper yourself. Located in its own casita, the spa facilities feature a steam cave, sunning garden and tranquil rock garden zen-like spaces to relax. The individual treatment houses are elegantly appointed with tumbled stone and calming colors. Their papaya plus enzyme peel is two hours of deep facial cleansing that feels like taking off years of dead skin. A number of treatments feature Corona beer, which helps to refine pores while tightening and lifting the skin. Many treatments are offered and also for couples to experience at the same time.
Dining: The Restaurant Esperanza serves as the main dining venue, which is completely outdoors and built on a large over sized stone patio. Specialties include fresh local seasonal cuisine that comes from local Baja suppliers. Vegetables are organic, and the fish is locally caught.
The Bottom Line: Prices range from $375 to $8,500. If you’re looking for something secluded, remote and luxurious the Esperanza Resort is perfect.