LATIN LUXURY

Where can you go for a few days of rest and relaxation that can actually seem like so much more? Join Lance Avery Morgan as he jaunts to the famed Esperanza resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico… the destination of the rich, celebrated and those who seek secluded luxury at its chicest. 

We all know there are more luxurious resorts in Cabo than just about anywhere else in Mexico. In fact, it has become the billionaire’s playground, as well as a popular destination with jet-setting Texans. It is close and convenient to us since Cabo is really Baja California, plus the warm and inviting allur of Mexican resorts is irresistible. The glam strip of beach land connects the towns of San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. There you will find a resort like no other… Esperanza.

Esperanza, Spanish for “hope”, is an Auberge resort that leads the way in ascribing to Cabo’s luxe point of view as both a romantic rendezvous property with spacious casitas and suites, while some of the private residences are available for stays, too, and are and family-friendly. It represents the best of Cabo as you are pampered from the moment of your arrival with a margarita and guacamole upon checking into your accommodation. “Relaxing, spa, golf and fishing is what Cabo is all about,” says, Hector Hernandez, the resort’s sales and events manager.

Once arrive in Cabo, a 30-minute drive along the area takes you directly to the resort. When I was picked up by the resort, a cold water bottle and finger towel awaited me in the resort’s Escalade. Those small details set the exemplary standard for the rest of the trip. The Sea of Cortez, on the Pacific side, is the body of water that captures your attention from any vantage point upon arrival at Esperanza. Beyond that is the full majestic ocean view.

A modern, yet traditional perspective of Mexico is the Esperanza’s signature – the main reason tycoons and movie stars like it so much. This is not your father’s Cabo. This mix helps to create an authentic ambiance to make every guest feel at home since the suites and rooms are environments make them perfect for lingering with their ubiquitous ocean view. Each suite or villa provides a private terrace with outdoor seating, original Mexican artwork. down bedding and luxury linens, custom bath and body products, a flat screen TV, DVD and stereo with an iPod docking station, complimentary wireless internet, a Mini-bar and in-room safe and the expected, personal concierge services. Want to live like a billionaire? It’s all here; paradise found.

Before arrival, you’ll be contacted by email by your personal assistant (your especially dedicated concierge) at the resort to take care of any advance needs you might have. Service with a smile is putting it lightly with the friendly staff that is always within eyesight for anything you desire from the hotel.

The resort is within close to the town’s marina where you can take in the flair of Old Mexico with the wares of the local artisans. You can enjoy yacht clubs in the heart of the Cabo Marina, where you can board a sport cruiser as the sun sets after a long day in the sun.

The main pool, all with terraced ocean views, await you. A special poolside kiddie area separately accommodates the family minded, too, in the resort’s residence section. You can sun, then take a dip into the pool while the servers can bring you anything you want, too, of course. Just name your pleasure in this swimsuit and flip-flop paradise. “We love being able to offer diverse exercise classes like yoga, boot camp and so many more,” offers spa director Jose Ramon Garcia. With these classes and the spa, we try to anticipate every need of our guests.”

After the workout and when you want to be pampered, saunter into the The Spa at Esperanza, with its signature hand-crafted botanical treatments. The spa features several treatment rooms, including a, a large soaking pool, an outdoor shower and a private sunbathing area. The Spa offers a selection of natural healing agents, indigenous to the region, to create a delightful palette of enriching and fun spa treatments. Fresh fruits, sea greens, desert herbs, and minerals provide some of the ingredients for a unique reinvigoration for the body and nourishment of the skin. After your treatment, continue the calm in the Jacuzzi and heated sauna, or dip in the freshwater pool just steps away. Every treatment is spectacular and the one I recommend is the relaxing massage. At 90 minutes, it is Heaven on earth.

Dining on the beach is possible, too, for any evening that can instantly transform into a special occasion. “We have live music almost every night and the variety of that keeps our guests entertained, along with events that are seasonal,” says Weiss.

Want to do more than sun by the pool among your fellow bold and beautiful guests? You can run along the beach’s azure blue water at sunrise like I did, but not too close since the ocean’s swell can be dicey. Or, you can go deep-sea fishing or snorkeling on a boat the resort can arrange for you, too. Call it a couture vacation of doing whatever you want. Everything is possible here.

Picturing your next trip here yet? This can be yours when you are set to jet to the paradise that is Esperanza.

HACIENDA’S HIDEAWAY

As you enjoy your visit to Cabo, hop over to the nearby Hacienda Beach Club and Residences for a scenery change if you prefer. It is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and is fabled as one of the earliest Rat Pack destination getaways in the 1960’s. The resort’s world-class restaurant, Cocina y Cantina, is sure to please with an enticing array of seafood and Mexican specialties, along with a view of Medano and the ocean beyond that. Located on the quarter-mile of beach in Cabo San Lucas and overlooking the iconic rock formations of Land’s End, the restaurant fuses traditional Mexican architecture with casual beachfront dining for an elegant and laid-back experience.

The menu celebrates the different regions and flavors of Mexico through authentic dishes using only the finest local ingredients. Try the mole enchiladas for a savory taste you likely have not experienced before. The extensive wine list has many Mexican wines, as well as signature margaritas and rum infusions that can suit any taste. The restaurant features open-air indoor dining replete with a Mexican mercado (or marketplace), outdoor dining on the terazza, a beachfront palapa bar and the popular “tables in the sand” area.

Within the resort is also a full-service spa with four treatment cottages, including two spa suites for couples, sauna, steam room, hot and cold plunge pools, and a menu of rejuvenating treatments and therapies steeped in Mexican traditions and rituals. The Sounds of the Sea massage, which I highly recommend, is something that can transport time and place for 80 minutes, creating a state of complete renewal along with a terrific meal.

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