Los Cabos, Mexico has long been heralded as one of the best destinations in Mexico. With beautiful, sunny beaches overlooking the Pacific Ocean and high-end resorts and spas, it’s hard to not have a relaxing vacation here. The only challenge is where to stay. There are three top-quality luxury resorts that are considered the cream of the crop in Los Cabos: Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Esperanza and One&Only Palmilla.
I have not had the privilege of vacationing in Los Cabos yet so I have deferred to a few of my travel advisors, some of my dearest friends who honeymooned in Los Cabos, to break it down for me on exactly which luxury resort is truly the best of the best. Everyone has their own opinions, and you can’t go wrong with any of these, but if it were my vacation, this is what I would consider when making my decision on where to stay.
One&Only Palmilla: No question this is a beautiful resort. It has a wonderful swimming beach, several pools, including an adult-only pool, and several restaurants right on the property. But, and this is a big but for me, it’s big and has that resort feel to it. My idea of a real vacation is a small, quiet bungalow where you feel like you are next to nowhere. Palmilla has all the amenities you could ask for, just not the quiet, relaxing vibe I always seek in a beach vacation.
Esperanza: Esparanza has that old-Mexico feel to it. It’s smaller, with only 57 rooms, and has top-notch service and an excellent spa. The views, like at the other two resorts, are amazing, overlooking the Sea of Cortez. You can stay in one of the Haciendas, which sits on the bluffs over the Sea, for ultimate privacy and romance. The only problem with Esperanza is that it is an older resort and appears a bit out-dated.
Las Ventanas al Paraiso: This is it guys. The ultimate Los Cabos resort and spa. Sign me up now please for a week of utter bliss and relaxation. This contemporary resort has it all: nice swimming beach, boutique-feel, quiet, great for couples, excellent restaurants and superb service. The suites are huge, with private patios overlooking the ocean. You will be waited on hand and foot and still feel like you have complete privacy. All surrounded by the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. It’s a perfect destination for a romantic getaway. I’m not the only one who puts Las Ventanas at the top of the list. Globorati includes the five-star resort in its list of top ten hottest playground for couples. And journeyPod ranks Las Ventanas as one of the best honeymoon spots.
So there you have it. Las Ventanas is the clear front-runner and the place to stay in Los Cabos. But, be sure you experience the other two resorts by dining at their restaurants. Each has one in particular that you shouldn’t miss. Palmilla is blessed with Market by one of my favorite chefs, Jean-Georges. He pairs his infamous pan-asian cuisine with a Mexican flair to bring out the local flavors. Esperanza also has a restaurant worthy of writing home about: El Restaurante. Built into the bluffs overlooking the Sea of Cortez, you’ll enjoy the magnificent views over the ocean while enjoying tasty seafood made with local spices.
For top luxury amidst Mexican hospitality and beauty, Las Ventanas in Los Cabos is the place to stay. With almost 360 days of sunshine, Los Cabos is a perfect beach vacation any time of the year. So what are you waiting for?