This is a description of a visit to the place most often cited as the number one-ranked resort in North America--Las Ventanas al Paraiso, between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.
"May I clean your sunglasses, sir?"
My girlfriend Sylvia and I exchanged quizzical looks at the poolside request from the resort employee—we had only arrived that day and had not yet fallen into deep relaxation mode. Soon enough, though, our every care had melted away as we allowed ourselves to be swallowed up by the sumptuous environment.
Exclusive yet friendly, fun yet sophisticated, stylish yet playful, Las Ventanas may be in danger of being all things to all people. Indeed, it's as close to the perfect vacation experience as many travelers are wont to have.
Las Ventanas al Paraiso (The Windows on Paradise) is a haven of beauty and luxury between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo at the tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. From the moment we stepped through the crowd of taxi touts at the airport and into our waiting luxury car and were handed bottles of cold water and mints for the short 20-minute drive to the resort, we knew that we were in for a treat.
We were invited to have lunch by the poolside Sea Grill while our room was prepared. The ceviche was outstanding, and the main courses were prepared with flair and style. Oh, and they tasted great, too. This was our first exposure to the resort’s legendary attention to service, and though the staff set the bar high to begin with, they consistently surprised us with their friendliness of spirit.
Likewise, our room exceeded our high expectations. The designer clearly had an impeccable eye for detail in the furnishing and finishing touches (like soaps, shampoos, and the aromatherapy candles we selected each evening). The view from our patio, looking out over the pool, beach, and ocean, was outstanding, and on the top level we enjoyed our own private rooftop terrace—perfect for a sundown cocktail or a cold Pacifico. From the top, we considered our favored position: the whitewashed exteriors blended beautifully into the landscape, while the azure waters provided a stark contrast to the parched desert. The staff would even arrange private rooftop dining by request.
In keeping with its reputation as a premier destination resort, Las Ventanas offers a top-shelf dining experience, along with all the other amenities. In short, there is no need to pay for a ridiculously overpriced taxi to head into Cabo San Lucas or San Jose del Cabo. Instead, relax and stick around, confident that you’re getting the best that fusion Baja-Mediterranean cuisine has to offer. The service was impeccable, the views outstanding, the live piano and jazz soothing, and the dishes sumptuous. The seafood was fresh, the filet mignon tender and flavorful, the pasta slightly al dente, and the desserts delicious.
Each day we would arise with grand plans to explore more of the area, such as ambling through San Jose del Cabo, going saltwater fishing, or renting a couple of sea kayaks. However, each day we would ultimately ask ourselves, "Why leave?" With only a long weekend to spare, we needed to spend 100% of our time enjoying the best spot in Los Cabos. While Las Ventanas’ proximity to the best of what Baja has to offer (whether it’s the expat fiesta scene, whale-watching in the winter, kayaking in the spring and fall, or year-round fishing) makes it a good choice for the active travel enthusiast who wants to have his cake and eat it too, though a week-long trip makes these options more feasible. As such, the only dilemma was where, exactly, this "best spot" was: reading a book in the in-pool seating area while sipping a margarita, lounging on our roof deck, lying on the beach, or throwing your diet out the window in the restaurant? And I didn’t even mention the numerous spa and massage options. Either way, Las Ventanas is a recipe for a can’t-miss perfect Baja getaway.
Los Cabos is a short 3-hour flight from the Bay Area, or 2 hours from southern California. We found an affordable fare from Oakland on Allegro Airlines, with a direct flight on a new, clean plane. The same plane continues on to Puerto Vallarta after a short layover in Los Cabos.
Las Ventanas is part of the Rosewood Hotels group, whose properties include a selection of the premier luxury resorts in the world. Rates range from $375 for a Garden-view Junior Suite in summer to $4,300 for a three-bedroom Luxury Suite during the holiday season. Hotel information, including rates, photo galleries, package specials, spa offerings and activities can be found at www.lasventanas.com or by calling (52) 624.144.0300. Managing Director Luis Fernandes and his staff offer warm smiles and welcoming manners to all guests.