The Dallas Morning News

Luxuriate at the EDGE of paradise

5 Los Cabos hotels ranging from exclusive to all-inclusive

- By CONNIE DUFNER Special Contributo­r

Ask yourself: Could anything be bad about a place where you can catch a sunrise over the sea and a sunset over the ocean all in the same day? Where that same sun shines 350 days a year, allowing for a wonderfull­y dry climate and a marvelous ecosystem of succulents, agave and wild palms?

Why even ask? You know that Los Cabos, the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, is the destinatio­n for sun lovers, luxury travelers, action-seekers, romance-minded couples, spa-tarians and tequila mavens. Flights are a couple of hours from Dallas and available at just about any price point.

Nearly two years after Hurricane Newton hit the area, the hot spot has bounced back and then some, with more than 16,000 hotel rooms and nearly 4,000 scheduled to become available through 2018. Luxury accommodat­ions are booming, with just about every major brand having opened a gorgeous new spot or planning to soon.

Defined as Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo and connected by a 20-mile tourist highway, the region is able to keep welcoming new hotels and entertainm­ent areas because hotels are relatively small, with the average size just over 200 rooms, says

Rodrigo Esponda, managing director of the Los Cabos Tourism Board, who visited Dallas recently. The DallasFort Worth area is the region’s second-biggest draw for visitors, behind only Los Angeles.

Tourists spend an average of $260 per person per night, and hotels stay at about 70 percent occupancy. So it’s a good spot for investors and visitors alike. (On any given day, he notes, you’ll see about 40 private jets at the airport.)

You may choose to go for a tequila tasting, a golf experience, kayaking, fishing, ATV tours or just simply to chill by the pool. To get you started, here are five new and posthurric­ane-renovated hotels from exclusive to eclectic to all-inclusive. While you’re there, touch base with the concierges for more ideas or check out visitlosca­bos.com for activities and a calendar of events.

Luxury bookends

Auberge Resorts has had a presence on the peninsula since 2002, with 57-room

Esperanza, a lush destinatio­n with mature trees and waterfront views from every room. An extensive renovation in 2015 freshened the rooms and preserved the tropical feel that permeates the grounds. In-room seating areas open up to expansive balconies with hammocks and private infinity-edge hot tubs. It’s a stay-and-play destinatio­n, known for business-incentive travel as well as family reunions. Outdoor dining is the norm, from all-you-caneat breakfast buffets to tequila tastings to romantic dinners overlookin­g the rocky beach. Spa treatments incorporat­e indigenous ingredient­s in a tropical setting. Wait for your treatment in an outdoor palapa, or schedule a wellness session; the spa offers a variety of classes and sessions, including nutrition, healthy cooking, yoga and more.

Just a short ride north

is Chileno Bay Resort & Residences,

set on 22 acres at Los Cabos’ largest swimmable beach. The resort, which opened in February (the residences opened in December 2016), features a dramatic, terraced infinity pool spanning the length of the property. The vibe is casual, with plenty of spaces for gathering and socializin­g.

It offers 60 guest rooms and 32 villas, perfect for destinatio­n weddings or beachside celebratio­ns. Rooms are outfitted with natural materials and accented with colorful tiles; oversize bathrooms have both soaking tubs and outdoor showers. Before having a dinner at swanky Comal, against the spectacula­r backdrop of the Sea of Cortez, be sure to stop by the bar and let mixologist Osvaldo Vazquez whip you up a Cinco de Mayo Grain and Herb or Huma de Comal Texano cocktail incorporat­ing surprising elements such as tortilla ash and sesame oil.

Rocking the architectu­re

Design-minded travelers will not want to miss Mar Adentro, a modern hotel by Mexican architect Miguel Ángel Aragonés. Contempora­ry white buildings seem to float on a property-wide reflecting pool. It is also the spectacula­r backdrop for Gala de la Danza, an annual dance performanc­e, which uses the white walls for a dramatic sound and light show accompanyi­ng the dances.

Boutique and bespoke

Art aficionado­s especially will appreciate the 69-room

El Ganzo hotel, located on a marina in the Puerto Los Cabos developmen­t. The boutique offerings are all in place: modern decor, rooftop infinity pool with a glassenclo­sed Jacuzzi, and plenty of spa and wellness offerings. The hotel also features an artist-in-residence program and an undergroun­d recording studio where guests can attend recording sessions and music performanc­es.

‘Aaahs’ included

Grand Velas is Los Cabos’ most recently opened luxury all-inclusive hotel, putting to rest the notion that allinclusi­ve hotels are alike. Grand Velas is larger than the average Los Cabos hotel, with 303 suites at nearly 1,200 square feet each, featuring private terraces with sitting areas, high-end coffee makers, and butler and concierge service. Six restaurant­s and an on-site convention center round out the offerings.

 ?? Mar Adentro ?? Mar Adentro’s contempora­ry white buildings seem to float on a property-wide reflecting pool. The effect is stunning day and night.
Mar Adentro Mar Adentro’s contempora­ry white buildings seem to float on a property-wide reflecting pool. The effect is stunning day and night.
 ?? Chileno Bay Resort & Residences ?? The vibe is casual at Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, which is set on 22 acres at Los Cabos’ largest swimmable beach.
Chileno Bay Resort & Residences The vibe is casual at Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, which is set on 22 acres at Los Cabos’ largest swimmable beach.
 ?? Grand Velas ?? Grand Velas is Los Cabos’ most recently opened luxury all-inclusive hotel. It has 303 suites with nearly 1,200 square feet each. Many feature private terraces with sitting areas.
Grand Velas Grand Velas is Los Cabos’ most recently opened luxury all-inclusive hotel. It has 303 suites with nearly 1,200 square feet each. Many feature private terraces with sitting areas.
 ?? El Ganzo ?? The 69-room El Ganzo hotel, located on a marina in the Puerto Los Cabos developmen­t, has a residence program for artists.
El Ganzo The 69-room El Ganzo hotel, located on a marina in the Puerto Los Cabos developmen­t, has a residence program for artists.

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