Shivani Vora
Sep 2020

Los Cabos, on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, never seems to go out of style. Celebrities and jet-setters continuously flock here for the scenic setting, perpetually sunny days, abundance of activities, and fantastic restaurants. But Cabo is also enjoying a new wave of buzzy hotel openings adding to its already robust lineup. Combine that with existing properties debuting excursions that show off the region’s diversity and culture, and you have a popular getaway spot that’s reinvigorated and ripe for rediscovery.

“Cabo started to reinvent itself after Hurricane Odile in 2014, which caused so much devastation,” says Zachary Rabinor, founder of Journey Mexico, which organizes luxury trips to the country. “All of its high-end resorts are a big part of the appeal. And now the accommodation ante has been upped even more, along with an interest in the area itself.”

Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos debuted less than one year ago, on October 1, 2019, and is among the more elaborate of the new properties. Situated in Cabo’s virtually undeveloped East Cape (a 75-minute drive north of San José del Cabo), the hotel is part of Costa Palmas, a development that will eventually be home to outposts of Aman and Soho House.

Image courtesy of Four Seasons / Christian Horan Photography

The 141-room Four Seasons has no shortage of amenities, including four swimming pools, an 18-hole golf course, spa complex with outdoor treatment rooms, and Estiatorio Milos, the upscale Greek seafood eatery that has locations in Montreal, New York and Athens. But the key allure is its location on the Sea of Cortez, a body of water that’s swimmable, compared with the rough Pacific where the bulk of Cabo’s resorts are found.

Four Seasons is also near Cabo Pulmo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts an abundance of marine life and coral reefs and is known for having some of the world’s most incredible snorkeling and scuba diving. Many travelers to Cabo, even regulars, miss coming here because of its distance from the main tourist corridor, but at the Four Seasons, it’s just a stone’s throw away.

Near San José del Cabo, Zadún, the fifth addition to The Ritz-Carlton’s elite Reserve portfolio, is another new property with eye-candy appeal. Set amid more than 20 acres of beachfront with a towering steel cube as its design centerpiece, the property includes all the features expected in a five-star Cabo resort but, in typical Ritz Reserve style, they’re elevated a notch. The smallest of the 115 rooms and 42 villas is a generous 800 square feet, and all have ocean views, large terraces and plunge pools. 

image courtesy of Nobu Hotel Los Cabos / Victor Elias Photography

The 30,000-square-foot spa includes a pool complete with bubble beds and hydrotherapy. And guests are assigned a tosoani, a private butler of sorts who tends to their every request, whether that means another round of margaritas, more sunscreen, or reservations at the latest It Restaurant.

A half-hour south, toward Cabo San Lucas, lies another new gem, Nobu Hotel Los Cabos. An outpost of the brand backed by chef Nobu Matsuhisa and actor Robert De Niro, the 200-room property features a Zen-like aesthetic fusing Japanese minimalism and Mexican tradition. There’s a branch of Nobu restaurant, of course, but guests can also stop by sustainably sourced farm-to-table eatery Malibu Farm for a healthy food fix. The menu’s vegan coconut tofu and spaghetti squash lasagna have fast become crowd-pleasers.

During whale-watching season (December through April), be sure to book a Nobu suite: With panoramic views of the Pacific, these rooms offer fantastic opportunities for spotting the majestic mammals. And yes, all suites are stocked with binoculars.

Image courtesy of Waldorf Astoria / Edgardo Contreras

New hotels aside, established properties are showcasing new ways to explore the Baja California Peninsula. After taking over a resort built along a rock formation overlooking the ocean, Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal—the brand’s first location in Mexico—has since upgraded the spa with several relaxing treatments inspired by indigenous Mexican culture and the lunar cycle.

However, real immersion is found in the Waldorf’s Beyond the Beach adventures. These private excursions include a visit to a local school to have lunch with students, a reef cruise, or a day trip to the artsy seaside town of Todos Santos to peruse its charming art galleries.

Image courtesy of Montage Barbara Kraft

Montage and Solaz have also recently introduced private guided tours. At Montage, you can enjoy the landscape by surfing near hidden beaches, biking in the hills and sleeping in the property’s new luxury tent in the mountains, your own butler in tow. Solaz’s options include a desert hike to view centuries-old rock paintings carved by the area’s indigenous people and a visit to the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range to swim in thermal waters.

“Travelers to Cabo, especially repeat guests, tend not to venture beyond their resorts because there are so many diversions to keep them put,” says Steve Harris, an advisor with Travel Provocateur who frequently sells upscale Cabo trips. “Now they have an incentive to get out and explore a region of Mexico that’s rich in so many ways. It’s another reason to love Cabo and keep coming back.”

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