Hidden Cabo

Romantic Capella Pedregal basks in Baja’s natural splendor.

Excellent deep–sea fishing lured sportsmen like John Wayne and Ernest Hemingway to the romantic ocean vistas and beautiful desert of Cabo San Lucas in the Mexican state of Baja California for rest, relaxation and seclusion.

Today, Hollywood A-listers and savvy travelers, come to this exotic coastal town to get away from it all, recharge and rejuvenate. And there is no better romantic hideaway on the Baja peninsula to unwind in style than the intimate Capella Pedregal, located a short walk from downtown Cabo San Lucas.

First impressions are everything, of course, and the Capella Pedregal is decidedly dramatic. Guests arrive via a private 1,000-foot tunnel entrance, carved into Pedregal Mountain and lit by torches and chandeliers.

You gaze at the panoramic views of the cliffs and the turquoise sea as a welcoming butler offers a handcrafted margarita. The interior exudes the vibe of a luxury Mexican hacienda with indigenous plants and stones, hand-carved wooded headboards,  locally made ceramic tiles, beamed ceilings and wrought-iron chandeliers. Modern touches include deep soaking tubs, wonderfully soft linens, plasma televisions and Bose iPod docks. It is difficult to tear away from your private terrace, with postcard-perfect Pacific views. Relax around the private plunge pool, fire pit, hammock in the private courtyard in the back.

The public areas are amazing as well, including the infinity pool, gardens and spa. The 12,000-square-foot Auriga spa seduces with a Julian Farel hair and makeup salon, and eight treatment “pods,” that float on a pool surrounded by waterfalls, encouraging  guests to swim to their treatment rooms. Designed by renowned spa designer Sylvia Sepielli, the spa features treatments created by UK-based Organic Pharmacy and reflects the different phases of the moon, based on the energies of  the lunar cycle.  The state-of-the-art gym is staffed with well-versed fitness trainers.

Executive Chef Marco Bustamonte oversees Capella Pedregal’s three dining venues that evoke a true Baja feel. The signature restaurant, Don Manuel’s, is named after the hotel owner’s family patriarch and is located at the heart of the resort.  Cuisine at Don Manuel’s uses local organic ingredients grown specifically for the resort, and prepared in modern interpretations of long-standing techniques. El Farallón,  Spanish for “a rock that comes out of the ocean,” is a sophisticated  al fresco restaurant overlooking the ocean, specializing in fresh local fish. The Beach Club is informal and located poolside, and features coastal Baja favorites. I must say that Bustamonte makes one of the best ceviches I’ve ever had.

Ask for the beachfront suites that are just steps from the sand and offer private beach butler service. Yet any suite at this intimate romantic property is perfect. The finely appointed suites and rooms sets the stage for a romantic and relaxing sojourn, and the attentive and warm staff intuitively meet guest wishes and needs.

Capella Pedregal
Camino Del Mar 1, Cabo San Lucas
(624)163-4300
capellahotels.com/cabosanlucas


WHERE TO EAT OFF PROPERTY

Nick-San
A short stroll through Capella Pedregal’s tunnel and through a colorful neighborhood is  Nick-San sushi. Locals and visitors worship the ultra-fresh Baja-inspired sushi and sashimi, which Nick-San’s owner Angel Carbajal often catches the fish himself aboard his boat named  Spicy Tuna. (624) 143-2491.
nicksan.com.

Bar Esquina
Locally sourced organic ingredients and Mediterranean influences draw foodies to this soulful restaurant located at Hotel Bahia near Médano Beach. Live music sets the tone as chef Andrew Masciangelo (alumni of Nobu and Le Cirque) prepares fresh fish, pastries and quality mesquite-grilled meat dishes. Sit fireside with a stylish cocktail and watch the parade of fabulous dishes come out of the open kitchen. Be sure to try the tuna tartare. (624) 143-1889.
baresquina.com.

Mi Casa Restaurant
Enjoy the authentic environment, live music and savor the delicious, handcrafted house margaritas at Mi Casa. The wildly talented chef creates traditional Mexican cuisine made from scratch daily. Do not miss the homemade tortillas or any of the fresh fish, chicken and meat dishes. At Mi Casa, life is good. (624) 143-1933.
micasarestaurant.com.mx.