Along the Sea of Cortez, there’s a magical stretch of Baja California peninsula known as Los Cabos, Mexico. A bevy of resorts abound, offering postcard sunrises, turquoise-blue waters and unforgettable experiences — so many that choosing where to hang your snorkel and fins can prove overwhelming. For a long while, at the top of this list has been Esperanza, an Auberge Resorts property recently garnering Travel + Leisure’s Top 10 Resort Hotels in Mexico for 2017. In keeping with the Auberge level of luxurious excellence, the resort's service and amenities leave you barely lifting a finger. When its “little sister” down the road, Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, debuted last winter, discerning travelers fell in love all over again. Whether it’s for your honeymoon, anniversary or perhaps a Tuesday, this 1,200-acre piece of modern paradise never ceases to amaze.
At each of the spacious 60 guest rooms and 32 villas (three to six bedrooms complete with kitchens and living quarters), personal concierges greet guests with welcome drinks during check-in. Open floor plans boast floor-to-ceiling windows and secluded outdoor areas with panoramic views. Deep soaking tubs, private outdoor showers and organic amenities come standard, and in-room spa services are also available. The impeccably stylized rooms are well-appointed with remote-controlled blackout blinds, espresso machines and Bluetooth sound systems. Nightly turndown services invite peaceful slumber in sumptuous bedding — the perfect complement to those breathtaking Baja sunrises.
Executive chef Yvan Mucharraz’s team embraces sustainable principles and sources locally for the award-winning Latin cuisine at Chileno’s two open-air restaurants. Comal’s beachside dining sets the tone from breakfast to late-night cocktails while TnT’s tacos and other casual fare can be enjoyed at the rustic beachfront bar or poolside. From an extensive tequila and mezcal selection to rarities such as the indigenous fish Totoaba, you’ll want to savor chef Yvan’s creativity by sharing several dishes. Add to the experience by arranging for a romantic campfire dinner right on the beach and under the stars.
The family-friendly resort is centered around a series of infinity pools surrounded by personal cabanas and lounge chairs. The adults-only pool and Jacuzzi virtually spills into the Sea of Cortez, where every day at 5 p.m, a floating bar comes to you. An activity center, complete with pilates and yoga studios, offers a wealth of classes. While the movie theater and kids' center are popular for those seeking respite from the sun, the H2O Cave is a water sports haven, offering snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking and clear-bottom canoes. Book a private yacht or deep-sea fishing excursion to explore Chileno Bay, hike the nearby desert trails or play a round of golf on the private Tom Fazio golf course.
Infusing natural elements from the Baja region, The Auberge Los Cabos Spa Resort at Chileno Bay makes each experience unique. Starting in the mist alcove and finishing in the reflexology pool, guests are also encouraged to visit the salt inhalation room, the aromatherapy steam room and ice fountain for relaxation and meditation prior to signature treatments. These moments of zen may even be enjoyed as a personal practice without spa treatments. Don’t forget to check out the spa boutique where local finds can help you create a spa day at home to ease back into everyday life.
Carretera Transpeninsular San Jose-San Lucas Km. 15
Playa Chileno Bay
Cabo San Lucas, BCS 23410, Mexico
Photographs courtesy of Auberge Resorts