Otherworldly Escape

A beautifully designed resort along Mexico’s Baja Peninsula leaves a harmonious and breathtaking impression

 

Written by Amy Adams

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A trip to lovely and warm Cabo San Lucas always feels like a fortunate contradiction. It feels far from home, but is only a breezy two-hour flight away from John Wayne Airport. The 30-minute commute from the airport to the newly built Grand Velas Los Cabos resort, meanwhile, is scenic: a mesmerizing sprawl of rambling oceanside resorts amid rolling desert hills. 

Greeting me at my destination—the fifth property for Velas Resorts—is what feels like my own personal entourage, but it is the site before me that’s most captivating: a dramatic, three-story open-air entrance and beautifully architected corridor framing a panoramic crystalline view directly to the ocean. Everything about this space feels lavish and luxurious. From here, I’m directed to a quaint sitting area overlooking the grounds with views beyond, while a concierge takes my information. With a frothy, fruity beverage in-hand, I embrace this moment of relaxation, take in the oasis not far below, and surrender to what will be a few days of decadent indulgences.

On the way to my suite, I observe a surprising juxtaposition of contemporary design and traditional Mexican architecture. Walkways mostly light in color are earthy, unimposing and possess an adobe-like feel in contrast to a prominent and sleek gray staircase adorned with large, brilliant glass accents. Every space here exudes something sensational, including my accommodations, the focal point of which is none other than the ocean blue. (One sees the same striking scenario from every suite at the resort.) Punctuating the expansive, nearly 1,200-square-foot space is a private terrace. The feel is absolutely grand. The interior emphasizes and echoes the illustrious exterior aesthetic: bed linens and tapestries are soft and luxurious, with dark wood walls and glossy cement floors appearing more modern—special touches all complemented by nature just outside the door. 

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With such a beautiful arrangement, I contemplate whether to leave my suite, ultimately conjuring the motivation for a dip in one of the resort’s oceanfront infinity pools, which is as replete as my suite. As such, my daily routine begins with a leisure lounge poolside, under the warm sun, sipping a crafty beverage and noshing on ceviche, followed by a pampering trip to the spa before dinner. The Organic Blue Agave Massage is my go-to remedy for its ultra-relaxing and healing benefits, but the highlight of each spa experience is an extravagant plunge in the hydrotherapy pools. 

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In addition to the resort’s impressive design and architecture, it’s of no surprise that there are also five unique and gourmet restaurants on the property: Cocina de Autor, helmed by two-star Michelin chef Sidney Schutte, whose artful cuisine is inspired by his Dutch heritage and travels through Asia; Piaf for French fare; Italian and Mediterranean resto Lucca; Frida, which serves Mexican food; and Velas 10, specializing in seafood and steak. Amat Café; Cabrilla, a fun ceviche bar; and Azul, just steps from the sand and great for breakfast, are casual dining options. Specialty libations are also abundant, with premium tequila varieties plentiful. But what I imbibe most is the vast array of wines curated by noted sommelier Don Pedro Poncelis Brambila; the selections are a pleasant surprise, with one to complement each of my meals. 

It’s never easy to say good-bye to such a carefree trip, but I do so indulged and rejuvenated from an experience that may well become a tradition of my own.

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Photos courtesy of Grand Velas/Victor Elias