It’s a shame your biggest fear when considering a vacation to Mexico is no longer Montezuma’s revenge, but rather for your personal security. After a year of travel throughout the country, my only concern was whether or not they used fresh lime juice to make my margaritas. Seriously. The U.S. Department of Defense has issued warnings against travel to 15 states in Mexico, but the other 17 have proven statistically to be safer than the US.
My mission was to discover the luxurious side of Mexico, far away from the civil hostility and spring break debauchery that has come to define the country. I found the breathtaking getaways I was looking for at The Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen, the Capella Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas and the Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, all of which have raised the standard of luxury for south of the border resorts. And they’re just a two-hour plane ride away from Houston.
Today my article that offers reviews on all 3 is running in The Houston Chronicle. Because it’s lengthy I’m going to break it up into three parts and offer you videos and pictures so you can see each come to life! Come back on the next two following Fridays to see Banyan Tree (click here for my city guide to Playa del Carmen) and The Rosewood in San Miguel (click here for the video of my Rosewood suite).
Right now, feast your eyes on The Capella Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas.
“Without any colorful visualizations, I’m just going to come out and say it: The Capella Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas was my favorite resort. I’ve been anti-Cabo for a while, so when I found myself perfectly content tucked into the Pedregal hillside, I realized they had built something special.
When I opened the hand-carved wooden door to my room, I was overwhelmed. The wooden floors, handmade furniture and iron chandelier defined a contemporary living room that opened to a patio with an infinity plunge pool and fire pit. To complete the picture, there are three other fixtures worth mentioning: a one-of-a-kind driftwood headboard, an oversize claw-foot tub and a bottle of Don Julio tequila for complimentary sipping.
During the day, I passed the hours chatting with other guests by the infinity pool or taking little excursions.
The concierge arranged kayaking and snorkeling off property, which I highly recommend, and I enjoyed running through the neighborhood of private houses behind us. Golfers will be impressed with the sprawling course, and the celestial Auriga spa has the remedy for anyone who gets a little too much sun.
By night, you could find me three courses deep in amazingly fresh and traditional dishes from on-site restaurants Don Manuel’s and El Farallon. Perched atop a cliff and lit with candles, El Farallon sets up one of the most romantic dining experiences in Mexico. Here they let you pick your own fish from the day’s catch and select its preparation. Here they let you pick your own fish from the day’s catch and select its preparation.
Barbecues on the beach often are scheduled, or you can have the concierge set up a private one for you. And whatever you do, don’t leave the Capella without having a s’more.
Barbecues on the beach often are scheduled, or you can have the concierge set up a private one for you. And whatever you do, don’t leave the Capella without having a s’more.” (Originally published in The Houston Chronicle)
Below is a video tour of my gorgeous Estrella suite, which is their standard room if you can believe that! What I didn’t have room to say in the article:
The rate for the room starts at $1200. Other beachfront suites are obviously more expensive, but unless you need the extra space I would recommend not staying on the beach. The winds are so strong that it can shake the doors and be really loud at night.
Check out pics from the press trip I took to the property. You’ll see my fire pit, many of the delicious dishes I devoured, our beach bbq, and more! Click the first picture to get a light box slide show.
To read my entire article on all 3 Mexican resorts I love at Chron.com, click here. Next week I’ll post the segment on The Rosewood San Miguel and the following you’ll see Banyan Tree in Playa del Carmen.
(Full disclosure: Media discount was extended by The Capella Pedregal.)