The Los Cabos area at the tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula remains one of my favorite beach destinations. I reported on my six days at the Hilton Los Cabos in October 2012. Last month, I returned to Los Cabos again and spent three amazing days at the Las Ventanas al Paraiso Resort. This luxury property is next door to the Hilton, but is an entirely different and even more relaxing experience. Las Ventanas al Paraiso means “windows to paradise,” and the name coudn’t be more appropriate.
Las Ventanas, a Rosewood Resort, is the only AAA Five Diamond property in the Los Cabos area. It has won praise from leading travel publications, and U.S. News recently named it the best resort in Cabo San Lucas. The hotel features 71 suites, a newly renovated spa, fitness center, and three restaurants. The design of the resort is a series of two-story buildings spread across a slight hill overlooking the Sea of Cortez. There are multiple pools, including one for families and one that is reserved exclusively for adults.
Upon arrival at Las Ventanas, you are immediately greeted by friendly staff and seated in the open air lobby while the front desk attendant checks you into your room. While you wait, you are served a margarita and encouraged to enjoy the view toward the Sea of Cortez. I had reserved a garden view junior suite and was pleasantly surprised to receive a complimentary upgrade to a full oceanview junior suite with an expansive terrace.
After check in was complete, Violetta introduced herself as the personal butler dedicated to my suite. She welcomed me to Las Ventanas and escorted me through the property to my room.
The room was amazing. The full oceanview junior suites are an impressive 960 square feet and include large windows, limestone floors, a king bed or two queen beds, a spacious bathroom with separate jacuzzi soaking tub and marble-lined shower, Bulgari bath products, a wood-burning fireplace (which your butler will happily light for you), a telescope for whale watching or stargazing, and an expansive terrace with comfortable outdoor seating. A complimentary bottle of Clase Azul tequila awaits you in your room when you arrive.
My package included breakfast either in the main restaurant or on my personal terrace. I opted for the latter and really enjoyed stepping out of my room each morning and onto the patio for fresh coffee and breakfast.
I spent the majority of my three days at Las Ventanas poolside at the adult pool. Because the resort only has 71 rooms and several pools, there wasn’t a problem finding a chair and umbrella. The pool attendants are very attentive and will happily provide as many towels or pillows as you need throughout the day. The staff also carry sunglasses cleaning cloths in case you need to wipe excess sunscreen from your lenses.
During my stay, I had plenty of time to sample the range of margaritas on the menu. My favorite was the basil margarita – very refreshing in the hot Baja afternoon sun. Every few hours, the pool staff come around with different frozen fresh fruit popsicles. Delicious. The view from the infinity pool over the Sea of Cortez was beautiful and my few days of relaxation flew by way too fast.
In addition to the pool, Las Ventanas has a wide stretch of white sand beach to explore. There are hammocks available for use and private cabanas that guests can rent daily. The waves are large with a strong undertow, so the pool is really the only option for swimming.
Las Ventanas is a premium resort with the right number of rooms and amenities to create an atmosphere of seclusion and tranquility in Los Cabos. This was a nice change after my previous experience at the very large, but also nice, Hilton Los Cabos resort next door. Room rates at Las Ventanas vary depending on the view (gardenview/partial oceanview/full oceanview), room size, and the season and start around $600 per night. Some rates include breakfast and other amenities/activities. I had a great three days at Las Ventanas and it’s very clear why this resort continues to win accolades from travelers and the travel press.
Although the price point is high compared to other resorts nearby like the Hilton, if you’re looking to treat yourself to a few days of luxury and pampering for a special occasion or a once in a lifetime experience in Los Cabos, Las Ventanas should be at the top of your list!