Los Cabos has established itself as an ultra-chic Mexican destination and for good reason: the region isn’t far from Hollywood and has long enjoyed an aura of glam thanks to the many stars that vacation there. Moreover, the tourism infrastructure is in keeping with its prestigious clientele!
Los Cabos encompasses Cabo San Lucas, a city known for its lively nightlife, and San José del Cabo. Between these two hubs, spread over some thirty kilometres of coastline along the Sea of Cortez, incredible resorts, each more spectacular than the last, are carefully spaced out like pearls in a necklace. Viceroy Los Cabos is in a class apart, for several reasons.
Firstly, its architecture: the design by Miguel Angel Aragonés incorporates a number of serene water features that create a natural link between the ocean and the buildings. Secondly, its human scale: the property has 192 rooms and suites, along with 50 villas.
Other pluses include the spacious rooms, floor-to-ceiling windows framing the stunning views, a contemporary design with local accents, high-quality amenities, bedding and food services, five swimming pools, and the brand’s commitment to sustainability, which can even be seen in its choice of drinking straws made from avocado pits! In short, the focus is on guests’ well-being in an elegant, understated setting.
However, it would be a shame to miss the experiences that the destination is known for. Golf enthusiasts will love its championship courses, many of which stretch across desert terrain right up to the ocean. Hikers will enjoy exploring the singular landscape of canyons and oases. Other popular pursuits are deep-sea fishing and snorkelling in the sea that Jacques Cousteau dubbed the “world’s aquarium.”
The most popular excursion is sailing a catamaran to the El Arco rock formation and Playa del Amor, two of Cabo’s most iconic natural attractions. And should you be in the area between December and April, you don’t want to miss the graceful annual migration of humpback whales frolicking along the horizon.
Smaller than Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo is a charming city, just five minutes by car from the hotel. In the 16th century, Spanish galleons returning from the Philippines would stop there for fresh water. It was later the site of a Jesuit mission built to evangelize the Indigenous population. As you enter the town, a commemorative plaque notes that Baja California was the only Mexican state to be colonized by the cross, not the sword.
Today, the historic centre is home to buildings with colourful facades housing art galleries and handicraft shops, markets, a 17th-century church, and an authentic ambience.
Back at the hotel, a visit to the spa is the ideal way to cap off an incredible day of discoveries. Relaxing in the serene grotto environment, one could easily conclude that regular trips to Viceroy Los Cabos are a must!