A couple weeks ago, TDF and I headed to beautiful Cabo San Lucas for a little escape & R&R. It wasn’t our first time visiting the pacific coast of Mexico, but it has very quickly become my favourite Mexican destination. By far.
As soon as we hit the tarmac, the warm dry heat hit our faces and we were surrounded by desert, cactus and beautiful dusty mountain ranges. I loved taking in the views of the coast during our ride from the airport, there is something so captivating about how the desert terrain meets the ocean.
Our home while we were staying in Cabo was The Cape, a boutique style child of the Thompson Hotel family. This is a relatively new destination in the Cabo area, open only about a year or so. We did a little research before departing and found it had a little bit of buzz about it – with rumours of certain hollywood individuals enjoying time there, so standards were set slightly high. Pulling into The Cape did not disappoint. Everything about it is ultra modern, sleek, chic, sexy and minimalist, with elemental touches of rich wood, glass and metal. Aesthetically, a modern minimalists dream space.
The entirety of The Cape consists of 161 ocean front rooms, overlooking the Sea of Cortez and the famous El Archo – you can’t find a bad view in the place. It happened that when we booked, all the ‘regular’ rooms were booked up so we decided to splurge on one of the private villas for this Valentines getaway. Our spacious villa included two bathrooms,living room, fully stocked bar, full kitchen (who’s cooking??!!), en suite laundry facility and enormous balcony with plush seating, perfect for watching the sun set over the Archo. I’ve basically been dreaming about the master bathroom ever since, with its gold leaf soaking tub (of course I indulged in a bubble bath), his and hers vanity’s and closets, and dreamy marble steam shower complete with rain fall shower (need this!). True, we didn’t spend too much time in our room, but soaking in that gorgeous tub, crawling into the king size bed with its crisp white sheets and letting the sound of the ocean lull me to sleep felt luxurious to say the least.
We started our days with breakfast at The Ledge, which offered both a breakfast menu and a stunning buffet spread. I was so happy to start my day with a literal ton of fresh tropical fruits and green juice, followed by a fresh coconut to take with me on our morning stroll down the private beach. Most of our days were spent poolside, taking in the views, eating veggie sushi, drinking champagne, watching the surfers and occasionally spotting a migrating whale or two. The Cape pool is so dreamy. There are two pools ~ we preferred the larger, bar-adjacent option, the infinity pool of my dreams. We indulged in a couple of the private cabanas for a couple of our days there as well, which offered the option of sun, shade and privacy. The staff at the pool are the absolute best. So kind, funny and helpful, even running to the hotel store to procure a bottle of sunblock for us when we ran out.
When our whale watching tour was cancelled on day three due to unsafe currents, we decided to have lunch at the One&Only Palmilla resort just a short drive from our hotel. This resort is so lush and green, a complete contrast to the minimal Cape. We dined at Agua by Larbi on a gorgeous cliff overlooking the ocean and an array of sunning pelicans. I cant remember exactly what I had for lunch, but I do remember there was champagne and that it was delicious. (below: the church, hammock and one of me wearing the gold belt were taken at One&Only).
We indulged in dinner at Manta, the hotel restaurant for two of our nights. I did some research beforehand and found Manta is quite the buzzy spot in the Cabo area right now thanks to their world renowned chefs. I should preface our dinner experience by first divulging that the we are vegan, and travelling vegan is still something of a new challenge for us. We always just hope there will be something we can eat. The kind people at Manta were so good to us, they made all kinds of adjustments to the menu. We enjoyed veggie tacos, these delicious spiced rice puff biscuit things, a mouthwatering edamame salad with lemon vinaigrette, the freshest corn chips, salsa and guac and our favourite, the giant roasted maitake mushroom on pumpkin seed mole. Best. Mushroom. Ever. (actually salivating writing this).
Valentines day at The Cape was such a special affair. The staff went above and beyond to make it memorable. We started our day in the spa, Currents. One of my very favourite spa activities ever is the hydrotherapy circuit. I always feel like a million bucks after running the circuit a few times (eucalyptus steam, cold plunge, sauna, cold plunge, warm pool or hot tub). There is something about that cold plunge that seriously resets me, especially after an evening of maybe one glass of champagne too many. For our valentines evening we ended up buying one of the ten or so private tables on the beach for dinner that night. It was so beautiful, candles lit everywhere, live acoustic musicians and a custom vegan menu just for us, consisting of homemade babaganoush, avocado and asparagus salad, poblano pepper risotto and a strawberry watermelon salad for dessert. We ended the night with a moonlit stroll down the beach, our last night in Cabo taking in the sound of the ocean and dreaming about when to come back…