Holistic Retreat Slated for Baja

Pueblo Bonito will open luxury resort near Cabo San Lucas

By: Lisa Jennings

Pueblo Bonito Hotels & Resorts is scheduled to open a new luxurious yet holistic resort on the Pacific Ocean side of the Baja Peninsula in Cabo San Lucas.

To be called Pacifica Holistic Retreat & Spa, the resort is on the pristine beach where the movie “Troy” was filmed. The property is designed to make best use of the naturally calming surroundings, with ocean views, fountains and reflecting pools, and grounds landscaped with colorful cactus and other native plants.

Accommodations aim to reflect the resort’s motif of “luxury without indulgence,” with monochromatic colors of desert sand accented by mosaic artwork insets. The 154 rooms are decorated with sand-and-ivory colored window treatments, and concrete valences form a smooth visual transition from bed to sea.

The restaurant, called Siempre, offers both a wellness-oriented spa menu and more indulgent offerings for the occasional splurge. The resort also offers 24-hour room service, a pool bar called Aire, and two additional cafes and bars one of which is a juice bar.

At the center of the resort is the spa called Armonia, a fitness facility combined with a holistic wellness center. There is a state-of-the-art exercise studio, six treatment rooms with “waterfall windows,” a VIP couples chamber, an indoor Jacuzzi, steam, sauna, cold plunge and Swiss shower room.

Fitness professionals will plan out workout regimes and create a “body plan” for each guest during their stay, with one-on-one sessions and group classes available.

The general manager of Pacifica, Dr. Alejandro Santander, is a practicing physician and is also available for private consultations.

In addition to the body-oriented treatments, guests can focus on mind and soul with classes on cactus care, photography and relaxation techniques, garden tours, and opportunities to hear guest speakers.

In an effort to create a fully restful environment, the resort is also designed with “second” hallways and underground passages to allow staff members to move discreetly throughout the property. All of the water used for drinking, cooking, gardening, laundry, pools and displays is desalinated seawater recycled in an on-property treatment facility.

Pueblo Bonito Hotels operates three other resorts in Cabo San Lucas, and plans to open another called Pueblo Bonito Pacifica next year. The company also operates two resorts in Mazatlan, and one in Puerto Vallarta. Another five-star resort in Puerto Vallarta, to be called Pueblo Bonito Punta Mita, is also scheduled to open in 2005.