Las Ventanas al Paraiso Baja’s first luxury resort and celebrity
hideaway is not the kind of place that a person should walk through
sopping wet, sand-covered, bedraggled, barefoot and alone after
being assailed by a vicious, sandal-stealing wave.
This I learned the hard way.
But for your clients who are suitably attired with designer
flip-flops on pedicured feet and a significant other at their side
and who will revel in being surrounded by beautiful, rich and
famous people this is definitely the place to seek a siesta.
The resort’s whitewashed adobe villas are set back from the road,
hugging the beach. Within its walls, desert-scaped pathways wind
past the garden spa, open-air restaurant, tequila-ceviche bar and
an infinity pool lined by plush, white lounges. Staff members whisk
by in flowing uniforms, looking cool and debonair, even as they
perform mundane tasks, such as raking the sand, sweeping walkways
or supplying Evian misters to sunbathers.
Some say Las Ventanas set the standard that Cabo’s newer deluxe
resorts have merely imitated. Without getting in the middle of
five-star wars, one thing is certain: Since it opened a decade ago,
this resort has perfected the art of providing highly personalized
service, cultivating romance, serving fine cuisine and offering
comfortably luxurious accommodations with all the wonderfully
In the effort to cater to celebrities and other finicky folks who
are accustomed to being catered to, no detail is overlooked. Sewing
kits are personalized according to the colors of each guest’s
wardrobe; a tequila setup is in every room; in-room telescopes are
offered for stargazing or whale-watching; and pool butlers will
even clean sunglasses. Cuddly sarapes are whisked out to drape
shoulders on chilly nights, and guests get complimentary digital
cameras to use and receive their photos on a CD.
Romance on the Beach
While Las Ventanas has perfected the art of posh, girlfriends on
getaways and singles should be forewarned the resort is
relentlessly romantic, and just about everyone here is paired off.
In the midst of all the canoodling couples, singles might feel
self-conscious. This is the kind of place where the only sounds in
the restaurant are intimate giggles over a privately shared joke;
where lovers stroll hand-in-hand from the beach to the pool to
their villa; where housekeepers sprinkle red rose petals on
king-sized beds in the shape of a giant heart.
The resort had starry-eyed duos in mind when it launched its
latest batch of offerings. Most fun (unless you’re a party of one)
is the new private on-the-beach screenings of newly released
movies, showing on flat-screen, 50-inch plasma TVs. Guests who sign
up for “Cinema al Paraiso” ($150), as the program is called,
snuggle on lounge chairs on the sand while a “cinema butler” serves
popcorn, botanas (Mexican appetizers) and refills champagne
For a daytime date, guests can sightsee on their own in one of the
resort’s cool, little Mini Cooper S Convertibles ($200 per day),
available in an array of bright colors. BMW Rockster motorcycles
($185 per day; $25 for second rider complete with leather riding
suit and helmet) are also available. And for off-roading in Baja,
what could be more impressive than a Hummer ($220 for three hours
or $400 all day)?
Come evening, chef Pablo Loza has concocted the ultimate
aphrodisiac a seven-course chocolate dinner menu ($180), with items
ranging from savory mole to rich desserts. For guests staying in
oceanview or oceanfront luxury suites (which also come with a
dedicated butler), there’s a new “sheet menu” with four different
silky, satin and Italian-linen choices.
Want more ideas to heat things up? Consult with Maria Elena Soto
the resort’s “director of romance” and she’ll coordinate carriage
rides on the sand, private beach dinners, desert picnics or some
other sexy scheme. She’ll offer advice on the perfect way to pop
the big question, celebrate an important anniversary or just make a
One Italian gentleman requested a private beach dinner, with
torches, musicians, and sposami (marry me) spelled out with tiny
rocks on the sand. Weeks later, the pebbly proposal still
|SWANK NEW SPA SUITES|
Las Ventanas al Paraiso now offers a destination spa experience
with its newly opened live-in spa suites. At almost 4,000 square
feet, each two-bedroom residence features a private treatment room
with side-by-side massage tables, sauna, steam room, waterfall and
rain shower, plus expansive living areas, full kitchen and terrace
with infinity plunge pool.
The suites come with an assortment of gear, from yoga mats and
props to inversion devices and a foot massager. A personal Spa
Butler creates a customized program of treatments, rituals,
remedies, meditation, yoga, personal training and healthy cuisine.
Even the mini-bar is all organic no sodas, no coffee, and no
processed or sugary snacks.
Spa suites are available “a la carte” from $2,100-$3,600 nightly,
and include $400 of treatments. But they were really devised for
guests who have signed up for the resort’s new comprehensive,
all-inclusive spa lifestyle programs that focus on fitness, beauty
or weight loss (fasting/liquid diet).
All programs include everything from accommodations to airport
transfers and meals, fitness classes, daily spa treatments and/or
massages, and various evaluations and consultations. Prices for
four nights range from $13,425-$17,725; seven nights,
$23,875-$32,625; 10 nights, $34,225-$46,675; and 14 nights,
Rooms rates start at $450. Agents who book a reservation with a
package receive commission on the entire package.
Commission: 10 percent