Los Cabos’ newest hotel, Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, opened earlier this year to much fanfare. It’s the first luxury resort to debut in Cabo in several years enters under the Auberge name, making it a sister property to nearby Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Esperanza, one of our longtime favorites.
The fresh 60-room waterfront resort boasts one of the area’s only swimmable beaches, an 18-hole Tom Fazio golf course and 32 residences in addition to the full complement of amenities (think buzzy restaurant, swank spa and gorgeous views) expected from a Baja paradise that’s quickly becoming a celebrity and guest go-to spot.
Here’s what else you need to know about Los Cabos’ new resort.
It’s all about chic, modern design
Indoor-outdoor living is the name of the game in these expansive guest rooms. Starting at 760 square feet, each luxurious accommodation features amenities like outdoor showers, private terraces and deep soaking tubs with custom hand-made tile accent walls and marble flooring.
Rooms are decorated in neutral palettes with minimal pops of color, adorned with art and furnishings by local craftsmen who let the natural beauty of the area desert and seascape serve as your primary focus. The entire resort echoes a breezy L.A.-meets-Cabo vibe with its wide pathways, residential-style buildings, minimalist landscaping and panoramic views from nearly every angle.
The beach is the best
Located on Chileno Bay, the resort has one of the area’s few swimmable beaches. After taking just a few steps from the TnT (Tacos and Tequila) bar, you’ll trek onto the sand and let one of the resort staff members outfit you with gratis snorkeling gear, a kayak or a paddleboard. Swim out just a few yards and you’ll see coral reefs, schools of fish and other colorful marine life.
Of course, you also can get your water fix at one of the three pools or by lounging in one of the five private bungalows overlooking the Sea of Cortez.
More active types can work out in the expansive fitness center (complete with ocean vistas) or take in a round of golf. Chileno was definitely designed with the active traveler or family in mind.
Locally inspired flavors mix with top trends
Comal, the hotel’s main dining venue, would feel just as at home in California as it does in Cabo. The restaurant offers modern plays on Latin American cuisine served in an indoor-outdoor setting with spectacular sunsets.
In the morning, we love La Cremeria, the resort’s take on a breakfast buffet. On our recent trip, we spotted more than six different fresh juices, multiple flavors of honey, at least four different butters and nearly a dozen pastries — and that’s in addition to à la carte favorites like chilaquiles or huevos rancheros.
By evening, the restaurant takes on a sexy-chic ambiance and provides a wide menu of shareable large and small plates as well as hacienda-style entrées, such as braised short ribs with cacao broth and a ribeye with red mole crust.
Pre- or post-meal, relax with a cocktail in one of the hanging swings near the entrance or cozy up to one of several fire pits.
Save time for spa
The resort’s 10-room spa, with its aromatherapy steam room, ice fountain, unique salt inhalation chamber and pebble-lined reflexology pool, is a must-visit during your stay.
The secluded garden facility near the resort’s entrance feels like your own private oasis, offering top-notch treatments like the signature Auberge Head to Toe, which combines a scalp massage and hair mask with a full-body rubdown and foot scrub.
It’s all about connection
Chileno leans toward technology to serve up a high-touch experience. It’s easy to access staff, order drinks by the pool or make dinner reservations by simply submitting your request via Facebook messenger.
The lively (and, at times, loud) music by the pool skews a bit younger, so if you’re not up for that, check the property’s weekly activities schedule. We’re confident that a mixology class, paddle boarding trip or something else will keep you entertained.