As your house car cruises through the 984-foot private tunnel that marks the entrance to The Resort at Pedregal, you’ll know you’re headed someplace truly special. This Cabo San Lucas resort feels livelier than ever thanks to a revamp following 2014’s Hurricane Odile. Here are five other things you need to know before planning a visit:
Pedregal is the only resort in Cabo to offer private plunge pools and ocean views from every one of its 88 rooms, suites and villas. Starting at just over 850 square feet, rooms are spacious, with neutral tones and traditional Mexican décor that feels authentic (think hand-carved doors and embroidered pillows). Couples should book a beachfront suite (which come with larger-than-average pools and your own stretch of private beach) or the corner Estrella suite that offers outdoor fire pits and gorgeous sunrise and sunset views. Coming with kids? Multi-bedroom suites are perfect for families, and there’s even a dedicated pool area with smaller lounge chairs just for little ones. In-room amenities are plentiful. The perks include free Wi-Fi, a gratis mini bar, a Nespresso machine and daily delivered snacks (chips, guac and Coronas, anyone?).
Luna y Mar, the hotel’s 10-room spa, is one of the best we’ve visited. Built underneath the main check-in area, visitors feel cool and sheltered from the minute they enter the massive wood-carved door. Treatments are designed around the moon’s phases (hence the “Moon and Sea” name) and offer an emphasis on indigenous ingredients and therapies. Each treatment starts with a traditional foot scrub and bath using local herbs and lime, as well as a tea that complements the current moon phase. After enjoying your service in a private overwater bungalow, ask the therapist to open the curtains so you can gaze out at the saltwater spa pool to the ocean beyond. Or, you could just unwind in the sauna, steam and ice rooms.
Perfectly Positioned for Nightlife
Cabo is a town known for partying — heck, there’s even a tequila named after it. At Pedregal, you’re just a short stroll from downtown proper, where you can visit the area’s many bars and restaurants (we love Edith’s and The Office) as well as stroll to the marina, where you can find everything from local silver to tchotchkes to take home. And if you need to do something about your shopping addiction, nearby Luxury Avenue offers names like Carolina Herrera and Cartier.
Seriously Special Service
Originally designed as a Capella hotel, the now-privately managed resort offers many of the same amenities as it did when it opened in 2009, including personal assistant services for every guest. Your on-call attendant will contact you prior to arrival to arrange spa services, rose petal turndown and everything else. On-property staff is just as attentive. Should you find yourself lounging oceanside, you’ll enjoy daily pool snacks (mini tacos and popsicles) and gratis foot massages from a team member.
You’re on vacation, so leave the calorie counter at home. But even though you won’t worry too much about your waistline at Pedregal, it’s good to remember that the cuisine is definitely traditional Mexican. Only here the emphasis is on fresh seafood and farm-to-table fare at all of the property’s dining outlets; this ensures that even heavier dishes (chilaquiles, maybe?) are lighter than their American counterparts. Don’t miss the amazing ceviche at Crudo (we love the signature sea bass) or the new champagne terrace just outside El Farallon, the resort’s cliffside fine-dining restaurant.