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Las Ventanas al Paraiso — Baja California Sur, Mexico

Km 19.5 Carretera Transpeninsular, San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico

As the first luxury resort opening in Los Cabos, Las Ventanas set the tone for a new standard here in the nineties and has remained at the top despite plenty of new competition. With international billionaires and tabloid celebrities guests among its guests, privacy and specialized service is ingrained into the culture of the staff.

Las Ventanas al Paraiso

The moment you arrive at Las Ventanas al Paraiso, you know you've entered a unique retreat. With only 71 suites, Las Ventanas makes certain it maintains its top–tier status by constantly creating unique ways to cater to guests. Privacy is paramount here as not even the entrance to the resort is marked. Photos of other guests are politely discouraged. Underground tunnels keep the staff unobtrusive yet always at the ready. From the conch shell alert of passing migrating whales to personalized sewing kits with customized threads to match the guest's wardrobe, a stay at Las Ventanas is guaranteed to be all about you.

Located on the Tourist Corridor halfway between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, a palapa protects the stone carpet of the lobby. Another step into the lobby opens up to panoramic views of the azure Sea of Cortez and colorful desert landscaping incorporating the terrain with sand and earth tones. Instead of a check–in desk and computer, you are personally received and escorted through Mediterranean–Mexican style architecture to your suite.

The colorful tiled corridors (some covered, others not) are walkways reminiscent of Mediterranean pathways. The corridors weave toward the rooms and beach and are strategically decorated with artwork, pottery and pillars. Meandering waterways begin in the lobby area and spill through to a series of ponds and the twisting network of infinity pools, swim–up bars, and patios overlooking the sea. At night, open–flame torches illuminate your way through the hotel.

The accommodations are located in several buildings scattered throughout the resort, and guests step through a hand–carved cedar door to their suite. Airy floor plans range from 960 to 3,893 square feet including one, two and three–bedroom suites with private pools and terraces. All décor is handcrafted with raised bed platforms, hand–inlaid pebble headboards, oversized throw pillows, and floors of stone and again in–laid pebble work, splash–pool and Jacuzzi combination, and large private terraces. An oversized dressing area with basin leads into a large bathroom with separate toilet and shower rooms with the usual array of high–end amenities. All suites at Las Ventanas include personal butlers at your 24/7 service.

Special touches in each room include the kiva–esque, wood–burning terracotta fireplace and your own personal telescope, computerized to view the constellations and planets or for a glimpse of the whales migrating just offshore. Upstair suites have a private rooftop patio for sunbathing, romantic meals, or enjoying the perfect Cabo nights.

Several on–site dining choices are available. Start with seaside dining at the Sea Grill. Ask for a sample of the fresh fish, shellfish and meats and then chose your entrée. The nearby Tequila & Ceviche Bar serves an impressive array of ceviche creations in a more relaxed setting, even offering tequila lessons and a special certificate for those completing the class.

Fine dining is available at The Restaurant, offering a choice of dining alfresco on the patio or indoors in air–conditioned comfort under huge palapas. Reserve the wine room––with 2,400 bottles at the ready––for up to 14, which also hosts a once–weekly chef's table. In a touch that sounds odd but works out nicely, while ordering your gourmet dinner at the Restaurant, you can consult a bath menu and order a luxurious after–dinner bath. While you are enjoying your meal, your bath will be prepared including your favorite after–dinner drink. Walk into your suite and it's ready.

For those that prefer their spa experience at the traditional setting, the Spa at Las Ventanas is another feast for your senses. Internationally acclaimed, indulge yourself at this holistic spa and choose treatments and therapies from around the world.

Las Ventanas Los Cabos review

Special activities personalized to your requests include playing the 18–hole Robert Trent Jones II golf course that wraps around Las Ventanas. Listen to iPods pre–loaded per your request with headsets and enjoy refreshing Evian spritzes from the pool butlers. Charter one of three resort yachts for private excursions to local snorkeling spots or islands scattered throughout the Sea of Cortez. As a resort accustomed to catering to the luxury market, no request is too big or small at Las Ventanas.

Web Address: www.lasventanas.com
Total Number of Rooms: 71
Published rates: $500 to $5,500

Review and photos by Diana Rowe.

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