Esperanza Cabo

I took a break from posting updates from my May trip to Los Cabos, Mexico in May, but here are some highlights and photos from another spectacular resort there: Esperanza. This is an Auberge resort, so combine a French name for inn with a Spanish name for hope and you don’t have to hope to get a good room at the inn.

There are a lot of terrific spas to sample in Los Cabos if that’s your thing, and this one ranks at the top in lots of polls, even as the best spa in Latin America from Travel & Leisure. It incorporates the natural elements of the area—water, light, and the sea—in a restful environment and uses an array of local products for the treatments themselves. (Think desert clay, mango, papaya, sea salt, and grated coconut.) There’s a grotto, a steam cave, cascading waterfalls, and a shady open-air lounge.

All I know is that the masseuse that gave me a rubdown got out all the kinks I had built up from being hunched over a computer keyboard way too much.

Esperanza resort itself is a 57-suite hotel, but with a 60-villa owners section as well, which explains why it looks bigger than you would think. This is the place to go for dramatic views instead of a sprawling beach in front of your room: it’s perched on a cliff overlooking waves crashing against the rocks of “Whale Point.” You are right over this point while dining in the main restaurant. Here’s the catch of the day. Hungry?

Everything looks fresh and new at Esperanza since the spa and suites got a major upgrade at the end of 2007. If you want to really spash out, there’s a 2000-square-foot penthouse with close-to-perfect views. Naturally, it comes with its own elevator, private butler service, and a hidden hot tub and lounge chair on the deck. (Hint: you might want to send the butler away if you’re going to use those au natural.) It goes for $6 grand a night, but with occupancy falling off the nearby cliffs lately, I’m sure you can get them to at least throw in a few spa treatments in the his-and-hers massage area…