Why Travel to Cabo this Winter: The Best New Hotels and Restaurants

With a beautiful location of sea and sand flanked by scenic desert landscape, Los Cabos is already a perennial destination for travelers of all interests—from snorkeling with tropical fish to tackling the waves onboard a jet-ski or sipping margaritas by the pool. But this year, a host of luxury hotels are opening along the 20-mile strip between buzzing Cabo San Lucas and smaller, more charming San José del Cabo. Add in a few new restaurants and several exciting events, and the region is sure to grow ever more popular, dynamic and multi-faceted. There’s no better time to go than right now. Here are a few reasons why.

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New Hotels

The sleek Montage Los Cabos was the first to lead the charge in May 2018. Housed on 39 acres of desert landscape, overlooking the tranquil Santa Maria Bay, this 122-room, all ocean-view property has a swimmable beach, several excellent dining venues, a signature spa, kid’s club and a bevy of pools. (But who really needs a pool with a swimmable beach in Cabo?) The cream-colored rooms and refined décor blend seamlessly with the resort’s surroundings, belying the laid-back and contemporary atmosphere of the hotel itself.  

Come February 2019, the passion project of Robert De Niro—and Nobu Matsuhisa’s first Mexican outpost—will debut: Nobu Hotel Los Cabos. The sexy resort, which combines Japanese minimalism with Mexican-inspired touches (think just-off-the-floor beds, rattan and sisal rugs, wooden soaking tubs and sleek furniture), will play host to Nobu’s eponymous restaurant, along with several other dining options.

In keeping with the aesthetic and quality of the brand’s Mandapa and Dorado Beach properties, Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, opens in March 2019, with a dramatic oceanfront location and elegantly appointed rooms. Tucked in between the dunes of Puerto Los Cabos, Zadún’s 115 guest rooms, suites and villas will all offer sea views and a personal butler, and most will be equipped with private plunge pools. Golf lovers are eagerly awaiting to play the Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus-designed 27-hole course, as well.

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Costa Palmas is perhaps the biggest news of all. Located on a private coastline, the Four Seasons Costa Palmas resort complex includes a marina, a village and beachfront residences and offers pristine views and unspoiled terrain in a destination that can sometimes feel crowded. Also nearby, on the beach, will be Mexico’s only Aman property, Amanvari, opening later in 2020. In typical Aman fashion, the decidedly modern resort offers high-touch service and impeccable design.

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New Restaurants

Ventanas al Paraiso’s newest restaurant, Arbol, is looking to change the culinary game in Los Cabos with its Asian fusion menu and eclectic décor. On offer is Wok-fried Wagyu beef and chicken tikka, specially prepared in the restaurant’s new Tandoor oven, plus fresh sushi. It’s buzzy and atmospheric and illuminated by pretty hanging lanterns.

For seafood, Tres Sirenas, the brainchild of Edith Jimenez, owner and operator of the always-popular Edith’s (located across the street), just opened. Outdoors with a Baja-casual vibe, Tres Sirenas is ideal for a low-key fish dinner with killer margaritas.

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Hakkasan Group’s new outpost at Vidanta Los Cabos, Casa Calavera, is a brightly colored, barefoot-chic restaurant that serves authentic Mexican fare in a Dia de los Muertos–themed dining room.

Other soon-to-be stalwarts include the Montage’s Marea, a stunning beachfront seafood restaurant; the Viceroy’s Nido Cevicheria & Bar, housed in a nest-like structure overlooking the water; El Merkado, a fast-casual dining market that parallels New York’s Urbanspace; and La Deriva, Solaz’s new Italian restaurant.

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Upcoming Events

The annual Black & Blue Marlin Tournament is a fisherman’s paradise. It’s lively and social, attracting an eclectic range of die-hard fishermen and keen spectators. Held from October 23-27, which is considered the regions’s shoulder season, the tournament is a great reason to make Cabo home base while relaxing on the beach.

On Thursday evenings, from November to June, downtown San José del Cabo offers a weekly Art Walk through the Gallery District. The neighborhood is closed off to cars from 5 P.M. to 9 P.M., and pedestrians can enjoy complimentary gallery visits and talks with local artists. It’s a creative, fun way to engage with local culture, particularly for those with a penchant for colonial architecture and contemporary art. Interested buyers may even find a few souvenirs to bring home.

Sabor a Cabo, Cabo’s annual International Food and Wine Festival, will take place on December 1, 2018. For foodies, the lineup of gastronomic geniuses is sure to impress.

Contact Indagare for assistance planning an escape to Cabo.

– Avery Carmichael on October 12, 2018

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