Esperanza: Definitive Luxury in Mexico
By Amiee White Beazley
The definition of luxury travel is changing. From the days of pure and unadulterated excess, for sake of excess, today’s luxury travel means travel without having to think. It means allowing the resort to think for you and know exactly what you need before you do. Luxury travel today means providing services one didn’t know he or she needed, like shoulder and foot massages by the pool and fresh coconut milk popsicles. It means a culinary team that creates food focused on flavor, health and quality paired with cutting edge preparations. It means a tranquil but effective spa that offers truly beneficial treatments. In total, luxury travel today should leave its guests feeling better upon departure, than when they arrived. It should be a break from reality that leaves guests physically refreshed, spiritually nourished, and mindfully renewed.
The new concept of luxury travel is defined at Esperanza Resort, in Cabo San Lucas. The irony is, Esperanza, a member of Auberge Resorts, is not new, at all. In fact, it was one of the first resorts to bring Cabo San Lucas, Mexico onto the map for discerning travelers 12 years ago. But while competitors have sprung up nearby, Esperanza continues to lead, not only due to its cliffside accommodations overlooking the Sea of Cortez, but its constant laser refocusing on just what their guests may desire in a resort, such as guided tastings with a master tequilero or unlimited yoga and fitness classes.
With a naturally protected and private beach, and only one access point to the resort, Esperanza attracts both celebrity and society jetsetters alike. Esperanza has hosted the likes of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, Fergie and Josh Duhamel among many others. It took only moments to realize the sustained hype built up around Esperanza was more than warranted. Freshly pressed juices on every menu, chlorophyll water to increase red blood cell counts, and vegetarian and vegan menu options that are approached as a serious undertaking for the Argentinian-born Chef Cerdo Gonzales (gluten-free, vegan lasagna to die for). Every restaurant overlooks the ocean, where in winter, the chances of sighting a breaching whale on its migratory route are ample.
The resort is divided in two halves – the hotel, comprised of 50 individual casitas and seven spectacular suites is for adults only, whereas the fractional ownership side welcomes children and families of all ages. This allows for the peace and quiet sought by child-free travelers, while families and children can enjoy the kid-friendly pools and restaurants without fear of disturbing other guests.
The two sides merge on Mexicanismo fiesta nights. Every Thursday evening the culinary team crafts and over-the top buffet of Mexican food, while a Mariachi band strolls the venue, followed by fireworks over the sea. Selected local artisans bring their goods to a market, where guests can purchase hand-crafted items and a resident cigar roller crafts exquisite cigars from whole leaf tobacco.
Details: Esperanza Resort
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Amiee White Beazley is the editor of edibleASPEN, founding contributor of Aspen Peak magazine and food columnist for the Aspen Daily News. Her food and travel writing has been featured in Yankee Magazine, Coastal Living, 5280, Aspen Magazine and The Providence Journal among others. A mother of two, her first children’s book,Snowmastodon! Snow Day Adventure was published by People’s Press in 2011. www.awbeazley.com