How many resorts have the range to offer luxurious accommodations and first-class fine dining, as well as signature amenities like a gourmet take-out coffee shop, SUP (stand up paddleboarding) lessons and rentals and destination underwater weddings and renewal of vows ceremonies? In Cabo San Lucas, there is only one: Bahia Hotel and Beach Club.
Since its opening in 2007, Bahia's (the name is Spanish for "bay") New York-based ownership group has transformed what was once a fishermen's retreat into the premier boutique lodging on Médano Beach, the two-mile stretch of golden sand that is home to many of the city's best hotels, restaurants and cantinas.
An urban-chic aesthetic and contemporary Mexican décor distinguish Bahia Hotel's excellent accommodation options, which include single and double rooms and suites that feature state-of-the-art televisions, Ipod docking stations and high-speed internet access, as well as pampering extras like individual climate control and in-room dining appliances.
For the signature Bahia experience, reserve the hotel's one-of-a-kind Designer Room. If the custom-made furnishings and silky 800-thread-count sheets aren't providing the requisite amount of luxury, take advantage of the terrace's direct access to the sybaritic pool and its palapa-topped swim-up bar.
Bahia's stylish lobby is home to a remarkable collection of local artwork and opens into Bar Esquina, one of the area's benchmark fine dining establishments. Guests can watch Chef Rogelio Garcia and his talented staff prepare Mexican and Mediterranean fusion dishes and gourmet pizzas in the restaurant's open kitchen, or enjoy fresh air and live music on the outdoor deck.
Bar Esquina's 17-seat marble bar is also a major attraction, particularly late at night, while the restaurant's take-out cafe is a mandatory morning stop for coffee lovers. The cafe's gourmet offerings are sourced from premier Mexican coffee growing areas in Oaxaca and Chiapas.
On-site partners Lee and Meredith Vosburgh have brought their passion for stand up paddleboarding to Los Cabos, operating CABO SUP from Bahia's beach club, which is located one block from the hotel between The Sand Bar and Moxitos Beach Club.
For those unfamiliar with the world's fastest growing sport, SUP is perhaps best described as a hybrid of surfing and kayaking. Participants are able to surf close to the beach, but they're also able to propel themselves offshore by means of a long paddle.
Because Cabo San Lucas Bay is protected by the granitic rock formations at Land's End, it offers safe swimming and snorkeling and ideal conditions for stand up paddleboarding. In addition to offering lessons, rentals and guided tours, CABO SUP also organizes a yearly event called Paddle to the End, with a weekend of cocktail parties and beach and water activities highlighted by a two-mile paddle to the Arch at Land's End.
Monthly SUP memberships are available to residents and long-term guests.
Currently, however, the property's most talked about water activity isn't SUP, but aquatic nuptials. Bahia recently partnered with Nautilus Dive Tech to become the first local resort to offer underwater marriage and renewal of vows ceremonies.
These unique destination marriage packages include dive training and rehearsal dives; scene-setting underwater decorations such as arbors and railings; signature apparel accents like bow ties, boutonnieres, veils and white lace garters; and, of course, a seagoing minister to officiate. There's even a bouquet for the bride to "toss."
Afterwards, the happy couple returns to the dive boat for a champagne toast, then motors back to Bar Esquina for the reception.