Esperanza – a benchmark beachfront luxury resort known for its world-class spa treatments and gorgeous views of the Land’s End rock formations that mark the end of Cabo San Lucas and the 800-mile long Baja California Peninsula – has recently reopened, following nearly nine months of renovations and upgrades after fall 2014's monster storm, Hurricane Odile.
The boutique 57-room Auberge brand resort now sports a fresh new look, including completely redesigned interiors and a revamped pool and lounge area courtesy of Mary Alice Palmer of HKS Hospitality Group; updated menus at signature restaurant Cocina del Mar; and the newly opened Pesca ceviche bar – plus a new outdoor lounge and integrated wellness program at its award-winning spa.
Longtime fans of the property needn't worry, however. Despite the massive facelift, Esperanza retains its core values and philosophy, and it continues to provide a unique, site-specific experience, a destination vacation that offers equal parts simplicity and sophistication.
Beachfront Los Cabos luxury resort Esperanza is featuring a fresh new look due to renovations and upgrades following Hurricane Odile — Photo courtesy of Vic Vertigo
The intimate 17-acre resort owes much of its singular charm to its dramatic seaside setting near Punta Ballena ("Whale Point," in English, due to the jutting outcropping of land’s striking resemblance to the head of a whale) in the tourist corridor that connects cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo.
Waves batter and explode impressively over rocks that guard twin coves, each opening onto private beaches – one for resort guests, and one for Esperanza’s residences – that are inaccessible to the outside world.
And the higher the suite or guestroom, the more impressive the views of the evocatively shaped granite monuments that extend to Land’s End, the last dividing line between the Sea of Cortés and Pacific Ocean.
The rest is simple pleasures and superb service. Esperanza still excels at understated barefoot elegance, along with that knack of all great lodgings, which is to provide what guests want slightly before they know they want it.
Guests will find the new look accommodations and amenities are certainly worth admiring. Redesigned casitas and suites transition easily from indoor to outdoor spaces, featuring muted handcrafted furnishings whose colors echo the local landscape, and relaxing appointments like balcony-set hammocks and jacuzzis.
As an added bonus, private concierges are on call for each guestroom; room service and other amenities can be accessed using personalized iPads; and telescopes or binoculars are on hand for viewing the seasonal splendor of breaching humpbacks or other transiting cetaceans.
Esperanzas casually elegant accommodations received a complete makeover — Photo courtesy of Esperanza
The Spa at Esperanza is among the resort’s signature amenities, and it's been rated as the best of its kind in Latin America. Romantic couple's treatments are a popular option, but even basic treatments like the Auberge Head to Toe – a full-body massage combined with a Sea Greens Hair & Scalp Treatment and a Salt of the Sea Foot Revitalizer – are a memorable indulgence.
The Spa proudly showcases a spacious new outdoor lounging area, and it's expanded its integrated wellness program to include approximately 35 yoga and exercise classes per week, with frequent appearances by acclaimed guest instructors.
The striking setting for signature restaurant Cocina del Mar – imagine a linked chain of circular dining areas descending towards the sea – has been complemented by a newer, simpler, more seafood-focused menu from Argentine Chef Gonzalo Cerda.
New appointments distinguish the Lounge Bar and its scenic deck area. And an all-new menu, and concept, has recently been unveiled at Pesca, the resort’s recently opened ceviche bar.
But menus are never more than guidelines at Esperanza. The chef and his kitchen staff will cook anything for anyone, including dishes to satisfy specific dietary restrictions.
The pool and lounge areas have also been rebuilt, with the addition of a shallow pool with in-water chaise lounges, shaded cabanas with daybeds and a wooden sundeck just above the private resort beach.
As an added incentive to admire its makeover, the resort is offering summer Essence of Esperanza packages starting at $550 per night for a stay of four days and three nights.
The package features complimentary daily breakfasts at Cocina del Mar; two $75 spa credits; a ceviche tasting and glass of wine at Pesca; a welcome glass of Champagne accompanying dinner at Cocina del Mar; a complimentary margarita at the Lounge Bar; and also complimentary yoga and fitness classes.
The package expires on Sept. 30, 2015.
Esperanza is an Auberge Resort. The Mill Valley, California-based hospitality brand has a small collection of luxurious properties worldwide, including signature lodgings in Napa Valley, Aspen, Fiji and Anguilla.
Auberge will open its second Mexican property – under the auspices of its newly minted lifestyle brand VieVage – in 2016. VieVage Los Cabos will be a resort and residential development set seaside and overlooking Chileno Bay and the Sea of Cortés.