How many hotels 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 wedding ceremonies? In Cabo San Lucas, there is only one: Bahía Hotel and Beach Club.
Since its opening in 2007, Bahía's (the name is Spanish for "bay") New York-based ownership group has transformed what was once a fishermen's retreat into 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 Bahía Hotel's excellent accommodation options, which include single and double rooms and suites that feature flat-screen televisions and high-speed internet access, as well as pampering extras like individual climate control and in-room dining appliances.
Once a sleepy fishermen's retreat, Bahía Hotel and Beach Club is now the premier "urban chic" accommodation option in Cabo San Lucas — Photo courtesy of Bahía Hotel and Beach Club
For the signature Bahía 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.
Bahía'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 García and his talented staff prepare Mexican and Mediterranean fusion dishes and gourmet pizzas from fresh organic ingredients in the restaurant's open kitchen, or enjoy tropical breezes and live music on the outdoor terrace.
Bar Esquina's 17-seat marble bar is also a major attraction, particularly late at night, while the restaurant's take-out café is a mandatory morning stop for coffee lovers. The café's gourmet offerings are sourced from premier Mexican coffee growing areas in Oaxaca and Chiapas.
Bar Esquina is one of the hippest hangouts in the Médano Beach neighborhood — Photo courtesy of Bahía Hotel and Beach Club
Onsite partners Lee and Meredith Vosburgh have brought their passion for stand up paddleboarding to Los Cabos, operating CABO SUP from Bahía's beach club, which is located one block from the hotel near The Sand Bar.
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 evocatively shaped granitic rock formations at Land's End, it offers safe swimming and snorkeling, and ideal conditions for stand up paddleboarding. In addition to providing lessons, rentals and guided tours, CABO SUP also offers monthly memberships to residents and long-term guests.
Currently, however, the property's most talked about water activity isn't SUP, but aquatic nuptials. Bahía 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.