Thankfully for those who've been waiting to visit Cabo San Lucas, many of the premier properties in the Baja California peninsula’s southernmost resort destination took full advantage of the downtime necessitated by the monster storm that blew through in 2014, Hurricane Odile, to effect upgrades and renovations.
That has certainly been the case at The Resort at Pedregal, a boutique, ultra-luxury lodging that overlooks the Pacific Ocean in the Land’s End city’s most exclusive neighborhood.
The Resort at Pedregal was the first ultra-luxury hotel in Los Cabos to reopen following Hurricane Odile — Photo courtesy of The Resort at Pedregal
After nearly four months of repairs and renovations, The Resort at Pedregal reopened in 2015, with a host of chic new amenities – most notably, a Champagne terrace at the romantic cliff-side restaurant El Farallón and a pampering new spa called Luna y Mar – as well as a new name.
After spending the first six years of its existence under the Capella Hotels brand (as Capella Pedregal), The Resort at Pedregal is now an independent property with a revamped management team.
Spoiler alert: the service is still spectacular.
The resort’s site is sui generis. In the early 1970s, an architect named Don Manuel Díaz Rivera made what may be the real estate steal of all time, purchasing 330 acres of barren hillside land that opened onto two beaches in a little town that few in the United States had even heard of.
Díaz Rivera called it Pedregal de Cabo San Lucas, and the prestigious hillside enclave is now home to movie star-owned luxury villas that occasionally sell for astronomical prices, not to mention some of the finest hotels in the world.
The Resort at Pedregal owns what may be the prime parcel, 24 acres of gorgeous oceanfront property that’s solely accessible through the only privately-owned tunnel in México, a chandelier-lighted passage carved through 30-million-year-old granite.
Home to 66 elegantly appointed rooms and suites and 22 multi-bedroom residential style villas – including an opulent 4,000-square-foot, three-bedroom Presidential Villa – the renamed and renovated Resort at Pedregal is better than it's ever been before . . . and it has been the best hotel in Cabo San Lucas since it opened in 2009!
Perched on a cliff above crashing Pacific Ocean waves, The Resort at Pedregal's El Farallón Restaurant offers the ultimate wow-factor dining experience in Cabo San Lucas — Photo courtesy of The Resort at Pedregal
The restaurants at The Resort at Pedregal are more than equal to the five-star accommodations. El Farallón, in particular, is a wow-factor dining experience of the highest order.
Tables are perched on a cliff above crashing Pacific Ocean waves, and they showcase awe-inspiring sunset views. Fresh, local seafood is the menu focus, and the new Champagne Terrace offers many more oyster pairing options (Krug, anyone?), as well as custom cheese plates and, of course, one more romantic touch to what was already one of the most romantic restaurants imaginable.
For seafood agnostics, signature onsite eatery Don Manuel’s provides traditional and contemporary Mexican culinary pleasures, and Director of Food and Beverage Yvan Mucharraz’s talents are also on display – along with acclaimed international guest chefs – each summer during the resort’s food and wine festival.
What was formerly the Auriga Spa has been reworked and redesigned as Luna y Mar ("Moon and Sea"), with new signature treatments and massages emphasizing traditional Mexican healing techniques.
There's also an increased commitment to the resort’s health and wellness program. In addition to the state-of-the-art gym with on-site fitness coaches, guests have access to in-room training videos from CrossFit guru Jason Khalipa, produced in a partnership with the resort.
Less active types may prefer the oceanfront infinity pool.