- For $559, a four-night stay with Sunday check-in for up to four in a one-bedroom villa
- Or, for $889, a four-night stay with Sunday check-in for up to six in a two-bedroom villa</p>
Exotic Villas Nestled Along the Sea of Cortez
A three-level infinity pool meanders, surrounded by rows of loungers, spiky green palms, and a swim-up bar covered with a thatched palapa roof. Swimmers stand waist-deep in the refreshing waters, ordering up tropical libations before retiring to cushioned wicker lounge pods, which offer shelter from the blazing sun. The Cabo Azul Resort offers a choice between this man-made aquatic paradise and the white-sand shores outfitted with private cabanas of the adjacent Sea of Cortez.
One year after Cabo Azul opened, Condé Nast Traveler named the AAA Four Diamond resort to its Hot List Hotels 2008, possibly due to the work of acclaimed interior designer Dodd Mitchell. Polished stone floors, dark-wood beams, cream-colored walls, and art-deco furnishings lend a posh feel to one- or two-bedroom villas, which boast either 1,202 or 1,523 square feet of living space, respectively. In each, a fully equipped kitchen with stainless-steel appliances grants guests a bit of culinary independence, and a patio terrace proffers views of the garden. In-room spa tubs give lodgers the chance to unwind with a relaxing soak and make pet sand dollars feel more at home.
Those hoping to dine and de-stress outside of their rooms will find luxurious options. Flowing swaths of white fabrics, strings of hanging lights, and nautical rope-work details complement the authentic Mexican fare at the hotel’s own five-star dining den, Javier’s Restaurant. Paz spa boasts signature pampering treatments ranging from a crystal massage that takes place near a cascading waterfall to a champagne couples retreat on the private rooftop suite.
Los Cabos, Mexico: Beachfront Parties and Scenic Sea Adventure
Because of its pristine beaches and proximity to San Diego, Cabo has become a popular getaway spot for sun seekers and spring breakers alike. Although the party atmosphere rings throughout dozens of pulsing dance clubs and bars in Cabo’s center, travelers will find a wealth of elegant seafood restaurants and outdoor adventure in the area. Beautiful coral reefs dot the coast, making it a hot spot for snorkelers, scuba divers, and surfers. Glass-bottom kayak rentals give travelers the chance to glimpse the sea below and get an up-close look at Land’s End and El Arco, the famed natural rock formation at the spot where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific. </p>
Recommendations for Your Getaway
- El Arco<p> This natural stone arch rests at the famed Land’s End rock formation, a beautiful spot to catch a sunrise or sunset by kayak.</p>
- Cabo Expeditions Zodiac Whale Watching Adventure<p> Travelers glimpse and photograph whales on guided 2.5-hour tours pass by Land’s End and a sea-lion colony.</p>
- Marisquería Mazatlán<p> Locals flock to this inexpensive seafood eatery for fresh grilled fish and marinated octopus with garlic and chilies.</p>
- Mercado de Artesanías<p> This artisan craft market at the western end of Marina San Lucas comes alive with the colors and patterns of Mexican pottery, blankets, jewelry, and sombreros.</p>