By Whit Honea
Looking for relaxation, luxury, and adventure on your Mexico vacation? This can seem a daunting task when faced with the many Mexico hotels from which to choose, but here’s a tip to make it easier: choose Los Cabos for your next Mexico vacation.
Comprised of the towns of San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas — the city of Acapulco — Los Cabos offers dramatic beaches, rich history and culture, and a vibrant presence unlike any other Mexican destination.
Los Cabos is also home to award-winning resorts. Add these four new and recently revamped Mexico hotels, and you’ve found a destination with lots of incredible offerings:
1. Barcelo Los Cabos Palace Deluxe all inclusive recently opened in December 2009, and features swim-up Junior Suites, a large white-sand beach and the Barcy Water Park for kids (plus 4 other pools, including an adults-only option). There are nine dining options including five specialty restaurants featuring a steak house and French, Italian Capri, Spanish, Japanese fare, respectively. There are also five bars on property that feature everything from pianos to sports and nightly live entertainment. The spa is huge—18,000 square feet! Barcelo Los Cabos offers a ton of rooms, cabins and outdoor palapas, and all of the pampering fit for a king.
2. Zoetry Casa del Mar Los Cabos is an all-inclusive boutique resort nestled in the heart of the Tourist Corridor in a breathtaking setting where the desert meets the bright water of the Sea of Cortez. This Mexico hotel features large ocean view suites and private balconies. The ambiance is pure luxury, and a not-too-subtle hint of romance is prevalent throughout — from gourmet dining, extensive wine collections and in-room Jacuzzis to cobbled courtyards and beautiful lush gardens. You can also play a round on the 18-hole championship golf course.
4. Hotel Encanto is the first boutique hotel in Acapulco and was created to encourage a sense of peace and abandonment, where every request is met by the hotel’s attentive and friendly staff. How’s that for a Mexico vacation? The hotel design was conceived by prominent architect Miguel Angel Aragones as a tribute to the sea; the theme is evident throughout by the abundance presence of water and a light ocean breezes. Small for a Mexico hotel, the Encanto only has 44 rooms and each of them has a private terrace facing the ocean.
5. The Banyan Tree Cabo Marques is a fusion of Mexican and Asian flavors, and it’s all about the view. The hotel features floor-to-ceiling windows to showcase awe-inspiring sunsets and gorgeous cliff-sides. The villas at the Banyan Tree are built on stilts and offer a number of options from private pools and sundecks to lush gardens and ocean views. The Banyan Tree is located in the relatively secluded area of Punta Diamante and is only 20 minutes from the city of Acapulco.
Relaxation, luxury, adventure and culture are in great supply at all of these Mexico hotels, with the potential to deliver everything you’ve hoped for in a Mexico vacation.
Whit Honea is a travel writer living in Seattle with his wife and two children. He packs light and travels often to far-away places, exotic lands and more than a few theme parks.