Tucked away between two scenic bluffs on the Baja Peninsula lies an Auberge Resorts Collection property, Esperanza. In 2018, this stunning 5-star resort was added to Travel and Leisure Magazine’s “World’s Best” list. The reason for this honorable recognition became quite clear from the moment we stepped foot on property.
The “we” I am referring to is Bret Saberhagen, former Major League Baseball Pitcher and 1985 World Series MVP, and myself. In all honesty, I was a bit apprehensive traveling to Mexico for vacation, due to all the recent travel advisories, however, I was assured by Bret, that once at Esperanza, our safety wouldn’t cross my mind.
The outstanding service began upon our arrival. All guests arriving are greeted at a drop off point, and immediately offered a signature cocktail or iced tea (not a hard choice for Bret and I – bring on the mango margarita!). As our luggage was being unloaded, we were escorted to a marbled, mosaic-tiled rotunda that overlooks the glittering Sea of Cortez. After a few moments, with our refreshing cocktails in hand, we were led on a tour around the grounds.
The color scheme throughout the resort, a blend of sandy neutrals and shades of gray, along with the architectural touches, create a casual, sophisticated tropical ambiance. What really caught my eye was the stunning driftwood pieces that are prominently placed around the resort; a beautiful enhancement to the surrounding colors.
Two years ago, interior designer, Mary Alice Palmer of HKS Architects and resort landscape architect, George Girvin, led the resort in an extensive redesign. The goal, in which they obviously succeeded, was to build and shape the landscape, while protecting, preserving and enhancing the beauty and substance of nature.
Last stop on our property tour was our accommodations. Once inside, guests receive the key and formalize any hotel paperwork. In–room private registration is an element that I have come to love. I would much rather hand over my passport, fill out forms and receive the room key in my room, than waiting on line at a registration desk.
Our ocean view, one bedroom suite could be described as “heavenly beach meets trendy chic”. The “heavenly beach” was the bedroom. Other than a few turquoise beach themed accent pieces, it was entirely white with the focus on a king sized canopy bed. With the entire bed draped in sheer white fabric, it looked oh so heavenly!
The living room was styled with neutral leather furniture, yet combined with bold animal print accent pieces, the unique blend was fabulous “trendy chic”. Sliding glass doors, extending from living room to bedroom, opened up to an oversized, ocean-facing balcony. Along with a couch on the balcony, was an elevated hot tub; candles and champagne placed alongside made for a very romantic setting.
Just a short distance away from our room – and all rooms – is the resort pool. This breathtaking two-tiered infinity pool sits directly above the resorts private beach. The lower pool features chaise lounge chairs that are partially submerged in the water. With the pool made from shimmering teal tiles, the entire pool sparkles when the warm sun hits! The upper pool has a misting waterfall in a secluded enclave area. Sheer beauty!
After some time spent at the pool, Bret and I craved an ocean breeze. Lucky for us, set up along the beach are private palapa-style (thatched roof) cabanas and day beds built for two.
The service at both the pool and beach was superior; we never had to wait for a drink to be refilled or pillow fluffed. I highly recommend the frozen goddess cocktail made from fresh mango. We couldn’t get enough of them!
The resort is well known for its spectacular cliff-side dining at Cocina del Mar. Spectacular! Waves crashed right below our table into the rugged coastline, and soft, ambient lights lit the walkway as twinkle lights hung from above. We chose the ‘sea-to-table’ tasting dinner, which came with a wine and tequila (our favorite!) pairing and matched the view. Incredible! Every meal we had at Esperanza, at every dining location, delivered on its reputation for excellence.
Esperanza has a world-renowned spa; how could we not partake in spa treatments? From its beautiful oasis, rustic-style décor to a massage tailored to fit each of our specific needs, it was on point for luxury and pampering!
Bret had told me that I would not feel unsafe at any point during our stay and, as it turns out, he was absolutely correct. I am not sure if it was from all the Mango goddesses or the tequila shots, the hypnotic ocean views, the incredible service, or being on the only private beach in Los Cabos, but not once did any type of safety issue cross my mind.
It makes sense that this luxury resort is named Esperanza, meaning “HOPE” in Spanish. Once you visit, you leave “HOPING” to return again soon.