Los Cabos, Mexico

Mar Adentro

Rates from (ex tax)$235.94

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD280.77), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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Style

Futuristic water world

Setting

Cortez seaside

Luxury beachside hotel Mar Adentro is a futuristic collection of buildings and dark-stone lined pools (some for swimming, some for a spot of quiet reflection); an ensemble cool enough to model for a design magazine’s cover. Stone walkways criss-cross the resort, leading to the restaurants – one of which is housed in a structure that resembles the nest of a huge mechanical bird – the bars, and the soothing spa. Self-taught Mexican architect Miguel Angel Aragonés conceived this boutique resort by the Sea of Cortez; his design echoes the horizon line, leaving much of the resort open to ocean views. Within, minimalist rooms and suites also play with perspective and give the illusory feeling of floating over the reflecting pools below. 

 

Smith Extra

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One bottle of house wine and full Continental breakfast; early check-in and late check-out, subject to availability

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

91, including 28 suites.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $235.94, excluding tax at 19 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 15% per room per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD280.77), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually exclude breakfast; à la carte menu items start at MXN$79 for pastries and freshly-squeezed juices, and go up to MXN$316 for cooked-to-order breakfasts.

Also

Yogis-in-training can arrange personalised sea-view, waterside, or rooftop sessions for any time they'd like.

At the hotel

Spa, private beach, gym and yoga studio, free WiFi throughout, and laundry services. In rooms: a TV, air-conditioning, minibar, free bottled water, Molton Brown bath products and control panel for the room’s mood-lighting, sound system, speakers and safe.

Our favourite rooms

You’ll have (at least partial) ocean views and a private terrace in any and all of the stylishly minimalistic rooms and suites – all dressed in smart Italian furnishings by Poliform. For a bit of extra space, including a kitchenette with a coffee machine, a lounge area with a sofa big enough to sprawl on, and uninterrupted views out to the water, spring for one of the Center Ocean View Suites.

Poolside

The main swimming pool has sea views and is surrounded by a series of reflecting pools; this oval-shaped, heated outdoor pool is for adults only. It’s flanked by custom-made teak sunloungers that can be transformed into private shaded shelters. A second outdoor heated pool is family-friendly.

Spa

Filled with natural light and surrounded by 6,500sq ft of water, the Mar Abierto Spa is soothingly scented with bespoke perfume blends. Choose from a range of massage treatments, personalised aromatherapy programmes, and wellness treatments, and settle into one of the three treatment rooms (one specifically designed for couples). All senses are stimulated, even hearing: Bach, Vivaldi and a select group of modern composers are piped in while you’re pampered.

Packing tips

Mrs Smiths will want to bring their Mara Hoffman beachwear, or channel vintage 1960s Barbie with black and white chevron swimsuits for maximum effect against the bold architectural backdrop.

Also

All common areas in the hotel are wheelchair-accessible. Some rooms have been adapted for guests with mobility issues: if needed, request when booking.

Children

Welcome. Babysitting can be arranged for US$25 an hour, and colourful play area Ludoteca has designated spaces for painting, reading, and napping; during peak seasons it’s supervised by child-care professionals.

Eco‐friendly

Mar Adentro is focused on water sustainability; seawater is purified on site through a process of desalination, reverse osmosis and activated carbon filtration, and UV-ray cleansing.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

At Nido, go for one of the cosy built-in sofas; anywhere on the open terrace at Nube, and ask for the most out-of-the way table at intimate Origen.

Dress Code

Think minimalist and refined, in keeping with the resort’s design.

Hotel restaurant

You’re likely to notice the distinct latticework structure – a bit like an overturned nest, and made of recycled natural materials by local craftsmen – before you smell the enticing aroma of freshly-brewed coffee wafting from it in the mornings. Enjoy breakfasts of fried corn chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, fresh fruits and yoghurt, pancakes and eggs-many-ways. When lunchtime rolls around, sip vintages from the extensive wine list and snaffle fresh sushi and seasonal ceviche, or opt for a coconut- and ginger-marinated, grilled catch of the day. Origen puts a modern spin on Mexican cuisine, with a dash of international flavour. The hotel’s unique architecture creates a surprisingly intimate alfresco space, where you can dine on trios of tostadas, freshly-caught seafood from the Sea of Cortez, and cocoa tamales dolloped with hibiscus compote. For sunset dinners make your way to Nube’s ocean-view terrace of Nube and order Mexican-inspired sharing plates. Once a month, Nube hosts singer-songwriter concerts arranged via Los Angeles music venue Hotel Café.

Hotel bar

Surrounded by reflecting pools, sunken bar Roca has cosy seating turned to face the horizon, and a cocktail menu heavy on fresh fruits and natural spirits. Order a round of Mexican sharing plates, inspired by traditional cantina snacks: our pick, the corn-dough cheese puffs with green tomatillo and avocado sauce or the spicy chickpea-and-ancho hummus, served with plantain and tortilla chips.

Last orders

Breakfast (from 7am to 11am) and lunch (from 12 noon to 5pm) are both served a Nido. Dine at Origen from 6pm to 10.30pm, and at Nube from 6pm to 11pm.

Room service

The room service menu is available 24 hours, and has breakfast (from 7am to noon), lunch, and dinner (noon to 10pm), and a late-night menu.

Location

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Address
Mar Adentro
Paseo Malecon San José Lote 8, Zona Hotelera
San José del Cabo
23400
San José del Cabo
Mexico

Planes

Los Cabos International Airport is 15 kilometres from the hotel (25 minutes by car); the hotel can arrange private, one-way transfers for US$125 a person; shared transfers are US$25 a person, each way.

Automobiles

On-site, valet parking is available for free, but you won’t need a car to reach things in nearby Cabo; just hop on one of the hotel's bikes for a leisurely pedal into town.

Worth getting out of bed for

Fitness fiends will want to pop into the resort’s vast, high-tech gym, which has cardio machines, TRX suspension training, and a Pilates and yoga studio. The hotel’s sweeping stretch of white sand has a liberal sprinkling of palm trees, and the beach club serves fresh coconut juice and other refreshments from its food-truck kitchen. Snag a shaded sunlounger, or venture to the edges of the swimmable beach where staff are on hand to supply chaises, umbrellas or towels. 

Spy on birds and other wildlife at the coastal tributaries of Estero, which connects to the open sea; it's a three-minute cycle from the hotel (ask to borrow a bike at reception). Mar Adentro is 10 minutes by bike from the café-dotted colonial downtown of San José del Cabo. If it’s ocean-based mammals of impressive size you’re interested in, you’re in luck; the sea just off Cabos is prime whale-watching territory (humpbacks in particular). And for those who like to get their feet wet, head over to Cabo Pulmo National Park for snorkelling in one of the world’s largest reefs. This marine park on the East Cape region stretches for five miles from northernmost tip, Pulmo Point. Surrounded by pristine desert and a soaring mountain range, the beaches of Cabo Pulmo Park give way to a shallow bay that cradles one of three living reefs and the only hard coral reef in North America.

Local restaurants

Tucked into the cliffs over the sea, El Fallaron at The Resort at Pedregal is modelled after coastal seafood shacks. Choose your fresh fish from the day’s haul; it’ll be weighed, grilled and served with chillies. Helmed by Enrique Olvera, Manta at The Cape has a seafood-heavy menu that draws on global influences from Japan to Peru to Mexico; dishes include cultural mash-ups, such as black miso-glazed fish tacos and thick steaks with edamame guacamole. Beachside Hacienda Cocina & Cantina has views of the Land’s End rock formations, a beach bar, tables in the sand, and a menu of tostadas and lobster enchiladas.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this futuristic hotel in Mexico and unpacked their dog-eared poolside reading, a full account of their seaside break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Mar Adentro in Los Cabos…

Boutique beachside getaway Mar Adentro juxtaposes the – what could have been – severe angular architecture of its white buildings with the sweeping curves of blue-black reflection pools. It’s a little less traditional Cabo, a little more sci-fi-evoking, and the whole resort seems to float on water. Curved outdoor swimming pools are flanked by sunloungers with billowing white curtains, and a swim-worthy white-sand beach is just steps away.

A trio of alfresco eateries serve up fish so fresh you may have spotted it in the Sea of Cortez earlier in the day, and the drinks list focuses on fruit-infused Mexican cocktails and very drinkable wines. If that’s not enough to lure you to this calmer side of Cabos, let the soothing spa and nearby snorkelling opportunities entice you. 

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