Los Cabos, Mexico

The Cape

Rates from (ex tax)$398.65

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 (USD534.19), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Beach blanket Baja

Setting

Mellow Monuments Beach

Call dibs on your slice of surfer’s paradise at the Cape, a glassy six-storey hotel overlooking Monuments Beach on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. The aesthetic may take a page from SoCal mid-century style, but with Javier Sanchez as the architect, famed chef Enrique Olvera’s eatery and local artwork throughout, it’s muy auténtico.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

161, including 54 suites.

Check–Out

12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $398.65, excluding tax at 34 per cent.

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 (USD398.65), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates do not include breakfast.

Also

Bottoms up: a hand-crafted bottle of tequila (created exclusively for the hotel) is waiting in rooms as a welcome gift. Local art abounds – from the handmade accents in rooms to the giant whale sculpture in the lobby formed from driftwood found on the beach after Hurricane Odile ripped through in 2014.

At the hotel

Two swimming pools, beach access, spa, fitness centre, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: minibar, free bottled water and Bigelow bath products.

Our favourite rooms

If you plan on settling in for a spell (trust us, you’ll want to) spring for a villa kitted out with a private plunge pool, kitchen and your very own at-your-service butler. Although not the largest, the Panoramic Suite with its corner room status and wide-angle views (even from the shower) is a real stunner.

Poolside

If the ocean isn't enough of a saline fix, take a dip in the saltwater pool that's been scooped out of the surrounding rocks. You can also nab a lounger beside the infinity edged pool (bonus: swim-up bar) which, at the right angle, appears to flow straight into the sea.

Spa

Crashing surf is the natural soundtrack at the aptly named Currents Spa, an eight-room (two for side-by-side sessions) space carved out of the natural rock formations just steps from the beach. Recoup after a long-haul flight with a gentle ‘Just Landed’ rub down, or roll back the years with a signature anti-aging massage.

Packing tips

Leave the binoculars behind – you'll find a pair for spying surfers catching waves in plain view from the private balconies off of every room.

Also

Monuments Beach is public, but secluded enough to keeps the crowds at bay. Accessible rooms are available, but there are stairs throughout the resort.

Pet‐friendly

Pups under 40lbs are welcome to join you at the beach. See more pet-friendly hotels in Los Cabos.

Children

Welcome. Cots are available at no cost, and a seasonal kids club is available during the holidays.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Manta’s floor-to-ceiling sea-gazing windows ensure that there’s no bad seat in the house, but on a balmy night an intimate two-top on the outdoor terrace can’t be beat.

Dress Code

The latest resort wear from of-the-moment designers and movie-star glamorous shades to blend in with the other Hollywood types sunning poolside.

Hotel restaurant

The hotel has three. Assess the surf over fluffy pancakes and huevos on the outdoor terrace at the Ledge, a beach-house inspired eatery. Order catch of the day and octopus tacos at lunchtime or stop by for a late afternoon ceviche snack. The main pool serves Mexican specialties and heaping platers of fresh fruit for lunch at the swim-up bar and terrace. The main attraction is Manta from the exceptional Enrique Olvera; the moniker is a nod to the manta ray a symbol of the seafood-leaning menu and the Spanish word for blanket and comfort. The New York-trained chef draws on global influences from Japan to Peru and his native Mexico for dishes that are delightful cultural mash-ups such as black miso fish tacos and a thick steak with edamame guacamole.

Hotel bar

With four fabulous bars on site you’re never far from a frozen pitaya (dragonfruit) margarita or a smoky mescal cocktail. Sip an afternoon cerveza (pre-game for the siesta) at the swim-up Pool Bar. The 60s-styled sunken Lobby Bar is ideal for a drink before dinner at Manta, or cool off with a cocktail at the Glass Cube, an architectural eyeful and the Cape’s only air-conditioned space. Have your camera with you when you head up to the city’s only rooftop lounge simply named the Rooftop – the ultimate perch for a sundowner and a tapas snack.

Last orders

The Ledge is open 6.30am–4pm and Manta serves dinner 6pm–12pm.

Room service

Ring up room service round-the-clock for breakfast, sandwiches and salads.

Location

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Address
The Cape
Carretera Transpeninsular Km 5 Misiones del Cabo, Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S. 23455
Cabo San Lucas
23455
Cabo San Lucas
Mexico

Planes

Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) is roughly a 45-minute drive from the hotel. Several international airlines offer direct routes from most major US cities.

Automobiles

If planning to explore Los Cabos at large a car is helpful, but be advised: roads can be tricky to navigate at points. The reward for braving local roads is that the valet parking at the hotel is free. Taxis are also readily available if you’d prefer to leave the driving to someone else.

Worth getting out of bed for

The area surrounding the Cape hotel is residential and quiet, but it’s all about the beach – and Monuments is a legendary one in Los Cabos. Experienced surfers can grab their boards and catch waves right off shore. Those keen to learn how to Hang Ten can paddle out with the instructors at Costa Azul Surf Shop, which has lessons for every level surfer in every season.

If hankering for more excitement on the high seas, take a 10-minute drive to the nearby Cabo San Lucas marina and set sail with Cabo Sailing Ocean Adventures. Whale watching tours, scuba diving sails and sunset cruises are just a few of the excursions on offer.

Local restaurants

With the most buzzed-about restaurant opening of late and several spots (all with knock-out views) for tapas to fish tacos or a heaping bowl of guac a stroll from your suite, there’s little reason to leave your luxurious confines.

If venturing off campus though, check out the ocean a few kilometres up the coast from Cocina del Mar’s seafacing stone patio at neighbouring Esperanza hotel (+01 800 681 9295). Pick and choose dishes to create a tailor-made three or four course tasting menu, or go straight for entrées from the sea (red snapper, catch of the day) or land (beef tenderloin, rack of lamb).

Further afield you’ll find Flora Farm (+52 624 355 4564), a charming ten-acre organic farm that’s roughly an hour’s drive away. Tour the grounds on select days and dine on the just-plucked goodness in Flora’s Field Kitchen restaurant. Feast on seasonal, Italian-inspired dishes such as house-made pastas, crisp wood-oven fired pizzas and hay cooked rabbit with charred vegetables. If staying for dinner, there’s live music nightly. 

Reviews

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Drea Sobieski

Anonymous review

It was late at night and our path was entirely unlabelled apart from a small sign at the turn that simply read ‘The Cape’. We continued into the darkness towards the coastline and away from the crowded town. The distant rush of cars on the highway faded behind us to be replaced by the sound of the ocean’s waves that crashed onto the shore beyond us.

Mr Smith and I tried to maintain our composure when, during the warmest of Cape welcomes, the receptionist informed us we’d been upgraded to a Junior Suite, with our own private plunge pool. (It’s worth noting that these sort of things – upgrades, winning things, lucky lottery tickets – never happen to me.)

We did our best to play it cool and blend in with our sophisticated surroundings – on the inside, though, I felt like a superstar on my first world tour. Our new friend, Javier, guided us to our second story room and gave us a brief walk through of the hotel’s amenities. I think so anyway; I was too distracted by the freestanding copper bathtub, rainshower, full cocktail mini-bar, king-size bed, private balcony (and did I mention our private plunge pool?)…

As the door clicked shut behind Javier, Mr Smith and I exchanged mischievous smiles from across the room. Almost on cue, we buzzed around the room, peeking into every drawer, jumping on the bed and exploring every corner. I wondered if other people did this or if we were alone in this secret habit.

Our gaze fell on a bottle of silver tequila next to a welcome note on the desk and Mr Smith declared a tequila toast. He did the honour of pouring two glasses (no ice), threw open the curtains and took to the balcony to invite the ocean to become a part of our toast. Throughout the night, we drank, we laughed, we plunged in our pool and relished in our new life of sophistication. I can’t remember the last time I slept so well.

I woke to the warmth of the sun on my eyelids and the sound of the ocean waves beyond the terrace below. Our entire room was glowing in golden light that made the room appear even larger than it had the night before.

Still lying in bed, I gazed past the terrace for a first glimpse of the landscape in daylight, and was struck by the masterpiece before us: sweeping ocean views with bold blue brush strokes. Further, in the distance, the sun illuminated the infamous El Arco and its neighboring rock formations as if a spotlight were being directed by the heavens.

I woke Mr Smith to make sure I wasn’t dreaming; if it weren’t for the breaking waves below us, I was convinced that I’d been staring at a painting. We slowly made our way down to the Ledge for breakfast, snacking on fresh fruit and orange juice and happily distracted by our views.

Mr Smith and I spent the afternoon basking by the pool. There was the main pool, home of the swim-up bar, with plenty of chaise lounges ideal for sunbathers and day drinkers. Then there was the neighbouring saltwater pool that we took a liking to, ideal for sol-drenched siestas in solitude or for curling up with a cocktail and cozy read.

There was also the beach, where guests can seek refuge in coveted cabanas and daybeds. We refueled in true Mexican spirit: sharing fish tacos and sipping margaritas. The staff were attentive to our every need, striking cheery conversations and offering tips for our stay. By the end of lunch they had transcended their title and were no longer staff; they were our friends.

A few hours in, our winter skin had seen enough sun for one day, so we headed back to our room to prepare for dinner. We had reservations at Enrique Olvera’s esteemed Manta. The restaurant had been high on my To Dine For list after experiencing his Mexico City establishment, Pujul, and watching his episode on Chef’s Table an embarrassing number of times.

Olvera’s creations are incredible – a tasteful (pun very much intended) blend of traditional Mexican fare with global influences and an emphasis on seafood and fresh, locally sourced ingredients. There was beef yakitori with spicy ponzu, black miso fish tacos, octopus anticucho, and fresh guacamole. And then there was dessert: hibiscus and beet shaved ice, yoghurt ice cream and lime, and tres leches cake with black cherry ice cream. Each dish was artfully plated and perfectly portioned.

We eventually retreated back to our room full and satisfied and the ocean sang us to sleep one last time, while reality lingered just beyond the darkness.

At the Cape, steps between the untouched beach and the hotel are short, while days are blissfully long. Minutes melt by slowly, allowing ample time to swap the touristy Cabo San Lucas crowds for solitude by the pool, and to trade tawdry beach parties for laid-back culinary sophistication, all while enjoying uninterrupted views. The only wild things you’ll find are the waves.

Our new friends bid us farewell as we start the car, journeying back up the road that once seemed so long. Behind us, the rush of the ocean waves dwindled and once again we were soundtracked by speeding cars on the highway ahead of us. I tried to hold onto the sound of those waves for as long as I could on our journey home. I try to hold onto that sound even now, actually. It reminds me of the quiet, the calm, my love for Mr Smith, and the bliss we shared at the Cape.

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