By Robyn Moreno
Mexico meets the Mediterranean at the award-winning Las Ventanas al Paraiso, which is located between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, Mexico. The first ultra-luxury hotel to be built in the Los Cabos area, Las Ventanas — which translates as "windows to paradise" — still sets the standard with spacious all-suite accommodations and service that attracts stars such as Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lopez, their beaux and their pals.
In addition to A-listers, Las Ventanas al Paraiso attracts honeymoon couples and others who enjoy pampering, a gorgeous setting overlooking the sparkling Sea of Cortez and fresh, seasonal, sophisticated cuisine. The stunning natural setting stimulated the senses from early morning to twilight and into the starry night.
Guest Rooms at Las Ventanas al Paraiso:
Drawing on the surrounding Baja beauty, the 83 all-suite rooms at Las Ventanas exude desert chic with wood-beamed ceilings, Conchuela limestone floors, and hand-made, mosaic-tile headboards. All rooms at Las Ventanas come with fireplaces, terraces overlooking the sea, and — for an true out-of-this-world experience — telescopes, where on a clear sky you might see one of Saturn’s rings or Jupiter’s moons.
Dining at Las Ventanas al Paraiso:
Las Ventanas offers creative cuisine in a variety of cool settings. Enjoy breakfast al fresco at The Restaurant, lunch on lobster tacos at their Sea Grill, sip aged tequila at the Tequila & Ceviche Bar, or dine among great vintages in La Cava, where the sommelier can suggest superb Mexican wines.
For a real treat, request a private table for two on the beach and toast to the future in front of a private bonfire. Room service is also available so couples may dine in the privacy of their patio.
Honeymoons and Romantic Getaways at Las Ventanas al Paraiso:
Las Ventanas boasts a Director of Romance who is adept at catering to the the whims of honeymoon couples and other romantics.
From chartering a private yacht for deep-sea fishing to arranging massages for two in a guestroom to hiring an ultra-light plane to fly over Las Ventanas at a designated time with an "I love you" message, this pro can customize a romantic dream vacation.
Destination Weddings at Las Ventanas al Paraiso:
Couples wishing to marry at Las Ventanas can have a destination wedding ceremony and reception at The Plaza, a patio space that overlooks the Sea of Cortez that can hold up to 60 guests. The property’s Director of Romance, at guests' service to plan and create a romantic experience, can also help to arrange an intimate beach wedding or another kind of customized affair.
Fitness and Spa Areas at Las Ventanas al Paraiso:
Guests can unwind at The Spa at Las Ventanas, which incorporates local herbs into many treatments. Choices include The Path of the Shaman, a 90-minute ancient cleansing ritual performed by a Shaman healer in a private sanctuary; a 90-minute Equilibrian Bamboo Massage; and a 3.5-hour Body and Mind Energy Restoration that begins with yoga and concludes with lunch at at La Cocina del Spa. For a truly swoon-worthy spa experiences, enjoy massages aboard the resort's own yacht while it cruises the Sea of Cortez.
The gym offers elliptical machines, treadmills, a Pilates machine, weights, and private yoga classes. Las Ventanas also has tennis courts and a Robert Trent Jones II-designed golf course on premises.
Nearby Las Ventanas al Paraiso:
Las Ventanas is located twenty minutes from both bustling Cabo San Lucas and the more laid-back San José del Cabo. An hour-and-a-half drive leads to the bohemian town of Todos Santos. Visitors there will get a dose of culture by meandering through the city’s eclectic art galleries and can chill out afterwards with a cold cerveza at one of its casual cafes.
Is Las Ventanas al Paraiso Right for You?:
Five-Diamond Las Ventanas is all about luxury, from aromatherapy turndown service to pool butlers who spray guests with frosted Evian water and clean their sunglasses. If indulgence is on the top of your vacation agenda and you have the money to splurge, head to Las Ventanas and have a ball.