Las Ventanas al Paraiso

Las Ventanas al Paraiso

Overview

Las Ventanas al ParaisoSituated between San Jose Del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, Las Ventanas is located 20 minutes southwest of San Jose Del Cabo International Airport. At the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos combines a starkly beautiful desert landscape with one of the richest marine environments encompassing both the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez. The latter is an underwater wonderland, teeming with diverse sea life. The desert is a mosaic of color and texture with forests of saguaro cactus, sand dunes and stunning rock formations. Los Cabos is Mexico’s leading upscale tourist destination. Hollywood first discovered it in the post-World War II years when stars went down for the sport fishing and to relax in privacy. There is so much to do here and enjoy in the warm sun that shines year-round.

What to expect: Hollywood’s movers-and-shakers and honeymooners mingle freely near the pools and at the lounge. Though calming and sophisticated, Las Ventanas also has a sense of playfulness and fun. Guests are greeted in their rooms with a shot of tequila, served in a clay jar. Pool butlers offer CD players and stop by hourly with a fresh spritz of frosted Evian, chocolate sorbet, and a chilled towel. The staff uses tunnels to move about, leaving guests to lounge undisturbed.

Amenity highlights: Eight-room villas face the water above sloping, grassy grounds. Each Wednesday, the hotel hosts a beachside barbecue party serving fine cuts and seafood. The adjacent Cabo Real golf course challenges players with several holes along the waterfront, including hole 15, whose green is just up a small hill from the hotel pool. Guests resting in beachside hammocks can request wake-up service by raising a flag. Hammocks are also equipped with a pulley system to alleviate the need to foot-propel the swaying action. In winter months, the staff scans the sea for signs of passing whales and signals guests by blowing an alert with a conch shell.

Insider tip: Each night, a single table is set up for a private beachfront dinner, requiring diners to reserve well in advance.

Accommodations

Las Ventanas al ParaisoLas Ventanas has 61 guest suites with ocean/garden views. Mediterranean architecture dominates the exteriors, while Mexican motifs inspire interior decor. All rooms are 960 square feet and have wood-burning fireplaces, high-powered telescopes for whale watching and star gazing, whirlpool tubs and guests’ choice of seven pillow types. Large outdoor patios have oversized couches and a small writing desk.

Expansive and richly appointed, all suites have marble showers and Conchuela limestone floors. At the end of the day share the warmth of a seaside fire, and be lulled to rest by the rhythm of gently washing waves. Or, turn your personal telescope toward the heavens to gaze at the shimmering stars.

Dining

Las Ventanas al ParaisoAt the resort’s beautiful dining room every table features a fabulous view of the sun-soaked pool area and glistening Sea of Cortez. Engaging Mexican-Mediterranean inspired decor features a meandering, hand-painted mural that captures the essence of the local area. The tables are set with the finest, hand-painted Mexican crockery for breakfast and lunch, and for dinner with renowned Bernardaud crockery from Limoge, France. Guests may opt for covered outdoor seating or indoor dining in a climate-controlled ambiance. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

At the The Restaurant, Las Ventanas introduced a new cuisine to the world, Baja-Mediterranean. It blends the best of Baja with the internationally loved and acclaimed culinary style of the Mediterranean. Baja is known for its spectacular abundance, a virtually unrivaled and diverse harvest from the sea as well as a wealth from the fields and gardens of the peninsula — giving Las Ventanas a rich basket of culinary building blocks to inspire creativity and blend with the traditional light and healthy cooking techniques of the Mediterranean.

“The quality of the ingredients has always been the key to preparing the best Mediterranean dishes, and we have of course applied this fundamental concept to our Baja-Mediterranean cuisine,” explained Executive Chef Fabrice Guisset. The resort has conducted extensive research to discover sources for the finest and freshest foods available across the breadth of the 1000-mile-long Baja Peninsula. Superior-quality fruits and vegetables are being procured from a handful of innovative organic farms that grow both typical varieties of the region and exotic ones from far away lands. Seafood comes from fisheries that are also fully organic, as well as master fisherman who angle the deepest, richest waters where the best fish are found.

Baja and the Mediterranean are the ideal combination to create exquisite, mouth-watering dining. Dishes such as Merlot Glazed Tuna with Onion Marmalade, Seared Baby Red Snapper with Vegetables Ratatouille and Mustard Sauce and Roast Suckling Pig with Sweet Potato Puree blend the freshest, most succulent Baja products with the heavenly flavors of the Mediterranean.

Complementing the signature, award-winning Baja-Mediterranean cuisine, The Restaurant also offers two different types of Mexican menus:

THE FLAVORS OF MEXICO MENU menu features traditional and classic dishes of Mexico exquisitely prepared with a Las Ventanas touch. Changed frequently, they comprise such offerings as Cochinita Pibil con Frijoles Negros en Salsa Ixnipec (pork cooked in banana leaves with red bell pepper sauce and black beans), Tamalito Oaxaqueno (Oaxaca-style pork tamale), and Huachinango a la Veracruzana (Veracruz-style grilled red snapper with tomato-based onion, caper and olive sauce). Or such desserts as Tamal de Chocolate (chocolate tamale with maracuya sorbet) and Pumpkin Flan with Churros.

THE MEXICAN TASTING MENU gives time-honored original recipes a modern interpretation and bold new flavors. For example, a beef enchilada is enhanced with fava beans puree, the pork in a traditional Cochinita Pibil en Salsa Ixnipec is replaced with Lobster Napoleon, and Tamale with Corn Sauce is enriched with foie gras. The tasting menu, which is changed twice a week, is served in multiple small courses of several mouth-watering bites each.

Amemities

Las Ventanas al ParaisoFor a fee, the hotel’s two luxury yachts, docked at Marina San Lucas, take guests on snorkeling trips and on tours of the bay and “El Arco” – the arch at Land’s End. The world-renown spa pampers visitors with a variety of traditional and European treatments, including a massage for two under the stars. An herb garden grows all the herbs for the restaurants and hosts a regional cooking class.

A crescent-shaped hot tub, multiple swimming pools and an expansive beach give guests options for splashing or relaxing. To keep guests focused on relaxing, a signal scrambler jams cell phones and guests are requested not to use computers in public areas.

Las Ventanas also pampers pets, with walking trips, massages and even specially prepared meals, including Fido’s Fajitas and the Kitty’s Captain’s Table.

The Spa

Las Ventanas al ParaisoRealize your optimum well being and enhance your quality of life in a secluded desert garden setting. Our team of specialists can guide you in formulating a personalized spa experience. The Spa’s extensive range of services are inspired by restorative treatments, holistic therapies, healing rituals, organic products and native remedies found in Baja, Mexico, and around the world.

The Spa at Las Ventanas embraces a holistic approach, drawing upon the belief of the ancient healers of Baja California that emotion, spirit and physical well-being must be constantly balanced.

The healers were masters of the four elements of Earth, Water, Air and Fire, recognizing that each element evokes a specific power within oneself. The elements were the foundation of their holistic ceremonial rites and healing rituals. At The Spa at Las Ventanas, the four elements are the foundation of our techniques, treatments and products.

Local Attractions

Las Ventanas al ParaisoThe Tourist Corridor: Los Cabos “The Capes” is the general name given to the area but it refers more specifically to the tourist corridor, the 20-mile-long area of white-sand beaches, hotels and resorts between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas.

Sport fishing: Los Cabos is one of the world’s great sport fishing destinations. The varieties of fish, in an area so compact and accessible, is unequaled elsewhere. It is particularly famous for its concentration of swordfish and sailfish, and is known as “The Marlin Capital of the World.” In addition to big trophy fish, you can catch everything from mahi mahi and tuna to roosterfish, halibut, wahoo and corvina.

Snorkeling & Scuba Diving: The Sea of Cortez is a colorful underwater world of beauty and wonder with living coral reefs, sand falls, ocean canyons and old shipwrecks to explore. Tropical fish, hammerhead sharks, moray eels and turtles abound.

Sailing & Sea Kayaking: Los Cabos is a recreational sailor’s dream with endless undeveloped coastline, small islands and open waters to explore. It is also a world-class sea-kayaking destination with coves, inlets, water caves and beaches that are only accessible by kayak.

Windsurfing & Surfing: Los Cabos is a windsurfer’s paradise with good wind action, particularly from November through March. And surfing is excellent on the Pacific without the crowds typical of the surfing spots in Northern Baja .

Golf: Los Cabos has evolved into one of Mexico’s leading golf destinations with six spectacular courses, all created by the biggest names in golf course design: Palmilla, Cabo del Sol and El Dorado were all designed by Jack Nicklaus; Cabo San Lucas Country Club by Roy & Pete Dye; Cabo Real by Robert Trent Jones II; and the newest and most luxurious course, Querencia, by Tom Fazio.

Local Towns & Villages: Several towns and villages, easily reached on day trips, offer history, shopping and more. Todo Santos, originally a Jesuit mission and plantation, today is known for its fishing industry, fruit orchards and handmade crafts; it is a beautiful 50-mile drive up the Pacific coast from Cabo San Lucas through a desert landscape with a backdrop of jagged mountains. Miraflores, about 35 miles from San Jose del Cabo, is another quaint Baja village with the area’s only zoo. About 124 miles north of San Jose is the main town and capital of Southern Baja , La Paz . Originally a pirates’ haven, Italian missionaries built a church here more than 500 years ago and today it offers history, shopping, restaurants and more.

Shopping: A colorful and diverse selection of handmade artisanry is sold in shops including silver jewelry, hand-painted vases, wrought-iron candleholders, ceramic figures and masks, flowing Mexican dresses, and carved wood objects.

Night Life: Los Cabos is alive with food, music and dancing. Cabo San Lucas at night has been called Cabo San “Loco” with its many bars, clubs, discos and live music. San Jose del Cabo is known for its fine restaurants and nightclubs with live dance bands and other entertainment.

 

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