by Danielle Walters
Cabo San Lucas
Majestic in aura, Capella Pedregal astounds the eye with its breathtaking location and luminous design. Come, experience perfection in one of Mexico’s preeminent destinations.
Situated on a secluded parcel of land on the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, the hotel has been a destination for celebrities and VIPs alike. Its unique location offers peaceful solitude due to the limited access through a 300-meter long private tunnel, Dos Mares. The more lively Cabo San Lucas is only a short five-minute walk for those who feel the need to venture out of seclusion.
The history of this majestic site stems from the same need for escape that visitors to the Capella Pedregal often feel. In the early 1970s, Manual Diaz Rivera left Mexico City to discover this untouched land near the small fishing village of Cabo. After purchasing the land in 1974, architect and family patriarch Don Manuel developed the 360-acre site into one of Mexico’s preeminent neighborhoods, Pedregal de Cabo. Thirty years later, Don Manual’s oldest grandson took the lead to develop the last untouched site that would become Capella Pedregal in 2009.
Capella’s design features the charming Spanish architecture that is emblematic of Mexico’s romance. Contrasted with the pueblo architecture are modern embellishments that give a sleek feel to the setting. Central to the resort is a grand pool that saunters through the main deck area mimicking a lazy stream. The pool is built up from the sand, so loungers have an uninhibited view of the stunning coastline
Capella’s unique location at the meeting point of the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez offers visitors frequent opportunities to see humpback whales off the coast. The hotel is built around its picturesque ocean setting with guestrooms and hotel amenities facing the water. There’s hardly a place on the resort without a magnificent view.
Because of the dry climate of the Baja Coast, Capella enjoys ideal weather almost year round. The resort has come to expect its typical pattern of 300 days of sunshine annually so much so that it offers a Rain Free Vacation Guarantee. Guests receive a complimentary night for a future stay at Capella in the event of rain during their visit.
A relatively small resort, Capella offers 96 guestrooms that are as comfortable as they are aesthetically stunning. Rooms feature Spanish charms coupled with all the modern conveniences. Each room includes custom furnishings, a cozy fireplace, a central computer system for room preferences, wireless internet, and a LCD television. Amenities unique to Capella include telescopes for stargazing, complimentary binoculars for whale watching, and an infinity plunge pool on a private terrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
The renowned Auriga Spa blends a uniquely Bajan vision combined with the fascinating tradition of Mexican folk healing. While offering an array of treatments, Auriga begins each with an introductory foot treatment that combines essential oils and natural herbs. Auriga’s signature treatments, called “Tapping into the Rhythm,” are based on the lunar cycles and changing seasons. The spa designer, the world acclaimed Sylvia Sepielli, has drawn heavily on the local natural healing culture, curanderismo. Auriga is truly a special place and unique in its conception from other Mexican luxury spas.