Los Cabos' luxurious desert oasis
84 Suites and Villas
Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort almost appears like an oasis in the middle of a desert, if only it weren’t overlooking the sparkling Sea of Cortez. Dotted with succulents, cacti and other native plants, the San Jose del Cabo hotel’s Mediterranean-Mexican-style buildings blend into the desert landscape, and its winding infinity pools seems to disappear into the ocean.
But this hotel isn’t a mirage: It will send a private car to fetch you from the airport, and at checkout, you’ll receive a Las Ventanas keepsake — a hand-blown glass heart from the tree in the lobby.
Continuity and the feeling of a community are important to the Ventanas team and it’s evident in what it does. The last of Los Cabos’ luxury hotels to reopen after 2014’s Hurricane Odile, everything about Las Vetnanas feels refreshed yet reassuringly the same.
The resort was rebuilt exactly as it had stood — even the gorgeous landscaping — at the request of owner Ty Warner. (Yes, of Beanie Baby fame). During the nearly year-long closure, the resort spent time on staff training, adding new programming and amenities that upped the luxury factor even further.
The crown jewel on the azure-colored Sea of Cortez, Las Ventanas boasts 83 spacious suites and villas with upwards of three bedrooms, each with unique local touches hand-crafted by Mexican artisans — including colorful tile mosaic headboards and hand-carved wood furniture — and unforgettable ocean views.
Las Ventanas teems with postcard worthy views, including infinity pools as far as the eye can see, soaring palapas and buildings with hand-troweled exterior walls in a desert-sand color. The beachfront hotel is at once sophisticated, romantic and elegant without being stuffy.
Dining options are plenty. The more upscale Restaurant specializes in traditional Mexican favorites sourced from the hotel’s diverse culinary staff, served family style and influenced by local and seasonal produce.
The Sea Grill serves tapas, grilled meals and more on the beach and in tables submerged in the pool. A standout is the Ceviche, Sushi & Tequila Bar, featuring more than 150 of Mexico’s finest tequilas and an unusual fusion of Japanese and Mexican culinary traditions. It also offers one of the most diverse ceviche menus in the region (don't miss the ceviche made with local jumbo white prawns).
For a deeper study in tequila, book the Tequila Sign class, where one of the hotel’s tequila experts guides you though a blind taste test of different blancos, reposados, anejos and mescals to create a tequila profile just for you. Your “sign” will be recognized throughout the resort, so bartenders and chefs can create cocktails and pairings that match your unique tastes.
Perhaps the most memorable aspect of Las Ventanas is the service. Every suite receives its own butler, who is on call 24 hours a day. Each staff member — from the landscapers to the general manager — greets you by name. (Many have been with the resort for years, if not decades, proudly displayed in tiny diamond studs on their lapel pins.)
No request is too large or too small, as evidenced by the resort’s “director of romance,” who aids in creating private on-the-beach dining experiences for two, oceanfront marriage proposals or over-the-top anniversary celebrations.
Elsewhere at the Los Cabos hotel, a poolside butler personalizes your relaxation time with Evian mist bottles to refresh your face, mini frozen margaritas and a sunglasses cleaning service. If you prefer, rent a beach cabana (complete with plunge pool and shower) to enjoy greater privacy.
Even pets are pampered with dedicated pet butlers. You’ll also be tended to before going to sleep; the aromatherapy turndown service allows you to select a scent (such as “Romance Exotica” with ylang-ylang and orange, or “Exuberance Balancing” with bergamot, verbena and geranium) to burn in your in-room fireplace. It’s the little things that deliver a luxury experience.
You’ll really feel like you’re on a tropical getaway at The Spa at Las Ventanas’ open-air treatment space underneath a palapa amid local desert flora and fauna. Relax pre- and post-treatment in a circular solarium to the melodic sounds of the wind blowing through crystal bowls.
Spa services incorporate local ingredients, such as the “moon flower” — from the pitaya plant indigenous to Baja that blooms at night — fragrant pineapple, regional honey and, of course, tequila.
Don’t miss the Signature Massage, a 90-minute ritual that combines an aromatherapy blend of your choice and fluid, flowing long strokes and a blend of Breema, shiatsu, Esalen, Thai, Swedish and Indonesian techniques. Therapists trained for more than 100 hours each to perfect this simple yet effective treatment.