If Esperanza looks familiar, you’ve probably seen it in a few Hollywood movies, or supermarket gossip tabloids where yet another vacationing celebrity was spotted at Esperanza. Such is the allure of Esperanza, with its setting as the main draw. At the tip of Baja Peninsula, just outside of Cabo San Lucas, where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez.
And then you have the resort itself, where privacy and seclusion are the resort’s hallmark . While not attempting to make any design statement, the biggest secret are its rooms. No standard rooms here — just 57 casitas and luxury suites, all with private terraces and ocean views. The décor is a safe contemporary Baja look, with plenty of stucco and exposed beams, and a smattering of works by local artists. Beds get special attention, all linens are Frette, no need to mention thread-count.
The restaurant offers an improbably beautiful view, as it is carved into the bluffs of Punta Ballena (Whale Point) overlooking the truly pacific (as opposed to Pacific) Sea of Cortez. Breakfast is served on a seaside terrace, La Terraza Americana serves the inevitable array of American style cuisine, and, not to be outdone, the Palapa Bar offers drinks with an ocean view, and a prodigious selection of tequilas.
Whale-watching, perhaps unsurprisingly in a place called Whale Point, is an option, as are all manner of other seafaring activities, from sailing to surfing. Land-lovers may prefer a day of spa treatments or yoga classes, a spin through the open-air art gallery, or a visit to either the historic town of San Jose del Cabo or the less historic nightlife of Cabo San Lucas.
It would be difficult to find bad food around here, whether in a proper restaurant or at a streetside vendor, and bars and nightclubs span the spectrum from local favorites to the Hard Rock Cafe. Then again it may be difficult to force yourself to leave the resort grounds, so comfortable and scenic are the surroundings.