Last week, I took off for one of my favorite properties – Esperanza Los Cabos.
I first visited this Auberge hotel a few years ago for a meal, and knew it was the only place I would stay when I returned. Los Cabos is known for many things – the arch, the surf, the aquatic life surrounding it – but this little sliver of beach should be added to everyone’s list when visiting Cabo. I’ve visited many Auberge properties over the lifetime of this travel blog, and Esperanza is by far one of my most coveted trips.
Being an Auberge property, top level service is delivered from the moment guests arrive. Karim, our personal concierge, greeted me at the end of the long driveway with fresh pineapple infused margaritas, finished with my favorite Tajin spice. I stepped out of the car and in front of the notable fire feature that denotes Esperanza. Just past it the lies the stunningly blue ocean and Cocina Del Mar, the cliffside restaurant that is one of the best in all of Los Cabos. To the right, the residences and more restaurants, pools, and a beach available to guests with swings and a picturesque hammock. To the left, the hotel side of the property with rooms, another pool area and that perfect sliver of rocky beach.
I completed the check-in process in the privacy of my room, connecting with Karim via text for any and all needs that I have during our stay. Casita 36 faced the Sea of Cortez with a private balcony and jacuzzi that opened to the soaking tub inside the bathroom. Chic and neutral, the color palette at Esperanza just calls out to be photographed.
As much as I would like to, I don’t sleep well when I am not in my own bed and environment. I swear these beds are made out of magic. I crashed the first night and didn’t move until sunrise. I thought I was crazy, but Kristin slept the same way. Auberge – magic beds.
We had a full itinerary of everything we wanted to do while on property and in Los Cabos, Mexico. The hotel had planned a few meals and activities, including our first time playing pickle ball. Our first night, we had dinner at Cocina Del Mar, and the chef brought out an array of raw fish as well as a delicious lobster. We drank margaritas by the fire, and it was the perfect first evening.
We worked all of that off the next day on the courts where ping pong meets tennis and it’s called pickle ball. It’s much easier than tennis and I’m thankful because I am horrifically terrible at tennis. Other activities including tennis courts, and yard games like bocce ball are also available on property.
We knew that we wanted to take a sailboat out one day because March is also whale watching season in Los Cabos. We could see so many from the hotel and with each meal we were handed a pair of binoculars to get a closer look. The planning was completed with a simple text to our concierge Karim and we had a private boat and a car to take us there as well as a photographer on board. We even caught a close up glimpse at a few whales and it was breathtaking.
While off property, we stopped in to Corazón Playero, a custom hat shop in San José del Cabo. You have to make an appointment, but Karim was there for us in scheduling a time for us to shop and get matching hats set to arrive any day back in the States. We also stopped in to Flora Farms, a gorgeous spot for lunch and shopping. We ate dinner at a relatively new spot Acre Baja, which is incredible farm to table food in a very hidden and picturesque atmosphere.
Back at Cocina Del Mar for lunch the next day we chowed down on some of the best sushi I have ever eaten. It was so good that I asked the chef to make us two to go boxes on the day we left because I was so sad I was going to miss lunch on property. We had to leave for the airport as the restaurant was opening, but Auberge came through along with two margaritas to go and our negative COVID tests to get back into the U.S. Testing was done privately on property and was very convenient.
In between all of the food and activities, we were beachside back at Esperanza. We spent as much time as we possibly could in those chairs over our four day stay in Los Cabos. It ended all too soon and we can’t wait to visit again. Thank you so much to Auberge for hosting us!
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