Can any of the new hotels in Los Cabos beat the views you get of the iconic “Arch” at the Cape Cabo? We doubt it.
When checking into the edgy new property just outside the town of Cabo San Lucas (proper name: The Cape, a Thompson Hotel), we couldn’t help but gape at El Arco across the ocean bay, bathed in gold as the sun set behind it.
El Arco – if you’re not familiar with the resort destination of Los Cabos, Mexico – is the distinctive granite rock formation at the tip of the Baja Peninsula that everyone who visits can’t wait to see up close by taking a water taxi or glass-bottom boat ride.
The Cape Cabo, a Thompson Hotel
The Cape Cabo opened its doors in late June, 2015.
It’s the first Mexican venture for Thompson Hotels, which manages a collection of deluxe boutique properties in cities such as New York, Miami, London and Toronto.
It’s 5 star. But with a hip contemporary vibe, it’s quite different from other high-end hotels in the area, like the One & Only Palmilla and Las Ventanas al Paraiso (both of which we’ve stayed at and reviewed). They fall more into the “traditional luxury” category.
The Cape Hotel in Cabo, on the other hand, targets couples with a youthful outlook.
It was the first time we’ve stayed at a Thompson hotel – and we don’t think it will be our last!
Here are 7 things we loved about the Cape in Los Cabos:
1. Every room has a smashing view
Yes, that’s right.
All 161 guestrooms have views of El Arco beyond the glittering bay. Totally awesome, OMG, in-your-face views that you never get tired of gawking at.
2. It’s fun to swing on your day-bed
The Cape Hotel in Cabo has two buildings with guestrooms. We prefer the main building – in large part because all rooms here have terraces with hanging cushioned daybeds. In the late afternoon, when it was too warm to lounge at the beachfront swimming pool, we retreated to the shade of our terrace and enjoyed listening to the waves while swinging gently on the big daybed.
Room tip: Go for a Grand Terrace room on the first and second floors of the main building, as they have larger terraces.
We stayed in a first floor Grand Terrace room, where the unique terraces are all black (black walls, black floor, black ceiling) – they were designed like an old-fashioned camera to direct the eye straight out to the sea. Quite clever!
3. You get a hand-etched, crystal bottle of tequila
We thought we’d sip just a little (and save some to bring back home). But the extra-smooth, blue Agave tequila – distilled exclusively for the Cape – was so good that even though we’re not tequila lovers, we couldn’t resist finishing it.
All guests receive the tequila as a welcome amenity, accompanied by a platter of orange slices and chili-spiced Sal de Gusano (or “worm salt,” a smoky salt made from the gusano worm).
4. Manta at the Cape Los Cabos – tasty fusion food
Los Cabos has great restaurants. One is found at the Cape.
The Manta restaurant in Cabo is the resort’s dinner-only restaurant.
Featuring Peruvian, Mexican and Japanese fusion food, Manta is one of the most avant-garde restaurants in Los Cabos.
Chef Enrique Olvera – who opened Pujol in Mexico City, widely regarded as Mexico’s best restaurant – oversees the kitchen at Manta at the Cape Los Cabos. And the dishes he and his team whip up are light (no heavy cream sauces), healthy and tantalizingly tasty.
We were especially taken with the cactus salad, grilled octopus with chorizo mayo, and fresh fish with a ginger-garlic foam.
To go with the interesting food, a curated beverage menu focuses on mezcals, tequilas and sakes. Or you can choose a fine Mexican wine (the Valle de Guadalupe on the northern Baja coast is producing some great wines).
5. The Cape is pet-friendly
Well-behaved pooches may stay with you (request a pet-friendly room). We saw at least two small dogs being walked on their leashes from the hotel to the beach at front.
6. The Cape Hotel, Cabo San Lucas, has a sexy spa
We didn’t use the spa, but we had a peek at it. It’s a very Zen space with seven treatment rooms (softly lit with dark charcoal grey walls and minimal art) and two oceanview cabanas for al fresco massages. We could feel our bodies going “Ahhhh…” just walking through the spa out to the warm, freeform, saltwater pool that it overlooks.
7. You can see the sea from your bathroom
Many guestrooms have free-standing, copper-leafed bath tubs, positioned in such a way that you can see out from the tub through the bedroom to your terrace and ocean view beyond. We could also spy seagulls and the ocean from our glass-walled shower.
If you stay at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel
The Cape is on the outskirts of Cabo San Lucas, about a $15 to $20 USD taxi ride away from town.
The splendid infinity pool gets all-day sun. For shade, we could always find an empty curtained cabana. But when the hotel is busy, will there be enough cabanas for the guests who want them?
Photos not taken by us are courtesy of The Cape, a Thompson Hotel.
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More Cape Cabo reviews
Check out our colleague Irene Levine’s Cape Cabo review on More Time to Travel. Also see our story, “Rooms With a View,” recently published in TravelAge West magazine. Click on the image below to read a PDF of this article. See here for the online version.
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